Offa's Dyke

General view of Offas Dyke
A stretch of the dyke among trees

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 6XD

Before You Go

A three mile section of the great earthwork boundary dyke built along the Anglo-Welsh border by Offa, King of Mercia, probably during the 780s. This especially impressive wooded stretch includes the Devil's Pulpit, with fine views of Tintern Abbey.

Read more about the history of Offa's Dyke.

Before You Go

Parking: Free parking is available at the Forestry Commission car park at Tidenham Chase, off the B4228.

How to Find It: Offa's Dyke is a one mile walk from the car park across farmland which can be muddy in wet weather.

Access: The Offa's Dyke trail is a typical woodland walk with uneven surfaces, steep slopes and steps. We recommend sturdy footwear.

Facilities: You can find shops, toilets and places to eat and drink in nearby Chepstow.

Dogs: There may be livestock in the fields, so please keep dogs on leads.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Plan a Great Day Out

This section of Offa's Dyke is part of a National Trail that follows the English-Welsh border for 177 miles, from Chepstow in the south to Prestatyn in the north.

Nearby in the village of St Briavels is the 13th century castle built by Edward I. Once the administrative and judicial centre for the Forest of Dean, it's now a youth hostel popular with walkers.

13 miles from the Dyke is Goodrich Castle, one of the finest and best preserved examples of an English medieval castle. With a lovely tearoom and stunning views of the Wye Valley, it's well worth a visit.

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