FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Some frequently asked questions about the Offa’s Dyke Path.

 

Q. How long is the Offa’s Dyke Path?

A. 177 miles / 283km. To walk the whole path takes about two weeks if you are reasonably fit.

 

Q. Is it hard going?

A. The Offa’s Dyke Path is not as high or windswept as some National Trails but it does undulate continually. This gives some stunning views but also some steep climbs, especially in South Shropshire. The most mountainous parts are in the Black Mountains (Pandy to Hay) and the Clwydian Hills (Llangollen to Prestatyn).

 

Q. Which is the best bit?

A. The path passes through one Natioanl Park, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and at least two Environmentally Sensitive Areas. The parts in between are also very attractive so it is difficult to make recommendations!

 

Q. How easy is it to follow?

A. The path is well waymarked and signed, but you should not attempt to walk it would a good map and / or guide book.

 

Q. Where do I find out more?

A. The best source of maps, guides and advice on the National Trail is the Offa’s Dyke Association (ODA) at the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton.  See the ‘Shop’ section of the website to purchase maps and guides and the ‘Plan Your Holiday – Accommodaiton on Offa’s Dyke Path’ for information on where to stay. Other useful information (such as distances and things to see) can be found under the’ National Trail section’ (The Dyke and Path dropdown list) and ‘Offa’s Dyke Association’ section.

 

Q. Accommodaiton?

A. The ODA publishes a ‘Where to Stay’ booklet, which includes information on Bed & Breakfasts, Camping and Self Catering establishments along the path. This information is also available on the website under the section ‘Plan Your Holiday – Accommodaiton on Offa’s Dyke Path’. The ODA also produces a ‘Backpackers & Camping List’.

 

Q. Can I cycle or ride the National Trail?

A. Only in short sections. The greater part of the route is on Public Footpaths, where bicycles and horses are not allowed unless the landowner gives permission. For a National Trail which does cater for riders and cyclists try the South Downs Way, the Ridgeway (Western section) or the Pennine Bridleway.

 

Q. What is the weather like?

A. At any time of year you should be prepared for rain, wind and mud. In summer (May – September) temperatures can range as high as 25-30C, but are more commonly around 20C. Night frosts can occur from October, snow is unusual outside January and February. Hours of daylight can also restrict walking in the months October to March.

 

Q. So when is the best season to walk?

A. Relatively few people choose to walk the path in winter. The main walking season is May to September. The busiest and warmest months are June to August. Though the path is never particularly busy some choose to walk in spring or autumn when it is cooler and quieter.

 

Q. What about luggage transfer?

A. Many accommodation providers can offer luggage transfers by arrangement, it is always best to book accommodation in advance where possible and make prior arrangments for luggage. Visit the section ‘Plan Your Holiday – Accommodaiton on Offa’s Dyke Path’ on the website for information about Accommodation. Alternatively accommodation providers can advise of local taxi companies who offer a luggage transfer service.

We also have a section ‘Guides, Taxis and Luggage’ under ‘Plan your Holiday’, which features more options regarding this.

 

Q. Can I leave my car at the Offa’s Dyke Centre whilst I walk the path?

A. Yes you can, please speak to a member of staff if possible as we would like to take your details and let you know where our parking spaces are, alternatively please put your details through the letterbox if you are away overnight/longer.

 

Q. Where do I start?

A. We have found that most people walk from South to North! This is for various reasons, but it is really up to you. Some walk the whole path in one go (10 to 14 days as stated above), other do South to Knighton or North to Knighton then repeat the other half at a later date and other walkers have previously done the path in smaller sections over a number of years.

 

 

For more information do not hesitate to contact the Offa’s Dyke Association and Centre via e-mail: oda@offasdyke.org.uk  or via telephone: 01547 528 753.