Saturday, August 27, 2011

Offa's Dyke

Offa's Dyke from Springhill.
Offa's Dyke is Britain's longest archaeological monument.  It is 80 miles long going from near Wrexham in North Wales to the Severn extuary near Chepstow.  It was built by King Offa of Mercia in the late 8th century.  They aren't sure why it was built.  It may have served as a barrier between Mercia and the kingdoms that existed in Wales.  Or maybe Offa just like to dig.  Either way, it is quite a piece of work.  There is a bank up to 25 ft in height with a western ditch.

We parked our car and Bill walked out to take the picture.  The Dyke stretched off across the horizon.

 If you are feeling energetic, there is a trail you can hike, Offa's Dyke path, that follows the ancient earthwork for about 30 miles.  The entire trail is 177 miles, crossing the border more than 20 times, so one gets to see beautiful landscapes in both countries.

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