Autumn trails along Offa’s Dyke
Published: Monday 30th Sep 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Autumn is a glorious time to walk in Mid Wales and the borders. Enjoy a stay in Wales Holidays cottages and walk part of Offa’s Dyke for a marvellous way to explore this region. Offa’s Dyke is an ancient Anglo-Welsh border defence earthwork built by Offa, King of Mercia, between 757 and 796 AD. This 177 mile (285km) National Trail runs from Prestatyn on the North Wales coast to Chepstow in the south, with two-thirds of the path in Wales, though it crosses the current border over 20 times! From Prestatyn in the north, the path heads south and then southeast through the Vale of Clwyd area towards Ruthin, then continues on to the Oswestry and Llanfyllin area. Much of the path now follows the Dyke itself as the route carries on south to Welshpool.
Continuing south past Montgomery, with Churchstoke and Bishop’s Castle to the east, the trail crosses the Kerry Ridgeway and meets up with the Shropshire Way path. The border towns of Knighton and Presteigne are the next en route, before the path moves through Knighton and Gladestry and on as it winds its way down to Hay-on-Wye. Offa’s Dyke Path now skirts the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park, passing Abergavenny to the west then turning towards Monmouth and on to Chepstow.