Offa’s Dyke Path at 50: an ancient earthwork still shrouded in mystery

offas dyke path at 50 an ancient earthwork still shrouded in mystery

Sumary of Offa’s Dyke Path at 50: an ancient earthwork still shrouded in mystery:

  • We come up a steep hillside, stepping past twisted trees laden with lichen and scarlet berries, all dripping with rain.
  • We reach the trig point on Cwm-sanaham Hill, at 409 metres, with a great panoramic view west towards the railway viaduct at Knucklas.
  • The first written record of the dyke is in a biography of King Alfred from a century later, in which the author, a Welsh monk called Asser, describes Offa as “a vigorous king who terrified all the neighboring kings”.
  • Larch trees planted on the dyke get blown over, creating root holes.

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