Walking: Offa’s Dyke National Trail
National Trail - Offa's Dyke (12 days)
The dyke, now designated as the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, makes a dramatic crossing of Wales from south to north. It follows loosely the line of King Offa of Mercia’s original ditch and, in doing so, also follows loosely the line of the official border between the two nations. The early stages trace the wooded valley of the tidal Wye up to the attractive town of Monmouth. It then tracks west and then north to cross the austere, windswept ridges of the Black Mountains before dropping on to gentler ground again at Hay-on Wye.
The grassy ridges of Shropshire mark the halfway stage of the route and also signify a few days of easier going. The grand finale involves a fairly direct assault on the formidable Clwydian Range, topping out on the impressive heather-covered summit of Moel Famau, before dipping sweetly back down to join the coast at Prestatyn.
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