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Walkers’ Passport scheme suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic Sunday, 29/03/2020

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.

 

 

Coronavirus disease Covid-19 Tuesday, 17/03/2020

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.

Website: offasdyke.org.uk

Phone: 01547 528753

Email: oda@offasdyke.org.uk

Twitter: @offasdykecentre

Facebook: offasdykeassociationandcentre/facebook.com

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.

 

 

POSTPONED Llandrindod Wells Art Group Exhibition Friday, 13/03/2020

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.

Path closure River Teme in Knighton Thursday, 20/02/2020

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.

Offa’s Dyke Centre awarded 5 star rating Friday, 3/01/2020

We are proud to achieve this 5 star Food Hygiene rating.  Visit us to enjoy locally roasted coffee and loose leaf tea along with a slice of one our famous cakes, gluten free  included.  If you prefer vegan cake then please give us a few hours notice before you arrive so that we can have it ready for you.  During January we will be open daily 10am – 2pm daily (last refreshment order  1.30pm), except Friday 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st January when we will be closed. We will still be  able to take bookings for meetings and events  that extend over any whole day. Please contact us for further details.