Offa's Dyke was constructed by the powerful King of Mercia in the late eighth century to mark out the western boundary of his kingdom. Hundreds of years later this is the inspiration for a 170-mile long-distance footpath traversing the border country of England and Wales. The Offa's Dyke Path makes its way through varied, sometimes wild, often remote, and frequently superb scenery, linked by a succession of historic towns and attractive villages.
Undertaken in its entirety, the route offers an attractive but at times demanding prospect for the long-distance walker, and should only be pursued after careful preparation and due regard to the season. If this seems rather too much of a challenge, all is not lost, for in common with most of Britain’s long-distance trails, the Offa’s Dyke Path – or the ODP, as it is more convenient to refer to it – may be enjoyed in a variety of ways.