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Celebrating 50 years of Offa’s Dyke Path

The 50th anniversary of the official opening of Offa’s Dyke Path will be commemorated with a new TV series, an exhibition, and ways for hikers to be involved too.

After a hugely successful series hiking the Welsh coast, Good Morning Britain presenter Sean Fletcher returns in 2021 with a new six part ITV Wales series about the Offa’s Dyke Path, Wonders of the Borders. 

A selection of work by the nation’s finest poets, inspired by the natural landscape, and paintings by Cardiff-born Dan Llywelyn Hall will form an exhibition in the Offa’s Dyke Centre, Walking with Offa. 

And members of the walking community are also being asked to get involved by submitting photos and stories from past visits to highlight the rich variety of experiences available along the breathtaking borderlands.

To join the story, simply share your photos and experiences from previous visits on social media using the hashtag #OffasDykePath.  

Under current legislation, with Wales on Alert Level 4, any exercise must start and end at home. But trail partners and Ramblers Cymru are hoping to hold a walking festival over a number of dates in July 2021, including special events and guided walks. This will depend on the covid-19 situation and regulations and government guidance in place at the time.

In addition, a new set of guides and itineraries is being launched and will be available free online.

The path is inspired by, and closely follows, Offa’s Dyke for roughly 40 miles of its length. Dating back to the 8th century, the earthwork monument of Offa’s Dyke was built on the command of King Offa of Mercia as a divide between Mercia and Powys.

Today, the path stretches from coast to coast, weaving through the rolling valleys, heather-clad mountains and leafy woodlands of eight counties and three of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (The Wye Valley, The Shropshire Hills and The Clwydian Range & Dee Valley), as well as the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Offa’s Dyke Path is managed and maintained in partnership with the managing authority areas through which it passes, Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire, Brecon Beacons National Park, Herefordshire, Powys, Shropshire, Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire, with core funding support from Natural Resources Wales and Natural England.

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