Watch this space
Several people have contacted us recently, from both the UK and overseas, to ask if we know when the Offa’s Dyke Path will be available as an end-to-end destination walk. While we cannot say anything other than we don’t know but as soon as the situation changes we will use this space to keep you informed.
Many walkers have already bought their walkers’ Passports and we are ready to put the stamping station boxes back in their place just as and when we receive the green light to do so.
This sunny photo of the Centre was taken only recently. It remains closed for the time being but let’s look forward to the time when we can once again welcome our visitors and our school groups.
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.
Important statement from the trustees and staff of the Offa’s Dyke Association
In line with Government advice, and with the welfare and safety of our customers and staff our top priority, we have decided to close the Centre to the public until further notice. No other decision was possible.
We will still be here behind the scenes working hard to provide National Trail walkers and visitors with advice and information. Our members will receive their Newsletters as normal and new products will soon appear on our on-line shop.
The walking holiday companies and individuals who have bought National Trail ‘Passports’ for their holidays in 2020 can also rest assured that the stamping boxes will soon be on site for the season. The Passports do not have a ‘use-by’ date so they will continue to be valid in 2021 and beyond.
We will very shortly make further announcements about the postponement and cancellation of events that we and our partners had planned for you for the 2020 season.
Do keep in touch with us during this difficult time for everyone.
Phone: 01547 528753
We will of course keep the situation under close review and will re-open the Centre as soon as there is clear advice from Government and public health bodies that it is safe to do so. We realise this may cause disappointment, however, we hope people will understand the reasons for us taking this sensible decision. Please look after yourselves.
The Llandrindod Wells Art Group exhibition originally planned for April at the Offa’s Dyke Centre here in Knighton has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Centre remains closed until further notice.
Storm Dennis has removed a gate and section of river bank. The river has taken a huge chunk out of the field and in the ‘photo you can clearly see where the path surface comes to an abrupt halt.
This morning (20th February) the bank continues to be undercut leaving a dangerous over hang. As soon as we hear of a diversion we will post it here.