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…
What is Offa’s Dyke?
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.
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.
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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