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Detailed Itinerary for
Walking Holiday in England and Wales on
The Offa's Dyke Path
Prestatyn to Chepstow

Walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Hike Offa's Dyke Path, is one of Wales's long distance walking trails, from Wales' North coast at Prestatyn to the mouth of the River Wye and the Severn estuary at Chepstow, via Llangollen , River Dee, Knighton, Hay-on-Wye, Llanthony Abbey, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow.
The Offa's Dyke Path is a 177 mile way-marked long-distance walking trail. This hiking tour can be walked in either direction.
This Welsh self guided walking holiday hikes through some of the highlights of Wales and is a great introduction to walking holidays in Wales and the UK. The Offa's Dyke Path passes through some of Wales's most spectacular landscapes full of wildlife and heritage.
The Offa's Dyke walking trail is clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your walking holiday in Wales.
Suggested Tour Duration:
15 nights,
14 days walking
Total Distance:
177 miles
Min/max daily distance:
7.5/18 miles
Average Daily distance:
12.5 miles
Grading:
strenuous
Features:

Hay-on Wye
Hay Bluff
Tintern Abbey
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Connects with:
Glyndwr's Way
Wye Valley Walk
Online Booking Available
The walking trail officially opened in 1971 but this long-distance hiking path follows an earthwork of much greater antiquity. Built by King Offa of Mercia in the 8th century, Offa's Dyke formed the ancient frontier between England and Wales. There are no border skirmishes these days, but you'll find miles of quiet, uninterrupted Welsh countryside, stunning mountain ranges and a plethora of wildlife.
Walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
You'll encounter the Severn and Wye Rivers as the walking path winds southwards from Denbighshire to Monmouthshire. Cultural heritage sites are in abundance, from the Palaeolithic Pontnewydd Cave, home to Wales' earliest known settlers, to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct from the Industrial Age. This is a strenuous walking holiday, so we have carefully selected comfortable accommodation to ensure you are well rested each night!
Day 1: Arrive at Prestatyn
To start your walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path walking trail you make your own way to Prestatyn. We can assist with coach or train transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided walking holiday in Wales.
Prestatyn Beach on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Bryn Prestatyn on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Day 2: Prestatyn to Bodfari.    12 miles
Leaving Liverpool Bay and the coast, the walking route heads inland through Denbighshire. This first day of walking includes a bracing hike onto "Bryn Prestatyn", from where you are treated to panoramic views across to Snowdonia, the North coast of Wales and the Clwydian Hills ahead.
Day 3: Bodfari to Clwyd Gate.    8 miles
A more challenging hiking day today as you cross the Welsh Clwydian Hills. There is ample recompense in the form of wonderful views and a number of Iron Age hill-forts to explore. The bilberry and heather-clad slopes harbour plenty of birdlife and provide a springy surface for the walker, which makes the walking easier.
Clwydian Hills on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Llangollen on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Day 4: Clwyd Gate to Llangollen.    16 miles   
Walking down from the hills of North Wales and through the conifer forests to Llangollen. Don't miss Plas Newydd, a beautiful black-and-white timbered building at the heart of this charming town, once home to the "Ladies of Llangollen". Llangollen has much to offer the visitor; its famous canal, steam railway and beautiful river. A great place to take a rest day to sample Welsh life.
Day 5: Llangollen to Chirk.    7.5 miles   
Walking on from Llangollen, craggy limestone cliffs replace the gentle hills on today's hike, as the walking path heads south past Dinas Bran Castle and on to a highlight of Offa's Dyke - the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. A thousand feet in length and 126 feet above the River Dee, this is one section of this walking holiday in Wales you will not forget!
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Chirk Castle on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Day 6: Chirk to Llanymynech.    14 miles   
Walking on from Chirk, Chirk Castle makes a worthwhile detour today. A 700-year old fortress surrounded by a medieval hunting park, you can enjoy views over Wales and England from the roof.
Day 7: Llanymynech to Welshpool.    9 miles   
The hiking trail now crossed a flat plain and follows the Tir-y-Mynach Embankment for several miles, making for easy walking and good views as you walk southwards to the Welsh town of Welshpool. At Welshpool Offa's Dyke path connect with Glyndwr's Way.
Buttington on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Beacon Ring Hill Fort on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Day 8: Welshpool to Mellington.    17 miles   
Leaving the River Severn, there is a stiff hike to the Beacon Ring Hill Fort before the gradient eases as you walk cross the Plain of Montgomery.
Day 9: Mellington to Knighton.    14 miles   
Walking across the ancient drovers' road, the Kerry Ridgeway , which has survived almost intact for centuries in this unspoilt corner of the Welsh Marches. The Offa's Dyke Path walking trail hikes through pretty villages, before an exhilarating hike onto Llanfair Hill. The Offa's Dyke itself is well-preserved on this airy section of the walking path, which leads down to Knighton, the "Town on the Dyke". At Knighton Offa's Dyke Path connects again with Glyndwr's Way.
Knighton on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Hawthorn Hill on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Day 10: Knighton to Kington.    13 miles   
Spectacular views and lovely walking across springy turf as you hike through the Welsh county of Powys. A stiff hike up Hawthorn Hill gives you a good excuse to pause to watch the once-endangered Red Kite, a striking bird of prey which has become an emblem of Mid Wales. There's a thriving craft tradition in Mid Wales too, with many artists deriving their inspiration from the landscape of Wales.
Hay-on-Wye on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Day 11: Kington to Hay-on-Wye.    15 miles   
More great hiking country as the walking route heads down to the Wye Valley through an area of conifer woods known as Bettws Dingle. End the day by sampling the delights of Hay-on-Wye, the world-famous book town. If book-browsing is not your thing, there is wonderful local food and drink on offer in the town's pubs, tea shops and restaurants. At Hay Offa's Dyke Path connects with Wye Valley Walk.
Hay Bluff on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path

Day 12: Hay-on-Wye to Pandy.    18 miles 
A strenuous but very scenic walking day through the Black Mountains of Wales , beginning with a hike up to Hay Bluff beside the Gospel Pass - Wales' highest motorable road. Easy walking along the ridge follows, with wonderful views of the Wye Valley and the ruins of 11th century Llanthony Priory, deep in the quiet Vale of Ewyas.

Llanthony Abbey on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Day 13: Pandy to Monmouth.    16 miles   
Easier walking as you leave Powys and hike through the gentler landscapes of Monmouthshire, walking north of Abergavenny through an area of Wales rich in castles and quaint villages.
Tintern Abbey on walking holiday on Offa's Dyke Path
Day 14: Monmouth to Tintern.    8 miles   
Walking through the heart of the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with spectacular craggy limestone cliffs and dense woodland. A good chance to spot birdlife and otters at the water's edge as you hike through this peaceful part of Wales. You finish today's walk at Tintern.
Day 15: Tintern to Chepstow.    10 miles   
The walking route passes right by Tintern Abbey, where you can visit the monastic ruins before continuing on to Chepstow with its fine 11th century castle. Offa's Dyke Path ends at Sedbury Cliffs on the banks of the River Severn. At Chepstow Offa's Dyke Path connects with Wye Valley Walk.
Chepstow Castle on Offa's Dyke Path

Day 16: Depart after breakfast
or extend your stay and spend some time exploring. We can transfer you to your car or station.

What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on Offa's Dyke Path

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • Trailblazer's Guide to Offa's Dyke Path
  • maps to Offa's Dyke Path
You can walk this hiking tour over 14 days at about 12 miles per day. If you do not have a fortnight available, you can walk it in 2 separate weeks: Prestatyn to Knighton, and Knighton to Chepstow.
This walking holiday in the UK operates
March to September and in either direction.
The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.

Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Offa's Dyke Path walking holiday guide book

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
on the Offa's Dyke Path

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
Offa's Dyke Path 16 day itinerary:
Prestatyn to Chepstow (north to south)
14 days walking and 15 nights accommodation
£1,230pp
dbl/twin
£1,590pp
single occ
£1,815pp
solo traveller
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