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Walking the Offa's Dyke Path

21960964Walking is one of the most popular activities in Wales. When you see the scenery it's not really surprising.

There are hundreds of walks all over the country - in our towns and cities, through the countryside and along the coast. Some are flat, some a little steeper. All the routes offer their own challenges but if you're looking for something really testing then the biggest of the lot is the Offa's Dyke Path.

Offa's Dyke itself is the historic border between Wales and England which was built around 757AD and today the path follows this route all the way from Chepstow in the south, right the way up through the country to Prestatyn on the North Wales coast. A total of 177 miles.

The path goes through some of the most stunning scenery in Wales - wild moorland, majestic valleys, and mysterious woodland. It also goes through the Wye Valley, officially and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sites to look out for on the route include the market town of Chepstow with its 11th century castle standing guard over the Wales/England border, the beautiful village of Tintern and its imposing Abbey, the 3 castles of Grosmont, Skenfirth and White Castle and the 12th century Llanthony Priory, sitting in a secluded valley in the Black Mountains.

If you're up for the challenge then it's definitely worth the effort.

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