10-12 Knighton

Here‘s an ‘Offa’ you can’t refuse, from Roger But­ler, in­volv­ing moor­land, rolling es­carp­ments and his­toric drove tracks...

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Knighton sits slap-bang on the Eng­land-Wales bor­der and, down by the banks of the bab­bling River Teme, it’s quite easy to stand with a boot in each coun­try. King Offa dug this steeply un­du­lat­ing land, and to­day Knighton is of­ten called ‘the town on the dyke’. One of the best parts of the orig­i­nal earth­work runs north-west over a roller coaster of dips and es­carp­ments, while the empty moors above Knuck­las form a fine breezy horse­shoe that peaks on top of Bea­con Hill. In con­trast, the open pas­ture on the huge whale­back known as Stow Hill seems to go on for­ever. Many old tracks are still here and, apart from a few forested bits, the panoramic views haven’t changed much ei­ther.


Knighton is con­ve­niently lo­cated on the Mid Wales Line, and short hops on the train pro­vide ac­cess to many of the nearby hills


The Red Lion, Knighton (01547) 428080; Cas­tle Inn, Knuck­las (01547) 528150; The Baron, Buck­nell (01547) 530549


Pan­pwn­ton camp­site, half a mile out of Knighton (01547) 528112; Lower Sky­borry B&B run by walk­ers (01547) 528834; for plenty of other op­tions see www.of­fas­dyke.de­mon.co.uk


Knighton has all the fa­cil­i­ties you need: small su­per­mar­kets, in­di­vid­ual shops, petrol, banks and post of­fice


Offa’s Dyke Cen­tre and Knighton Tourist Info (01547) 528753

Look­ing north over the Bea­con Hill horse­shoe The view west from Offa’s Dyke over the steep slopes of Cwm-sana­ham Hill to the high moor­land above Knuck­las.

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