For the English, Wales has always been a foreign land with its own Celtic language. In the 8th century A.D. King Offa of Mercia organised the construction of a north-south earth wall to keep out the Welsh rustlers – the famous Offa’s Dyke, now a National Trail for hikers. The Welsh Borderland is hill country, and some of the finest landscapes can be found walking in the Shropshire Hills: the heather moorlands of the Long Mynd and the rocky summits of the Stiperstones.

Offa's Dyke Path

Offa’s Dyke Path

Rolling hills, green valleys, wild moorland, fields, farms, castles and village inns characterise this tour, all with no bags to carry! To walk the whole trail from Chepstow on the Severn estuary to Prestatyn on the north coast takes a good two weeks, but there are shorter options lasting from 4 nights upwards, starting or ending at Hay-on-Wye (the town of books), Knighton (near the half-way mark), Welshpool or Llangollen.

Shropshire Way fingerpost

Shropshire Hills

Explore the tranquil borderland of England and Wales; stunning countryside, hill forts, heather moors and mediaeval history…from Church Stretton our route crosses the Long Mynd and the Stiperstones to the pretty Welsh Georgian town of Montgomery.