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This long-distance walking route follows the England-Wales border through changing landscapes for 177 miles along the 8th century Offa’s Dyke.
Starting in Chepstow and finishing in Prestatyn on the North Wales coast, this glorious route passes through the Wye Valley, the Brecon Beacons, the Shropshire Hills, the Dee Valley and the Clwydian Range – among many other memorable landscapes.
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The entire Offa’s Dyke path passes through eight counties and crosses the border more than 20 times, and to tackle the full route takes around two weeks. Many people prefer to walk the trail in smaller sections, with one of the more popular sections being the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Chepstow and Monmouth.
The toughest sections of the route are on the steep slopes of the Shropshire Hills, Brecon Beacons and Clwydian range, with the total ascent for the whole trail being around 28,000 feet – almost the height of Mount Everest.
This route was voted 41st in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: A wonderful long-distance route packed with stunning scenery and history. If you don’t have the time (or energy) to do the whole thing, we recommend the Wye Valley section.