Offa's Dyke Path: British Walking Guide With 98 Large-scale Walking Maps, Places To Stay, Places To Eat by Keith CarterOffa's Dyke Path: British Walking Guide With 98 Large-scale Walking Maps, Places To Stay, Places To Eat by Keith Carter

Offa's Dyke Path: British Walking Guide With 98 Large-scale Walking Maps, Places To Stay, Places To…

byKeith Carter

Paperback | July 7, 2015

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The Offa's Dyke Path is a magnificent National Trail that runs from the North Wales coast to the Severn Estuary following the line of Offa's Dyke, an impressive 8th century earthwork along the English/Welsh border. The ever-changing landscape - the Wye Valley, the Black Mountains, the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Hills - is steeped in history and legend providing 177 miles of fascinating walking. * 98 walking maps - 1:20,000 (3-1/8 inches to 1 mile) - the largest-scale maps available. *Unique mapping features - walking times, directions, tricky junctions, places to stay, places to eat, points of interest. * Itineraries for all walkers - whether walking the route in its entirety or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks. * Practical information for all budgets - what to see, where to stay, where to eat: pubs, B&Bs, hotels, campsites, hostels. * Guides to 52 towns and villages - along the way * Public transport information - all access points on the path. * GPS waypoints. These are also downloadable from the Trailblazer website. * Includes extra color sections: 16pp color introduction and 16pp of color mapping for stage sections (one stage per page) with trail profiles.
Keith Carter has over 40 years' experience of hiking Britain's long-distance paths with numerous magazine articles published on the subject.
Title:Offa's Dyke Path: British Walking Guide With 98 Large-scale Walking Maps, Places To Stay, Places To…Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.14 × 4.73 × 0.55 inPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:Trailblazer PublicationsLanguage:English

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Introduction‘Wherever I have been in Wales, I have experienced nothing but kindness and hospitality, and when I return to my own country, I will say so’. George Borrow Wild Wales 1862For 177 miles (285km), from Prestatyn in the north of Wales to Chepstow in the south, the Offa’s Dyke Path winds along the English-Welsh border, roughly following the line of the 1200-year-old frontier earthwork which gives it its name. This magnificent long-distance footpath ranges over terrain diverse as any you will find in Britain; it traverses the whaleback ridges of the Clwydian Hills, along canal towpaths and old drovers’ roads, beside the banks of the meandering Severn and Wye rivers, through the Shropshire hills and over the Black Mountains. The Border Country is the land of Merlin and Arthur, a land of history and legend, from which sprang Owain Glyndwr and the Lord of the Rings. To journey through it on foot is the finest way to discover one of Britain’s best-kept secrets.You leave the North Wales coastline for a bracing walk over the Prestatyn hillside with its awesome views of the mountains of Snowdonia before you take to the small lanes and hedgerows of the Vale of Clwyd. This farmland introduction gives way to the splendid ridges of the Clwydian Range and fine walking. Beyond Llandegla you enter a region that might be part of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, the limestone cliffs and screes of the Eglwyseg Crags above the festival town of Llangollen. Then you follow the canals, crossing the magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct; the inspiring views of the Marcher castle of Chirk herald your first glimpse of the Dyke itself.You continue across the Severn Plain on a more modern man-made embankment with panoramic views of the Breidden Hills and then up to the Iron Age hill-fort of Beacon Ring with its crown of trees. As you approach the halfway mark at Knighton, ‘the town on the dyke’, you come to a part of the route aptly named the Switchbacks. Then it’s on to Kington and the Hergest Ridge, a place of heather, gorse and wild ponies, with extensive views of the ‘blue-remembered’ hills of Shropshire and the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Hay-on-Wye with its thirty or so second-hand book shops is a welcome stop for a night. From here the trail climbs over Hay Bluff to the Hatterrall Ridge following the spine of this fine massif.From Pandy you pass through a hidden world of intimate villages and quiet byways where you’re likely to meet only livestock and farm people. Monmouth is well worth exploring before the long walk down the River Wye’s wooded slopes, passing Tintern Abbey, to Chepstow and the end of this superb trail at Sedbury Cliffs.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION - (1) PART 1: PLANNING YOUR WALK 1.1 About the Offa's Dyke Path, History - How difficult is the Offa's Dyke Path? (route finding) - How long do you need? 1.2Practical information for the walker Accommodation (camping, bunkhouses and ho