Explore Offa’s Dyke at the Tentipi Gathering

underhillheadThe 2016 Tentipi Gathering is being held this year at Underhill Farm on the Shropshire-Welsh border in the village of Pant (24th-26th June). Located near Oswestry, a section of Offa’s Dyke is only a stone’s throw away, and makes an interesting walk to investigate.

Offa’s Dyke is a large earthwork construction that roughly follows today’s border between England and Wales (ancient Anglian Mercia and the Welsh kingdom of Powys). Throughout its entire length, the Dyke provides an uninterrupted view from Mercia into Wales.

The 8th-century King Offa of Mercia ranks as one of the great Anglo-Saxon rulers – as evidenced by his ability to raise the workforce and resources required to construct the Dyke. Built between 757 and 796 the Dyke has a ditch on the Welsh side, with the displaced soil piled into a bank on the Mercian side. It is believed the Mercians constructed it as a defensive earthwork, or to demonstrate the power and intent of their kingdom.

Up to 65 feet wide (including its flanking ditch) and eight feet high, the Dyke traversed low ground, hills and rivers. Today, all sections of Offa’s Dyke that survive as visible earthworks, or as infilled but undeveloped ditch, are protected as a Scheduled Monument. Some of its route is followed by the Offa’s Dyke Path; a 176-mile long-distance footpath that runs between Liverpool Bay in the north and the Severn Estuary in the south. Most of the line of Offa’s Dyke is designated as a public right of way and is the only national trail to follow a man-made feature.

Underhill Farm is nestled in the foothills of the Llanymynech limestone cliffs nature reserve, and scenic viewpoints, limestone caves and the Offa’s Dyke Path are just outside the gate. The Tentipi Gathering will be held there over the weekend 24th to 26th June and starts the moment you join us on Friday evening around the campfire for coffee and cake. The rest of the weekend will be full of various activities – you can throw a pot from local clay, join us for a walk and a storytelling adventure, whittle something from wood, do a little axe throwing or toddle off and do your own thing. There is also canal and train rides available locally as well as canoe hire and climbing on the limestone cliffs if you have your own gear.

Tipi hire is £85 for the weekend and includes two adults and two children. If you have your own Tipi the weekend will cost you just £25 per person (under-18s half price and under-5s are free). The camping fee includes your pitch, use of toilets, shower and mains water, lots of conversation and fun activities.

Although the Tentipi Gathering is a family camp there will be open fires and bush-craft activities involving knives and axes. There are also two ponds on the main camping field so please remember that you will be responsible for your children at all times.

Well behaved dogs are welcome but MUST be on a lead at ALL times. They are only allowed in your own tent and not in the kitchen, (did we mention there is an indoor kitchen you can use?), or other farm buildings.

For a fantastic weekend camping experience book a place at the 2016 Tentipi Gathering online or just call us on 01978 860605.

 
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