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What does the Fox say? Offa’s Dyke from Chirk to Craignant

November 28, 2015

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DSC01396 View along Offa’s Dyke near Craignant as it descends towards the Morlas Brook with Selattyn Hill behind, view from north

Offa’s Dyke is a late 8th-century linear earthwork (Britain’s longest), attributed to the Mercian ruler Offa (r. 757-796). To understand it, one has to have a copy of Sir Cyril Fox’s 1955 book, the last and only time the monument has been surveyed from one end to the other. This post reflects on my own observations and what Fox has to say.

Last weekend, in cold and wet weather (but not as wet as this weekend), I went to explore a part of Offa’s Dyke I hadn’t visited before. It was a rare opportunity to get out into hitherto unexplored territory without kids in tow, so I decided to get out relatively early and explore some rather steep and muddy hillsides, in places still covered in a very thin layer of snow.

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