location Prestatyn, Denbighshire, North Wales Coast

Offas Dyke Path

The end or the start of the Offa's Dyke path, the 177 mile (285km) national trail mostly straddling the border of Wales and England is found in Prestatyn, only a short walk from the Beaches Hotel. Experienced ramblers can start their 14-day walk at either end though it's popular to start the 'sea to sea' journey at the Servern Estuary at Sedbury. 

The path is named after King Offa. He's credited with commissioning the Dyke, which comprises of a built-up ditch and ramparts to separate his kingdom of Mercia from the rival kingdoms found in modern day Wales. There may well have been Roman efforts that pre-date these earthworks but the name has stuck since the 8th Century.  

The trail has ‘way marks’ but we'd recommend getting a good guidebook. This established trail was opened in 1971 and has become a firm British favourite walking trail especially between April and October.

For those new to walking, and only wishing to take on a day's ramble research the 'Bodfari- Prestatyn' section. This part of the path is where you can enjoy a series of stone stiles to the north of Marian Cwm which are unique to this section of the trail. On this stretch, appreciate marvellous views of Snowdonia and the North Wales coastline.

We always recommend letting someone know your walking trail plans before you set off, taking that map or guide, wearing appropriate footwear and packing waterproofs. 

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