Offa's Dyke Path is one of twelve designated National Trails. With Hadrian's Wall It is the only national trail to follow a man-made feature. Built by Offa, King of Mercia in 757 to 796 AD the dyke formed the boundary between England & Wales, running 182 miles from Prestatyn in the north to Sedbury, near Chepstow in the south. Men from the border country along the Mercian (English) side all had to contribute: they could send food or they could build 128cm of dyke.
Although the Trail is not as challenging as more mountainous routes, there are some remote sections with rough and boggy mountain and hill paths, and many steep inclines, especially on the 24km/15-mile "switchback" section between Knighton and Brompton Crossroads. Much of the land you pass is used for grazing livestock and there are many, many stiles!
The route appeared on the initial list of suggestions for National Trails in 1949, and was finally opened in 1971, thanks mainly to the efforts of volunteers from the Offa's Dyke Association. The Trail is maintained by local authorities coordinated by the Countryside Council for Wales (including the sections in England), and the Association remains active in maintaining and promoting the route and running the Offa's Dyke Information Centre in Knighton, about half way along the route.
The purpose of offering Offa's-Dyke is to provide you with a means to book your own accommodation and/or take advantage of other commercial services offered along the route. A trail planner is provided to help you plan your itinerary.