Offa’s Dyke Taster Walk

Sample the National Trail and walk the historic earthwork overlooking Chirk Castle.

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A Glyntraian walk posted on 14/08/22 by Walks from the Door. Last update : 19/08/22
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 8.90 km
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    Calculated time: 3h20 
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    Difficulty: Difficult

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    Return to departure point: Yes
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    Vertical gain: + 280 m
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    Vertical drop: - 274 m

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    Highest point: 370 m
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    Lowest point: 152 m
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    District: Glyntraian 
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    Start/End: N 52.924701° / W 3.154573°

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Start: The Mulberry Inn, Llwynmawr, Llangollen LL20 7BB tel 01691 718281

(S/E) From the front of The Mulberry Inn, turn right between the cottage and bar (signposted to Pontfadog and Chirk). Walk past a couple of houses on the right. After 200 m, turn right at a footpath sign at the entrance to a farm (Ty’n‐llŵyn) before a barn. Rather than entering the farmyard, turn right through a gate into the field. Turn left and skirt round the rear of the farm, bearing left along the hillside above the hedge to a waymark post. The path continues along the hedge to a second waymark post at the end of the field.

(1) Cross the field ahead, passing below the hedge on the right, then bear right round the shoulder of land before dropping left to a concealed stile. Cross the stile and another immediately ahead into a country lane. Go through the gate opposite, and cross a footbridge over a stream. Bear half-right up the slope beyond, aiming for a gate below the left-hand end of a barn.

(2) Turn left and follow the track in front of the farmhouse, around the end of the barn. Alongside the barn, turn sharp left onto a track that leads uphill into the trees. Ignore the access to a mobile home on the left and follow the track ahead that continues uphill.

(3) When the track meets a metalled road beyond a gate, turn right. After quarter of a mile of gradual ascent, there is a fork. Take the left-hand track, continuing to climb through the trees. Another forest track joins from the left and the gradient becomes less steep. Eventually the track leaves the woodland and views open up over the Nant Gwryd valley. Pass a barn entrance on the left and continue along the farm track as it curves southwards.

(4) Immediately before the track meets a road, turn left onto another stony track. After quarter of a mile, this track meets a public road. Turn left and follow the road. After a similar distance, the road passes a farm entrance and a road heading off left. Ignore these turnings to reach a house called Plas Newydd.

(5) Here, ignoring the track ahead, follow the road round to the right. Take the next left at a road junction. After about ¼ mile this lane crosses Offa’s Dyke (A), here a visible earthwork. Just beyond the dyke itself, turn right through a wooden kissing gate with an acorn waymark onto the Offa’s Dyke Path. Descend a sloping meadow to a gate into trees and then go down steps to a footbridge at the bottom of the valley. This is the “Dirty Dingle”, a notoriously difficult spot on the Offa's Dyke Path before the steps were built.
Climb out of the valley up the steps on the other side to a stile (looking behind you for views to Chirk Castle). Continue alongside the dyke earthwork, crossing a bridleway between two stiles at the end of the field. The path follows the top of the dyke in the next field, before reaching a road at a stile.

(6) Continue over the stile opposite and follow the dyke (now less prominent) along the field edge to another stile. Descend the next field to another lane by a cottage. Turn right here, and follow the roughly surfaced road.

(7) When you meet the B4579, cross another road joining from the right and follow the main road uphill. Ignore a turning on the left (signposted to Springhill Farm), continuing along the B-road. At the next junction, turn right (signposted to Bronygarth).

(8) After a short distance, turn left onto a signposted bridleway. This green lane descends gently at first, but after half a mile narrows suddenly and becomes rougher underfoot as it runs along the bottom of a wood. Eventually you emerge onto a lane; turn left and follow it downhill, skirting around a house. Continue down the road to a cluster of houses.

(9) Here you turn left by Nantgwryd Uchaf and follow the lane up a short steep hill. After you reach the top and start to descend, another lane joins from the left; carry on straight ahead for half a mile back to The Mulberry Inn. (S/E)


  1. S/E : km 0 - alt. 158 m - The Mulberry Inn
  2. 1 : km 0.44 - alt. 158 m - Second Waymark
  3. 2 : km 0.81 - alt. 180 m - Barn
  4. 3 : km 1.06 - alt. 227 m - Metalled Road
  5. 4 : km 2.77 - alt. 359 m - Stony Track
  6. 5 : km 3.66 - alt. 345 m - Plas Newydd House
  7. 6 : km 4.86 - alt. 367 m - Offa’s Dyke Path
  8. 7 : km 5.84 - alt. 351 m - B4579
  9. 8 : km 6.24 - alt. 357 m - Bridleway
  10. 9 : km 7.82 - alt. 205 m - Nantgwryd Uchaf
  11. S/E : km 8.9 - alt. 158 m - The Mulberry Inn

Useful Information

Start: The Mulberry Inn, Llwynmawr, Llangollen LL20 7BB tel 01691 718281

Notes: One long but gradual ascent and descent, plus a steep valley with steps. Several stiles. Part of the return route is along a narrow, rocky bridleway that may be overgrown in summer.

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During the walk or to do/see around

(A) Offa’s Dyke, a linear earthwork along the former border of England and Wales, is traditionally associated with the Mercian king who ruled from 757 to 796. Its namesake National Trail runs for 177 miles from Chepstow to Prestatyn.

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