We are trialling longer opening hours at the Offa’s Dyke Centre, initially on Saturdays only, commencing on Saturday 3rd June. By opening at 9.00am (instead of 10.00am) and staying open until 6.00pm (instead of 5.00pm) we hope that more national Trail walkers will visit the Centre.
Offa’s Dyke Association Chairman, Dave McGlade, said: “if it proves successful then we will trial longer opening hours on other days throughout the main walking season. Grant aid subsidies are now a thing of the past so the Offa’s Dyke Centre has to be based on sound business principles.
Visitors, Trail walkers and our members are our life blood. By broadening the appeal of the ODA to a wider audience, by attracting new members and generally seeing more activity in the Centre in Knighton, then we will not only be able to financially support more conservation projects along the Dyke but also ensure our long-term sustainability”.
In March this year we contributed £1500 towards a conservation project in the Wye Valley (see photo above). A section of National Trail was diverted off the crest of the monument and a stairway constructed across the Dyke to prevent any further erosion to it. This was made possible only through the generosity of our members and income generated at the Offa’s Dyke Centre.
So, if you are walking the Trail this week then please pass on the message that we look forward to seeing lots more walkers on Saturday!