Off the beaten track: Offa’s Dyke, Powys

Theresa Casey discovers Offa’s Dyke.

From the age of ten I’ve made some wonderful memories in Powys. In the late 1980’s Mum and Dad bought an old school house where’d we’d spend most of our holiday time.  Built in the 1800’s, it is a place I fondly recall transported us far away from London life. My siblings and I would regularly head out on adventures often not to return until sunset.  Pounding the rolling hills, paddling in the river Ouse, setting up camps in places unknown to others; all the special things that childhood is made off.

You are spoilt by Mother Nature’s playground in Powys, so I jumped at the chance to revisit one of our favourite haunts – the riverside in Knighton, Welsh name, “Tref-y-Clawdd”, the town on the Dyke.
According to www.visitknighton.co.uk, Knighton is unique in Wales in that two National Trails meet here – Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndwr’s Way.  It is a beautiful part of the country, set in the rolling hills of the Marches; meaning both sides of the border, as Knighton is part in Shropshire in England and part in Powys in Wales.
A crisp spring day, we headed for a walk on to the Dyke. We set off to follow the National Trail that allowed us to see the Dyke and experience the glorious hills of Powys and South Shropshire.  There are some fantastic views along the way.
I’d recommend this place to anyone who likes to explore off the beaten track.
To find out more about Powys, Mid Wales and the full compliment of Offa’s Dyke go to http://www.visitknighton.co.uk/  Or Visit Knighton
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