The National Trail walkers’ Passport scheme has been suspended. The stamping station boxes will appear on site when restrictions on visiting the countryside have been lifted.
Our on-line shop remains open. Please consider buying a Passport for a time when it is safe to visit the countryside once again.
Meanwhile income from the sale of Passports will continue to be support conservation projects the length of Offa’s Dyke as explained in the following piece, written before the restrictions on visiting the countryside came into effect.
Income from Walkers’ Passports in 2019 and pre-sales for the 2020 season have enabled the ODA’s Conservation Fund to commit this year to supporting important conservation projects along Offa’s Dyke Path. The £2,000 raised from the sale of Passports will help National Trail Officer Rob Dingle to buy the ground reinforcing sheets that are so vital if erosion and damage to the ancient monument is to be avoided. Walkers will come across the sheets at the gathering points at gateway and stile boundary crossings where wear and tear, known as ‘pinch points’, typically occurs.
Proactive measure such as this go beyond what Rob’s budget would otherwise have been able to afford. When we launched the Passport in May 2019 we pledged that income from sales would directly promote the conservation of the Dyke and therefore the well being of the National Trail. We encourage walkers in 2020 to buy the Passport and thereby help us to support yet more conservation projects.
The photo shows the outside ‘stamping station’ at the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton. The 2020 season runs between 1st May and 31st October.