Crossing the border between England and Wales more than ten times in its 293km (182m), the Offa’s Dyke Path passes through some of the most attractive landscape. Originally conceived on the theme of the famous eighth-century earthwork, the path often follows the line dictated by the ruthless King Offa himself. This ensures high ground and commanding views into the mountains and valleys of Wales. Where for practical reasons the Dyke cannot be followed, as in the Black Mountains and the Gwydian Hills, the route has bee chosen for scenic quality alone. The result is a walk packed with interest, through patchwork of fields, over windswept ridges and across infant rivers flowing down from the Welsh hills.