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Walking Offa's Dyke
Offa’s Dyke long distance footpath

Oswestry and the Borderlands are a great place to come for an active holiday. The area is a magnet for walkers and cyclists whether you are interested in the challenge of walking Offa’s Dyke which wanders along the Welsh/Shropshire border or a more gentle stroll along the canals and around the lakes and meres of North Shropshire you will not be disappointed when you visit Oswestry- where Shropshire meets Wales.

A game of golf? Oswestry and The Borderlands have a great selection of golf courses – whether you like gentle parkland golf courses or a more challenging terrain, you will be spoilt for choice. At Llanymynech you can even tee off in one country and putt out in another!

Not only Offa’s Dyke but also Wat’s Dyke, The Shropshire Way and Oswald’s Way all put in an appearance around Oswestry and whether you prefer to amble or stroll, hike or climb, the terrain will not disappoint you. The walk up to Rodney’s Pillar is especially popular with local walkers.

For those who want more of a challenge, the Oswestry Round is a 33 mile circular walk around Oswestry.  This walk can be done in small stages too as described in the booklet, available to purchase, details of which can be found on this link

Nearby is the Nesscliffe Hill Country Park where you can climb to Oliver’s point which will give you a great view of Rodney’s pillar not far away. Nobody knows who Oliver was, but Admiral Lord Rodney was a commander in Lord Nelson’s navy and much of the oak that went into building navy ships came from his lands around here.  The Breiddon Hills are well worth a visit and you can walk up to Rodney’s Pillar, mostly on a track with a gentle gradient until you get to the last 250metres which is steeper. For more details of these and other short walks please visit

Cyclists bring your bike or maybe hire one, you too will be spoilt for choice – gentle routes along picturesque canal towpaths transform to challenging mountain bike routes as you head down the valleys into Wales. How about a muddy day on a trial bike? Everyone can enjoy a day learning off road techniques in the Welsh countryside.

Horse riding is another activity to be enjoyed in the wonderful countryside near Oswestry. Why not book a few days away for an activity holiday in Oswestry and the Welsh Borderlands?

For suggestions for itineraries for walks in and around Oswestry, including dog friendly walks without stiles – click here.

  • Oswestry Walking Tours

    Learn about plagues, fires, battles, riots and how the coming of the railway changed the economy of Oswestry. Organised groups (daytime/evening) can be booked by phoning 01691 662753 and asking for a booking form.

  • Oswestry Balloon Carnival

    After a huge success in 2018, Oswestry Balloon Carnival returns to Cae Glas Park for a second year. 24th-25th August will see hot air balloon flights throughout the weekend, with market stalls throughout the town streets, and entertainment throughout the day.

  • A Mere Cycle

    ‘A Mere’ Cycle Hire & Sales is a local family run business set up and run by Rod Evans and his wife Jo.  Rod is incrediably passionate about cycling and for the past 16 years has done charity cycle rides for many different charities like The Royal British Legion, Kenya Read more [...]

  • Oswestry Park Run

    Henley Wood Park Run, Oswestry – What is Henley Wood parkrun, Oswestry? It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock. When is it? Every Saturday at 9:00am. Where is it? The event takes place at Henley Wood, off Cabin Lane, Oswestry, SY11 2LQ

  • Oswestry Hillfort (Old Oswestry)

    Old Oswestry Hill Fort – this spectacular, dramatic & mysterious 3,000-year-old hill fort marks the beginning of one of Britain’s oldest settlements, Oswestry. Old Oswestry was built and occupied during the Iron Age (800 BC to AD 43) and is one of the best-preserved hill forts in Britain. It is Read more [...]

  • Chirk Castle

    A magnificent marcher fortress built by Roger Mortimer over 700 years ago – during the reign of King Edward I. It was bought by Sir Thomas Myddelton in 1595, and was then owned by the Myddelton family for over 400 years. Extensive work has been done over generations of Myddelton Read more [...]

  • Breidden Hill & Rodney’s Pillar

    The Breidden Hills are an isolated group of three peaks above the right bank of the River Severn about 6 miles north east of Welshpool. The Breidden Hill is a volcanic feature, which dominates the area and stands over 1200ft high. Footpaths lead up to the summit with wonderful views Read more [...]

  • Artisans Lake Vyrnwy

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the mood for a walk, a bike ride, bird watching, or simply a day of leisure – Lake Vyrnwy has something for everyone. Once here, Artisans Coffee Shop is well worth a visit. Whether you’re looking for a morning coffee and cake, a light Read more [...]

  • Oswestry Racecourse Common

    On the B4580 Road to Llansilin from Oswestry, the Racecourse Common was a popular venue for horse racing until 1848.  The figure of eight circuit is about mile and half long and offers spectacular views over Shropshire & Wales. Offa’s Dyke path runs along side part of the South Common. Read more [...]