Offa's Dyke Path National Trail runs from Chepstow to Prestatyn 177 mile (285 Km) long distance route running from the South Wales coast at Chepstow to the North Wales coast at Prestatyn, 28 miles goes through Shropshire.
Undulating with some steep climbs
Bishop's Castle, Knighton, Llanfair Waterdine, Oswestry
Lat/Long: 52.9325676566, -3.0988081579
Walking a National Trail
The Trail, which was opened in the summer of 1971, links Sedbury Cliffs near Chepstow on the banks of the Severn estuary with the coastal town of Prestatyn on the shores of the Irish Sea. It passes through no less than eight different counties and crosses the border between England and Wales over 20 times. The Trail explores the tranquil Marches (as the border region is known) and passes through the Brecon Beacons National Park on the spectacular Hatterrall Ridge, in addition it links no less than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The whole route is waymarked with the National Trail acorn which is standard to all National Trails in England and Wales.
There are three sections of the Offa’s Dyke Path running through Shropshire, from Knighton through the Shropshire Hills AONB to the Kerry Ridgeway near Bishops Castle, a short section, mostly in Shropshire, that passes by the old County Town of Montgomery and from Llanymynech crossing Oswestry Old Racecourse to Chirk Mill. The sections through Shropshire include some of the best preserved and impressive sections of the Offa’s Dyke monument.
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Knighton to Kerry Ridgeway
This is one of the most spectacular and challenging sectional of the Offa’s Dyke Path as it contains some of the best preserved section of the monument and has some of the impressive scenery also containing some of the most undulating section of the National Trail. It passes over several high point with good views and descend down to the tranquil valleys one being at the little church of St John’s at Churchtown near Mainstone, well worth the effort and hopefully enjoying the achievement and views gain along the way.
Mellington to the River Camlad
This section of the National Trail is flatter but still as interesting, passing through the old valley bottom created by the receding glaciers, the route meanders in and out of the two Countries of England and Wales many times passing Montgomery as it does, finally leaving England & Shropshire at the bridge over the River Camlad.
Llanymynech to Chirk Mill
No sooner does the Offa’s Dyke Path enter Shropshire and England and goes close to the Llanymynech Heritage Limeworks Area then it passes back into Powys and Wales only to briefly re-visit the County again. It crossing back into England and Shropshire at the impressive Blodwel Rocks to then head over the Moelydd where spectacular panoramic view can be seen of the route travelled the way ahead. After passing the Village of Trefonen the National Trail climbs through Candy Wood to pass over the Old Oswestry Racecourse from where it heads up to Selattyn Hill and afterwards runs adjacent to the Dyke until Bronygarth and at Chirk Mill it continues north through the Welsh countryside to the coast.
Full details of the National Trail can be found on www.nationaltrail.co.uk/offas-dyke-path.