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Walk Offa’s Dyke, the ultimate walking holiday! Follow the long distance trail as it wends its way from Prestatyn in the north of the country to Chepstow in the south. Available as a guided or self-guided trip, this one's not for the faint-hearted – by the end of it, you’ll have covered 177 miles.
The Offa's Dyke is a trail steeped in history and shrouded in a certain amount of mystery. King Offa of Mercia is said to have ordered the construction of the dyke back in the 7th century to provide an artificial border between Wales and her neighbour. Some of the ditch is still visible today and its route has now been designated a national walking trail stretching from Prestatyn in the north to Chepstow in the south.
This walk can be done in 12 or 14 days and over this time you'll cover 177 miles. Some of the things you’ll set eyes on are the Iron Age forts on the Clwydian Hills, the fairytale-esque woods known as Bettws Dingle, and Dinas Bran castle – set high on a perch above Llangollen. But the most spectacular sight of all has to be the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – the longest and highest bridge of its kind in the UK. And up close the sheer size of it is awe-inspiring - it looms 126 feet above the River Dee and stretches a thousand feet in length.
Fourteen days of solid walking isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so it’s fair to say you should be a pretty keen rambler. You’ll be covering 177 miles over the two weeks so make sure you’re prepared. But it’s not just the distance to consider, there’s the landscape too – this is Wales after all, and it’s not known for being flat. All things told though, this is a really rewarding holiday, and if you’ve got the stamina and the will, you’ll have an amazing time.
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