8th July 2020
We have been informed that Hatterrall Ridge in Brecon Beacons National Park Loggerheads Moel Famau Country Park in the Clwydian Hills AONB are both now open to visitors. This means that the full length of Offa’s Dyke Path is now available as an end-to-end destination. Of course walkers must check before setting out that they have booked accommodation that is compliant with the Covid regulations applicable in England and Wales.
3rd July 2020 – In response to enquiries about camp site accommodation
along Offa’s Dyke Path during the Covid-19 pandemic
The following extracts, below, were sourced on the 3rd July 2020 from the Camping and Caravan Club website https://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/helpandadvice/travelplanning/coronavirus/
We will update this bulletin as and when things change. You are advised to check, before setting out on your holiday, that your overnight accommodation is booked and available.
“We are still waiting on further confirmation as to when we can open our facility blocks and welcome back tent campers and camper vans.
Current Welsh government policy states that only self-contained units of a caravan or a motor home will initially be allowed on site. You need to have your own on-board shower, WC and kitchen facilities. Unfortunately, the current policy means that campers in units without onboard facilities, such as tents, trailer tents and camper vans will be unable to stay on our Welsh campsites.”
“We have confirmation that we can open campsites with facility blocks in England on 4th July”.
Covid-19 – while the Offa’s Dyke Centre is closed
The Offa’s Dyke Centre is missing its visitors but we will remain closed until such time that the NHS and Government advises that it is safe to re-open once again; the safety of everyone must come first.
Meanwhile our on-line ‘Offa’s Dyke Shop’ is still open for business and we have some discounted offers to help you, looking ahead, plan your holiday along the National Trail. For instance a combination pack of Aurum Press guidebook, accommodation guide and walkers’ Passport now costs just £21.99 (was £25.99) + p&p.
Similar offers are on the way for the Cicerone Press and Trailblazer guidebooks. We are adding new books to the shop all the time so do have a look. Also on special ‘Offa’ at the moment is Volume 1 of the Offa’s Dyke Journal which now costs just £14.00 (instead of £25.00) + p&p. We bought them for sale at a public conference in Trefonen on 4th April which sadly had to be cancelled because of Covid-19. We are therefore selling them at cost and there are now only a few remaining.
Volunteer at the Offa’s Dyke Centre
When the Centre re-opens it is clear that we are going to needs volunteers willing to lend us a hand with looking after our visitors. We have several roles, both customer facing and behind the scenes so if you are interested in finding out more about working in the only heritage visitor centre dedicated to Offa’s Dyke and the National Trail please email firstname.lastname@example.org If you telephone the Centre (on 01547 528753) then please leave a message and we will get back to you).
Offa’s Dyke Association – who we are and what we do
The Offa’s Dyke Association (ODA) is the friend’s group for both Offa’s Dyke Path and Offa’s Dyke the 8th Century monument. An independent membership-based charity formed in 1969, it encourages and enables visitors to enjoy and understand the Dyke and Welsh Marches; it also actively promotes and financially contributes towards its conservation. The ODA is based in Knighton at the Offa’s Dyke Centre where visitors can view a free exhibition on King Offa, the 8th Century ruler of Mercia, and Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail. The Centre sells guide books and maps together with an extensive range of quality giftware, its art gallery features a new artist every month and the tea room, overlooking the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, enjoys 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 in hard copy and as a pdf version. Both can be purchased from our on-line shop.
Join the Association
The Offa’s Dyke Association was established to provide a link between walkers, archaeologists, historians, conservationists and those who live and work locally. 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 email email@example.com
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, in our Essential Guide to walking Offa’s Dyke Path and our 3 x per year members’ Newsletter. Call 01547 528753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Offa’s Dyke Centre room hire
We can tailor the Centre to suit your needs. Room hire during normal opening hours is £11 per hour and outside normal opening hours is £17.50. Our Knighton Room art gallery, which is perfect for small conferences of 40+ delegates, has screen, projector and lecturn facilities. We can also arrange catering for your event.
The Centre is also licensed for weddings.