Offa's Dyke Path
Follow the ancient earthwork for 177 miles from the Severn Estuary to the Irish Sea
by Tony Gowers
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Pub Date 15 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 27 Jul 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion, Frances Lincoln
Offa's Dyke Path (Gogledd Llwybr Clawdd Offa) is the 177-mile National Trail following the ancient earthwork that criss-crosses the border country of modern England and Wales, from the Severn Estuary to the seaside resort of Prestatyn on the Irish Sea. This is the complete, official guide for the long-distance walker or the weekend stroller. All you need is this one book. It contains:
* the route split into convenient sections
* Ordnance Survery mapping for the entire route
* comprehensive, up-to-date information on public transport, accommodation and places of interest
* background information on everything from archaeology to wildlife
* lavishly illustrated with colour photography throughout
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 11 members
I thought this was the perfect walking book: clear maps and well-described routes. I am reviewing without having had the opportunity to test one of the routes as we don't live in Wales but it has really whetted my appetite for doing some of the sections in this book (not sure I'm up to doing the whole thing!) Great photos too of things to look out for along the way. This is definitely a book I would recommend and buy.
Having read a book recently which featured Offa's Dyke I was tempted to visit the area and explore. This is the ultimate guidebook to take. Full of detailed plans for all sections of Offa's Dyke with photos, detailed maps, advice on services available en route and suggestions of towns and sites to visit- this book has everything and I am now eagerly planning my visit! A must buy for anyone interested in visiting and walking in this area. Absolutely brilliant!
This is a truly delightful book, and I'm now planning to walk the Path over the recommended 12 days in late September. As someone who's new to walking books, I find this one to be extremely detailed. Close-up maps are provided for each section of the Path, alongside almost step-by-step instructions for keeping to it, as well as comments on how strenuous or easy certain sections are. Amenities along the way including campsites are noted. Cultural places of note along the way are described and recommended, although some require detours from the Path. The author of the book is clearly in love with the Path from the way he writes about it. There are plenty of photos of included, although they're not very impressive on my monochrome Kobo screen. I plan to purchase a print copy of this book for my trek in September. NOTE: My review is for the 2021 version. (With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ebook in exchange for an honest review)
I really enjoyed this walking trails book. I was not familiar with Offa's Dyke Path but hiking a walking trail is definitely on my bucket list. Britain has several National Trails that are maintained and marked crossing public and private lands. I've seen the beginning of one that starts in Bath and ends in the Cotswolds. This book is just the kind of helpful, step by step direction you would need for undertaking such an adventure. For my American brain I had to look up a couple of words, like when it suggested I head into the dingle (a deep wooded valley). The book has several maps and gives distances in miles and kilometers. It has photos of the trails and historical sites on or near the trail. There are also suggestions for towns for sleeping, camping, eating etc. If I were planning to hike any of Britains Trail system this is the kind of book I would want for my guide. Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group-White Lion for an temporary ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.
I want to go to there!!!! I’ve actually been to Chepstow Castle which is absolutely gorgeous and worth a stop. The book itself is exactly the book I would want to have as my guide to the path. The full color maps are detailed and well marked. The photos are inviting and make me want to see all the views. The book provides a history of the path and the area before getting into the path itself. They divide the path into 12 sections which can either be done in a day or broken up to allow for more side explorations. At the start of each section the guide provides information about the distance, ascent, and descent and an overview. From there it provides a list of the places not to be missed along the way with detailed descriptions. The description of the trail itself is detailed so that no one will get lost. It even provides information about side excursions from the path that are not to be missed. The book made the path seem very doable and the people I would see wondering the fields on my trips to Britain seem less insane for going on rambles through the fields. The publisher has a few other guides for other paths that I really want to take a look because I can see myself doing the Cotswold Way and the South Downs Way. They even have one for the Camino de Santiago which is on my bucket list. Thank you to NetGalley, Quarto Publishing Group, and Francis Lincoln for the ebook in exchange for an honest review.
This is an interesting and informative book that made me wish I could follow the path. Great pictures and and explanations. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Offa's Dyke Path is the ultimate guidebook for anyone interested in visiting the area and walking some of the path. It is full of wonderful photographs, maps, services, advice and suggestions of places to visit along the route. It is the perfect take along guide as it has absolutely everything you need for your trip. Excellent.