Offa's Dyke Path

Introduction: On the way back to Chepstow (which is about a mile-and-a-half from the Sedbury Cliffs), there’s this street sign. Frankly, the thought that Offa’s close was a bit worrying, because Offa was pretty powerful. As David Hunter’s book about The Offa’s Dyke Path (Cicerone, 2nd ed., 2008) explains, “In the last quarter of the 8th century, Offa, the powerful king of Mercia and overlord of the greater part of England, constructed a great dyke to mark out the western boundary of his kingdom and control incursions from Wales.”