Offa's Dyke Path is 177miles / 285 kilometres long trail and is one of 15 designated Long Distance National trails. It follows Britians longest ancient monument, a massive linear earth roughly following the border between Wales and England and built by King Offa.
The Trail starts at Sedbury near Chepstow and finishes in the north at Prestatyn. If combined with the Wales Coast Path it allows for a continuous walking route of 1,030 miles/1,660 km around the whole of Wales, the only country in the world that can offer this.
Chepstow is very proud to be at the start and finish of both of these nationally important trails.
Many walkers complete the trail in stages, coming back over several weekends or years.
Sample Weekend Itinerary
Friday: Arrival at your chosen accommodation. The official start of Offa's Dyke Path is by a commemorative marker stone by Sedbury Cliffs, about a mile east of Chepstow across the river Wye. Today you could either walk to the start or take a bus and walk back to Chepstow just to ease those legs in.
Saturday: Chepstow to Brockweir Bridge From the bridge by Chepstow Castle follow a well-marked trail northwards for the day. Chepstow Castle is the oldest castle in Wales and dates from 1067. It is open throughout the year and well worth a visit.
The path is often high above the river of this ancient wooded valley with some fantastic viewpoints along the way including the Devil's Pulpit. Drop down to visit the picturesque village of Tintern which hugs the Wye at this point and take time to visit Tintern Abbey founded in 1131 by monks of the Cistercian Order, continue until Brockweir before catching the bus back to Chepstow.
Sunday: Brockweir to Monmouth Brockweir is a lovely village with a fantastic award winning community village shop and a pub. The route continues to follow the beautiful Wye Valley which has many rare species of British trees.
Return to Chepstow feeling satisfied that you have now completed 17 miles of Offa's Dyke Path.
For further information visit the National Trail Website