Offa's Dyke Path

Walk the route of this ancient Anglo-Welsh border defence earthwork, two-thirds of which is in Wales, built by Offa, King of Mercia between 757 and 796 AD. This 177 mile/285 km trail runs from Prestatyn in the north to Chepstow in the south, crossing the current border over 20 times.

Prestatyn is also the start of the North Wales Path. Offa's Dyke Path heads south past Dyserth and on to Rhuallt.

The path continues to Bodfari and then heads south east through the Clwydian Hills. Wales Cottage Holidays has Llety Maes Ffynnon, a ground floor lakeside apartment at Ruthin sleeping 5 overlooking the award-winning lake and within a few minute's walk of this attractive medieval town centre. Further south, the path continues to the east of Llangollen and Glyn Ceiriog.

Much of the path now follows the Dyke itself as the route continues south to Welshpool. Gungrog Cottage near Welshpool is on the owner's farm, with views over the town to Powis Castle.

Again the path picks up the route of the Dyke as it continues south past Montgomery. Two Wales Cottage Holidays properties in this delightful border town with its magnificently sited castle include Fiddler's Cottage, a grade II listed half-timbered cottage with a four poster bed and 32 Arthur's Gate, a semi-detached house in a quiet position on the edge of the town.

With Churchstoke and Bishop's Castle to the east, the path crosses the Kerry Ridgeway and also meets up with the Shropshire Way path. See Cwmdulla Barn, a beautifully renovated cottage providing excellent spacious accommodation for 2.

Knighton and Presteigne are border towns next en route, where nearby Wales Holidays properties include: Kinverley, a popular two-bedroomed bungalow near New Radnor sleeping 5 with a large enclosed garden, and Black Patch, a secluded stone farmhouse for 8 with beautiful peaceful views.

Knighton, Gladestry and Newchurch are the towns and villages on the path as it winds its way down to Hay-on-Wye, where it meets up with the Wye Valley Walk. Large groups might like The Cottage sleeping up to 12 on an organic farm, part of which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest; together with the adjoining cottage, The Old Dairy, 16 people can be accommodated. Wales Cottage Holidays has another delightful C17th stone character cottage sleeping 6, The Old Mill, which has an enclosed garden and a nearby mill stream.

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.