A Walking holiday following the UK’s longest ancient monument and border between England and Wales
Offa’s Dyke Path is a wonderful 177 mile walking holiday coast-to-coast to the Irish Sea. No other UK walking holiday features such contrast and variety of unspoilt scenery, or imparts such a sense of walking through over two thousand years of history.
Offa’s Dyke itself is Britain’s longest ancient monument, an earthwork named after the powerful 8C Saxon King Offa, who ordered a defensive earthen barrier be built as a monument to his greatness, and a discouragement to the hostile Welsh Celtic tribes in the west raiding his kingdom.
In the 12th century it became the warring border between Welsh nobles and Norman conquerors who built a string of defensive castles along its length.
Offa’s Dyke Path follows the high ground wherever possible with wonderful views over the Welsh and English countryside. You walk through the Black mountains, the Welsh Marches of Herefordshire, Powys and Shropshire, the Berwyn Mountains and the broad grassy Clwydian Hills.
Beginning your Offa’s Dyke walk near Chepstow and ending at Prestatyn, you’ll:
- Pass the Norman castles of Chepstow, White Castle and Chirk
- Discover early medieval abbeys at Tintern and Llanthony
- Browse the famous old bookshops of Hay-on-Wye
- Be inspired by the setting of Bruce Chatwin’s novel On The Black Hill
- Cross the amazing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in the Pontcysyllte World Heritage site.
Walking Holidays with Celtic Trails
Celtic Trails is the oldest and most experienced walking holiday company in Wales. We arrange walking itineraries for clients who appreciate high standards of service, comfort and organisation.
We are only a phone call away and will plan your perfect walking holiday to a tee. All you have to decide is when to go. Call us today on 01291 689774 to start planning your walking holiday along Offa’s Dyke Path.