Offa’s Dyke south of Bronygarth

Re-posted and adapted from Howard’s Archaeodeath blog.

The fabulously preserved section of Offa’s Dyke south of Bronygarth can be found where the linear earthwork navigates the slopes on the south side of the Glyn Ceiriog.

IMG_2049IMG_2050IMG_2056I’ve recently posted in detail about this section here and I’ve also posted about it before here. I also mused on the presence of a boot hanging from the post of a stile.

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The main reason for posting on this again here is to consider:

  1. a first-time visit with students: to show a picture of my students actually getting to see this (usually it’s a long walk to get to this location from the nearest easy parking, but we had our bus driver stop in the lane for a short while so we could complete this visit);
  2. the dyke’s scale and design: at this point it was possible to discuss with students the scale of the ditch in particular, where so often it isn’t preserved to this depth;
  3. the visual envelope of the dyke was considered too: to point out again how the dyke looks uphill and has a limited prospect in this location but amazing long-distant views back over (‘Mercian’) territory it was defending and even out over Cheshire towards Lancashire (‘Northumbria’);
  4. the dyke’s positioning: indicate how the monument descends and thus cuts across a major river-valley
  5. the dyke’s conservation at this point is good survival since it is incorporated into a field boundary, but we also noted the badger-damage to the earthwork;
  6. surrounding land-use: we observed how ploughed farmland encroaches right up to the back of the monument;
  7. the use of the linear earthwork for leisure activities was identified, as seen on other locations where the Offa’s Dyke Path navigates the back-side of the monument;
  8. present-day interactions from visitors were identified: graffiti on beech trees;
  9. aesthetics: we took note of the wonderful autumnal colours as the sun set on our successful field trip!

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2 thoughts on “Offa’s Dyke south of Bronygarth”

  1. Hi Howard,
    I know that section of Offa’s Dyke very well indeed, having run along it many times. However, if you would like to see a really impressive section of the dyke AND the ditch, why not bring a party of students to Trefonen ? I’d be happy to show you around . . . and I could give you all tea and cake afterwards – though there’s also an excellent pub very nearby.

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