Offa was the most powerful and successful of all the Mercian kings. He ruled from 757AD to 796 AD and dominated England from the Humber to the Channel.
Offa's Dyke is one of the most remarkable structures in Britain and provided a well-defined boundary between England and Wales. As originally constructed it must have been about 27 metres wide and 8 metres from the bottom of the ditch to the top of the bank.
The Offa's Dyke Path is a 280km, 177 mile National Trail between Chepstow on the Bristol Channel and Prestatyn on the North Coast of Wales. It passes through eight counties in England and Wales and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Wye Valley, the Shropshire Hills and runs the full length of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from north to south.
Many people choose to complete short sections in day trips or to take about two weeks for the whole journey. Many accommodation providers close to the Trail will take luggage on to the next overnight accommodation.
For more information visit either www.nationaltrail.co.uk/OffasDyke or www.offasdyke.demon.co.uk