Offa’s Dyke National Trail (& Geocoin)

July 14, 2014

Not heard of Offa’s Dyke? There’s a National Trail that runs along its route, and we dropped off a special Geocoin. Hope you find it…

Offa's Dyke National Trail

What is Offa’s Dyke?

Offa's Dyke continuing over the hills
Offa’s Dyke is an ancient earth work that runs along the border between England and Wales.

Think “Hadrian’s Wall” but for England & Wales….and with a different history.

It gets its name from the Mercian King Offa, one of the great Anglo-Saxon leaders, who is said ordered its construction.

Although that would date it to the 8th century, I have heard the archeologists believe that at least part of the dyke are from a much earlier period, leading to speculation that the dyke was ‘enhanced’ by King Offa.

Walking Offa's Dyke
I’ve seen parts of Offa’s Dyke nothing more than small mound, but other sections are considerably higher, making this a very impressive man made wall.

Offa’s Dyke Path

Welcome to Shropshire Hills on Offa's Dyke Path
Running along much of the remains of Offa’s Dyke is Offa’s Dyke Path.

Offa’s Dyke Path is a National Trail. You can walk 177 miles ‘coast to coast’, starting at the estuary of the River Severn and walking to the shores of North Wales.

According to the National Trail website, you could complete the trail in two weeks. You could of course just do it in chunks as and when you can.

Geocaching and the National Trail

Of course, walking a 177 miles with kids would be a challenge, and sometimes even the shortest walk can be a challenge, but we’ve found that Geocaching is a fantastic way to get the family out hiking…. and there’s quite a few geocaches a long the route.

National Trail Geo Coin
We were honoured when the National Trail organisation asked us to place a special National Trail Geocoin in a cache hidden on Offa’s Dyke Path.

We’re not going to tell you where it is – that would be cheating…

All we’re going to say is it’s on the Shropshire / Wales border, the old Offa’s Dyke boarder to be precise.  😉


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