The Passport stamping station boxes will soon be set out in time for for a season opener on 1st May.
Sales of the seasonal Passport support our Offa’s Dyke Conservation Fund; it is also a way for you to record your achievement of having walked the National Trail and some significant stretches of Britain’s longest ancient monument. You can collect all the stamps in one fell swoop or walk the Trail in stages over several years collecting your stamps over a period of time..
Why is is seasonal, between May and October? We decided to follow the same format as Hadrian’s Wall Path which of course shadows the line of Hadrian’s Wall. There the passport is seasonal in order to encourage long distance walkers to consider walking the route during what are normally the drier months of the year – between May and October. Like Hadrian’s Wall, the archaeological earthworks of Offa’s Dyke are more vulnerable to damage and erosion in the wet winter months, hence the seasonality of our Passport. In the fullness of time, however, when those sections of Offa’s Dyke still located on the crest or bankside of the monument have been diverted onto level ground alongside, then the aim would be to extend the passport season. The Passport is not only a talking point for walkers also a means by which they can engage with the process of conserving our heritage. Offa’s Dyke is an important chapter in the history of Britain.
You can buy your Passport in advance of your holiday from our online shop for £5 + p&p.
They are also available from Chepstow TIC, Redbrook Village Store & Post Office and Hay-on-Wye TIC.
We have produced a downloadable pdf guide to locating the stamping stations. If you have any suggestions for improving it please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The stamping stations are as follows, from north to south:
Nova Sports Centre Prestatyn (at reception); Oriel Bodfari Gallery; Llandegla community shop; Carreg y Big Oswestry Equestrian Centre (on fence opposite north bound stile); Beacon Ring hillfort; Mellingon Lodge gates; Offa’s Dyke Centre, Knighton; Hergest Croft Gardens (on metal fence inside a few yards along customer path entrance; Hay-on-Wye TIC; Llangattock Lingoed Church (Trail sign post next to gate); Redbrook village store; Chepstow TIC (on outside wall under glass canopy).
The Hergest Croft Gardens stamping station box has a notebook for walkers to note the date and direction that they are walking in. If it is popular then we will put notebooks in more of the boxes – do let us know.
Proceeds from sale of the Passport support the ODA’s Conservation Fund. The more Passports that we sell the more conservation projects to promote the long term conservation and welfare of the monument that we will be able to support.
Walking companies interested in selling the passports to their customers should contact the ODA by emailing email@example.com
We hope that you enjoy your walk!