offa’s dyke path…

Today we headed into Wales and took a walk during which we ended up walking along Offa’s Dyke Path.  This is a 177 mile national trail through the borderlands of England and Wales.  Of course, we didn’t quite manage the entire trail today…

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Offa’s Dyke was built in the 8th century by the command of King Offa of the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia.  It is a hand-dug bank and ditch which the path of the same name now frequently follows.  Apparently, it was probably intended to divide Mercia from rival kingdoms and some sections still form the England/Wales border today.

It was a lovely day for a walk but there is definitely the bite of autumn in the air now.  We stopped a couple of times to snack on blackberries and wished that we’d brought a couple of containers with us to collect a few more.

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Planned future walks will definitely touch on more of this interesting and undulating path.

Home now for some football on the t.v. (hurray, hurray….Tongue out) with a nice, warm Sunday dinner to follow after the day’s exertions.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

P.S.  By the way, remember how I said that because I’d had such a good week at work I was probably due a bad one?  Last week proved case in point.  But I’m hopeful that the cycle will turn again in my favour this week….