Our purpose / Ein pwrpas:
To promote the conservation, improvement and better knowledge of the Welsh Border region along the Offa's Dyke Path.
I ennyn diddordeb yn nhiriogaeth Clawdd Offa yn ogystal a'i ddiogelu a'i ddatblygu.


 

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Offa’s Dyke Centre summer opening 

We are now open Wednesdays – Sundays 10am to 4pm

(Visitors will notice that the adjoining public toilet block is still closed although we have permission to use, for a limited time only, the disabled WC for our customers. We are running the facility at our own expense)

Who we are and what we do

The Offa’s Dyke Association is a volunteer-led membership-based charity run by a board of  trustees.

We are  the friend’s group for both Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail and Offa’s Dyke the 8th Century monument.  Founded in 1969 we promote and facilitate the general public’s understanding and appreciation of Offa’s Dyke, the National Trail and the landscape of the Welsh Marches.  We also actively promote and financially contribute towards its conservation.  The Association is based at the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton (postcode LD7 1EN;  W3W walled.unity.apart) at roughly the half way point along the length of Dyke and Trail.

We do not receive any form of financial assistance from either national or local government towards the running the  Centre. We do, however, pride ourselves on running a very professional visitor centre and museum and in 2021 we opened a brand new exhibition, curated by Professor Keith Ray, interpreting both Offa’s and Wat’s Dykes. We are gradually expanding our wider education and community work. We are also in partnership with Cadw, Historic England and Shropshire County Council in the delivering the Offa’s Dyke Conservation Management Plan project.

This all takes time, willingly gifted by trustees and our volunteers, and we would like to do more but there is a limit to what we can do without help. So, if you are interested in lending a hand as a volunteer at the Centre or if you feel that you have skills useful to us as a trustee then please get in touch by emailing oda@offasdyke.org.uk  We have trustee vacancies for Secretary, Treasurer and Content Editor (newsletter, website, social media). We also need assistance with HR.

We sell guide books and maps both online and in the Centre together with an extensive range of quality giftware, and guests in our tea room, overlooking the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, will enjoy the best view in town.  You can download our English pdf leaflet here, a gallwch lawrlwytho’r fersiwn Cymraeg yma.

Our invaluable accommodation listing, the Essential Guide to Walking Offa’s  Dyke Path (formerly called the Where to Stay Guide  is available  from our on-line shop.

Offa's Dyke Association - the path and dyke descending into the Clun valley, Shropshire
By Jim Saunders, showing the path and Dyke descending into the Clun valley, Shropshire.

Join the Association

All interested individuals and organisations interested in the Welsh Border region are invited to join. Full membership is £20 a year for individuals or £25 a year for  joint membership.  Charity and community not-for-profit groups join for £20 per year.  Every membership subscription supports our Offa’s Dyke Conservation Fund which helps to pay for practical conservation projects  that promote the long term well being of the monument.  If you would like a sample pdf copy of our Newsletter then please download our Winter 2019 edition here.

Advertise your business 

If you provide services to Offa’s Dyke walkers, whether an accommodation business, pub, café, tea room, taxi firm or operate as a community not-for-profit business  then we have a range of advertising options on our website and our 2 x per year members’ Newsletter. Call 01547 528753 or email services@oda.org.uk for more information.