Offa’s Dyke Path is a walking trail that roughly follows the full length of the border between Wales and England for 285 km from the Severn Estuary in the South to the Irish Sea in the North. The dyke is an earthen wall along parts of the border, built about 1000 years ago by the Saxons to keep out the Welsh and other invaders. Offa was a Saxon king of that period and construction of the dyke is attributed to him, but no one really knows. It is one of Britain’s National Trails and is popular.
The route is hilly and traverses farmland as well as some low mountains. I’m doing the walk over 12 days staying at small hotels and B&Bs.
Arriving from Scotland was going from winter to summer. The weather is wonderful. Spring here was cold and unusually wet; everyone is rejoicing that warm sunny weather has finally arrived. Unfortunately the trail is still wet and muddy in places, but it should dry in the next few days.
The first two days have been a mix of some forest and a lot of farmland. Both days have been long, close to 30 km each day, with quite a bit of climbing. But the rewards are good views, the intense green of new leaves and fresh grass, and wildflowers.
A few photos:
The Severn Estuary, South end of Wales
Start of the walk
Castle in Chepstow ( where I stayed before starting the walk).
Tintern Abbey seen from above the River Wye
Wildflowers carpeting the forest
Fortified gate over the river at Monmouth
Walker on a country road with hedges on both sides
Horses grazing on a hill