Offa’s Dyke is a massive 1200 year old earthwork boundary, which runs on or close to the modern border between England and Wales. This extraordinary ancient monument is a unique reminder of the so called Dark Ages and the beginnings of modern Britain. The Dyke consists of a rampart, which can be up to 8 metres high, and a deep ditch, usually on the western side of the rampart.
Despite all the fighting between the English & Welsh, about 80 miles of the earthworks still survive & the best preserved parts are in this central area of the English/Welsh border. Offa’s Dyke is now a National Long Distance way marked walking trail, running sea to sea from Prestatyn in the North to Chepstow in the South.
And now….. we have just designed a new Wheely Wonderful Cycling holiday, which follows the route of the Offa’s Dyke from Chepstow to Prestatyn… this 8 day cycle tour is a great way to complete the 177 mile route. You can’t cycle on the Dyke (it’s an ancient monument after all), but you go through all the communities along the Dyke – with outstanding places to visit;…Castles at Chepstow, Powis and Chirk. The town of books at Hay on Wye, border market towns like Knighton and Bishop’s Castle and the world heritage site of on Poncysyllte Aqueduct.
Call us for more details on 01568 770755
Pic credit Offa’s Dyke near Knighton c Visit Wales.