Walking with Offa

Walking with Offa is a cross border co operation project between Welsh and English Local Action Groups, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a National Park and local authorities whose territories include the border area along the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail.  The project was approved in July 2011, to commence on September 1 2011 and complete in September 2014.

This major two and a half year project has identified sustainable tourism, including transport issues, as the top priority for development and it will concentrate not just on the National Trail itself but the wider area called Offa’s Country.  Its aim is to improve the economy and sustainability of the Welsh-English border area by developing and promoting the sustainable tourism experience, based on the high quality natural and cultural assets of Offa’s Country.

Wye Valley Wanderer click on the image to download the 2014 timetable
Backed by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, a new 34 Sunday and Bank Holiday bus, the Wye Valley Wanderer, service supplements the weekday 34 service and ties in with the existing daily 69 service from Monmouth to Chepstow.

Walking with Offa will improve access for visitors, help them gain more enjoyment and understanding from their visit and also help local businesses such as accommodation providers, shops, pubs and restaurants to thrive.

The programme will:

  • Develop and promote circular walks in Offa’s Country
  • Improve and promote Long Distance Paths which link to Offa’s Dyke, with infrastructure, local business development and web based information
  • Implement interpretation along the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail and at key entry/information points to the area
  • Provide training/familiarisation for local businesses and walk leaders, helping to achieve a sense of place, route familiarisation, and promotion of walking opportunities
  • Promote local food and drink outlets and other local businesses
  • Provide sustainable transport bus services and green transport options for events

 

The project team comprises Monmouthshire County Council, adventa (Monmouthshire’s rural development programme), Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Powys County Council, Glasu, Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB, Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, Shropshire Council, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, the VITAL Herefordshire LEADER programme, Visit Herefordshire, Cadwyn Clwyd and Denbighshire County Council and Northern Marchesas well as a number of co-opted local community groups associated with promoting walking.

For up to date project activities please see and like our facebook page: Irresistible Offa or follow us on twitter: Irresistible Offa@TheOffaOffer

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