Offa's Dyke Path

This Quest is to visit waypoints on Offa's Dyke Path, which is one of 15 officially designated National Trails. It meanders 177 miles along the England-Wales border from Chepstow in the south to Prestatyn in the north, roughly following stretches of earthwork that are attributed to Offa, 8th century King of Mercia. We think they are Roman, but that is for another blog.

ODP is one of the more challenging National trails, both long and slopey (by British standards). Despite its length - start and end aside - it passes through just two significant towns and only a handful of other settlements. Some see this as as a blessing, thrilled by what are arguably the most unspoilt views of any National Trail. Others bemoan the absence of amenities and man-made interests.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, of course, was the highlight for us, but we also thoroughly enjoyed the churches, spectacular views from the Devil's Pulpit and Hay Bluff, and the second-hand bookshops at Hay.

Your reward for visiting all 28 Quest Points is the title Offa's Dyke Conqueror. There is an intermediate rank of Hiker for visiting 14 Quest Points.