Rich in history and featuring some truly beautiful scenery, it is hard to trim down the highlights which the Offa's Dyke Path can offer but every day is full of interest and offers a unique experience for the walker.
The start at Sedbury near Chepstow offers a fantastic view down the Severn Estuary as it opens out into the Bristol Channel, spanned by the older of the two Severn Bridges, and within half an hour you will have enjoyed your first view of the River Wye and of the medieval fortress of Chepstow Castle.
Other first day landmarks include the first section of Offa's Dyke itself and also a fabulous view of the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey from the Devil's Pulpit across the river.
Moving through the days, you will visit The Kymin near Monmouth, which is in the care of the National Trust and features an ornate 'Naval Temple' dedicated to the great battles of the golden age of sail. In Monmouth itself, birthplace of King Henry V, there is a fantastically preserved fortified stone medieval bridge as you head out into the countryside towards the Black Mountains.
You will pass within yards of White Castle, the solid, foreboding shell of a medieval castle, one of several which once guarded these restless border lands tested by centuries of warfare.
Climbing to the ridge of the Black Mountains offers you a fantastic view across Herefordshire and this section ends at Hay Bluff, which is a wonderful spot to sit and drink in the scenery before descending to the famous 'book town' of Hay-on-Wye with its myriad of second-hand bookshops and castle ruins.
The section beyond Hay moves you into the county of Herefordshire, the long bursts of beautiful countryside punctuated by the historic towns of Kington and Knighton, home of the Offa's Dyke Centre, where you can rest up and reflect on everything you have experienced before tackling the second half of the path.