The Big Welsh Walk To Celebrate 50 Years Of The Offa’s Dyke Path
In partnership with National Trails, Ramblers Cymru are running a series of guided walks over three weekends in September. The walks are being held as a part of this year’s Big Welsh Walk to showcase Offa’s Dyke Path as the route celebrates it’s 50th year. The festival offers walks for all levels with a long, an intermediate, and a family walk in each of three locations — Moel Famau, Knighton and Tintern.
50 Years of The Offa’s Dyke Parh
The festival aims to shine a spotlight on the Offa’s Dyke Path — now in its 50th year. It will introduce locals and new walkers alike to the amazing diversity of the route, including the breath-taking views of the Clwydian Range and gentle riverside rambles. The route also takes in market towns including Hay-on-Wye and Monmouth.
The Offa’s Dyke Path, which was opened in the summer of 1971, links Sedbury Cliffs on the River Severn with the coastal town of Prestatyn on the shores of the Irish sea. It takes in eight different counties on the 177 mile route and crosses the England – Wales border more than 20 times. Offa’s Dyke is one of the many epic long distance hikes in and around Wales.
The trail gets its name from the spectacular Dyke ordered by King Offa in the 8th century to divide his Kingdom of Mercia from rival kingdoms in what is now Wales. Covering more than 80 miles, Offa’s Dyke is Britain’s longest ancient monument.
The Big Welsh Walk
On Saturday 4 September, walkers can choose between three walks at Moel Famau including a challenging 11-mile trek featuring a bronze age burial mound and a family-friendly five-mile stroll through woods and rivers.
The following weekend the walks start from Knighton and feature a particularly stunning section of the path as it skirts King Offa’s earthwork.
The final three walks feature Tintern in the Wye Valley, including a climb to the famous Devil’s Pulpit above Tintern Abbey.
During the Big Welsh Walk we’d like people to join us for walks on the stunning Offa’s Dyke Path and experience the many benefits walking has to offer. Whether you are a keen walker or someone wanting to take their first steps, we have something suitable for everyone.Angela Charlton, Director of Ramblers Cymru
To book your individual or family ticket to the Big Welsh Walk or to find out more about the walks, please visit:
Moel Famau, Saturday 4 September: Book here.
Knighton, Saturday 11 September: Book here.
Tintern, Saturday 18 September: Book here.
For more information about Ramblers Cymru visit: www.ramblers.org.uk/wales
Image credit: Offa’s Dyke Path and MotherGoose