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Location address: United Kingdom, Powys
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Offa’s Dyke (Welsh: Clawdd Offa) is a massive linear earthwork, roughly followed by some of the current border between England and Wales. In places, it is up to 65 feet (19.8 m) wide (including its flanking ditch) and 8 feet (2.4 m) high. In the 8th century it formed some kind of delineation between the Anglian kingdom of Mercia and the Welsh Kingdom of Powys. Research in recent decades has dispelled many of the earlier theories and ideas about the earthwork.
Offa’s Dyke Path (Welsh: Llwybr Clawdd Offa) is a long-distance footpath along the Wales–England border. Opened in 1971, it is one of Britain’s National Trails and draws walkers from throughout the world. Much of the 283-kilometre (176 mi) route either follows, or keeps close company with, the remnants of Offa’s Dyke, an 8th-century earthwork, the majority of which was probably constructed on the orders of Mercian King Offa.