Offa’s Dyke Path begins (or ends) at Sedbury Cliff, near Chepstow. The Sedbury site is marked by a commemorative stone and arguably the best place anywhere on the Dyke for seeing the full profile of this imposing Earthwork. The rampart and the ditch are clear to see and really impressive.
Sedbury Cliff is a short walk from the Greenman Backpackers therefore our Chepstow Bed and Breakfast Hostel is the ideal starting/finishing point for those wishing to take on either the whole 177-mile trek or maybe just a part of it.
Outlining the boundary between the Anglian Mercia and the Welsh kingdom of Powys the Dyke was ordered to be built in the 8th. Century by King Offa of Mercia. The Dyke is one of twelve designated National Trails in Britain and is Britain’s longest Ancient Monument. “Lonely Planet” names Offa’s Dyke Path among the World’s greatest walks.
The Offa’s Dyke Path is faithful to the Dyke itself wherever possible and walking its length from Chepstow to Prestatyn the walker will cross, in total, eight Counties and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Wye Valley, the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Hills. It is part Waymarked. The path crosses the English/Welsh Border twenty times so be sure to bring your Passport!
The Geology, Scenery, Flora, Fauna and Wildlife along its length are as diverse as they are amazing and the walker will experience exposed Moors, lush River Valleys, Woodlands, including the beautiful Clun Forest, and two Coasts all in one walk.
The walk itself is easy to moderate and can be visited by section or in its entirety. Allow approximately twelve days to walk all of it or you could, as the author once did, run it in a relay team for Charity in five days!
In our immediate area, the Dyke takes the walker from Chepstow to Tintern with the most incredible views down on to the River and the Abbey from Devil’s Pulpit. It’s breath-taking and you will never forget it.
This is followed by Monmouth, Abergavenny, Hay on Wye, Kington, Knighton with its Offa’s Dyke Centre which is well worth a visit. From there on to Welshpool, Llangollen (check out its aqueduct), and finally Prestatyn on the North Wales Coast. To help our guests we may be able to forward onward luggage and offer other support for the first leg of Offas Dyke.
There are regular opportunities to stop each day with much more to do and see than need be outlined here and your day need not be too taxing. If you enjoy walking from Chepstow to Prestatyn along the Offa’s Dyke Path then why not walk back down it and stay with us again!?
If you are interested in walking the path and you require clean, affordable and welcoming accommodation. Give us a call or drop us an e-mail. But I suggest you look at our reviews first as that will help your decision-making process.
Hopefully see you soon,
Mick & Ness