A trail of two countries

Published May 11, 2023

My obsession with the UK’s National Trails has taken a bit of a backburner recently, but I decided to go in search of another starting point. This time, I looked for the trail that practically divides two countries - Offa’s Dyke Path. The path is a wobbly straight line hovering around the border between England and Wales, following the 8th century Dyke construction by King Offa. Lots of history.

A photo of the stone that signals the start of the Offa’s Dyke Path reading: “This marks the start and the finish of 168 miles of long distance footpath designated by the countryside commission”

I only did a few kilometres of the actual path, and it’s a weird mixture of housing estates and hilly woodlands. The forest areas are really pretty though, leading up to cliffs with great views of the Severn and its bridges. And it has that old school feeling - like Robin Hood might be riding along here at any moment.

A photo of the grassy path going slightly uphill and surrounded by trees

Finally a photo of Chepstow Castle which is not on the path but makes for a good view.

A photo of the ruins of Chepstow Castle, perched on cliffs overlooking the muddy river

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