The Local Area

Knighton is a small rural market town, set in the rolling hills on the borders of Powys, Shropshire and Herefordshire. Bordering the the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is widely-held to be some of the most beautiful coutryside in Wales.

View of Knighton from Panpunton Hill

The town is uniquely sat astride Offa’s Dyke, the 8th C defensive earthwork extending from Prestatyn on the North Coast to the Severn Estuary near Chepstow. It was constructed to mark the westernmost extent of the kingdom of Mercia, and the current Wales-England border broadly follows the line of the Dyke. The Welsh name for the town is Tref-y-Clawdd, which means ‘Town on the Dyke’.

The Offa’s Dyke path passes through the town, and indeed Knighton hosts the Visitor Centre, a modern facility which is a great source of informationon walks, trails and sites in the area and beyond.

Offa's Dyke Centre