This guidebook - which includes both a guide to the route and a separate OS map booklet - describes Offa's Dyke Path National Trail from south to north, following the longest linear earthwork in Britain, running 177 miles along the English-Welsh border between Sedbury (near Chepstow) and Prestatyn on the north Wales Coast.
The book splits one of Britain's classic trails into 12 stages suitable for walkers of all abilities. Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:100,000 OS map extracts. Also included with this guidebook is a booklet of 1:25,000 OS maps, which provides all the mapping needed to complete the trail in a compact form. A trek planner gives at a glance information about facilities, public transport and accommodation available along the route.
The walk is astonishingly varied, taking in the lower Wye gorge, the Severn and the Dee rift valley, the pastures and woodlands of the border country, the remote moorland of the Black Mountains and the Clwydian range, and the dramatic limestone escarpments of Eglwyseg mountain. What makes it even more special is over 60 miles walking alongside the Saxon earthwork of Offa's Dyke.
Mike Dunn was born in Leicester but has lived in Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan for over 30 years. He worked for the Welsh Assembly Government, latterly specialising in environmental and conservation issues, and has written widely on landscape, walking, pubs and real ale. Mike's favourite locations for walking are the Welsh borders, the Hebridean Islands and the Lake District.
Map key Route summary table Overview map and profile Trek planner INTRODUCTION From the Severn to the Irish Sea Planning your trip Selecting a schedule When to go Travel to the Path Transport along the Path First and last nights Accommodation Facilities Baggage transfer What to take Planning day by day Using this guide Maps and GPS Waymarking Weather forecasts Phones and wi-fi Emergencies All about the Welsh Marches Geology and landscape Plants and wildlife Border prehistory Offa and the Dyke The Welsh Marches after Offa OFFA'S DYKE PATH Stage 1 Above the Lower Wye Gorge Stage 2 Sheep and cider in remote Monmouthshire Stage 3 Crossing the Black Mountains Stage 4 Gladestry and Hergest Ridge Stage 5 The Radnorshire Hills Stage 6 Ups and downs in deepest Shropshire Stage 7 The Vale of Montgomery and Long Mountain Stage 8 Across the Severn valley Stage 9 Exploring the unknown Marches Stage 10 The Vale of Llangollen and Eglwyseg Rocks Stage 11 The Clwydian Range Stage 12 Northern hills and coast Appendix A Useful contacts Appendix B Accommodation along the route Appendix C Topographical Welsh glossary Appendix D Further reading