Offa’s Dyke, the 80 mile long earthwork for centuries marking the border between England and Wales, runs along ridge tops between (formerly) fortified valley towns, resulting in some splendidly scenic walking.
In the section that we have chosen for our walking, the first two walking days are a gentle introduction, while the final two (at 22km and 26km respectively) will shake out decisively any cobwebs (though we offer shortening options too).
Less well known than the Dyke are the pretty little Marcher towns, settled around a castle to police the sometimes unruly frontier. Bishop’s Castle, Clun, Knighton, Kington and Hay-on-Wye are all historic, charming and friendly, with excellent eating and drinking in pubs and restaurants.
Our choice of Hay-on-Wye as the destination for this walk needs no apologies. Its world famous annual literary festival is matched by an astonishing number of independent second-hand bookshops of all sizes, giving limitless browsing opportunities for the walking booklover. The owners will send home your serendipitous finds anywhere in the world, unless you can’t resist taking your cherished volume down to the banks of the gentle River Wye for a lazy afternoon in the sun.
Four and three night versions of this holiday are also available. See the On Foot Holidays website for details of prices and dates.