Market towns and cultural heritage sites are dotted along the route and you'll encounter the Severn and Wye Rivers as the path winds southwards from Denbighshire to Monmouthshire. The Offa's Dyke Path is a strenuous walk, and our 12-day itinerary is designed for experienced walkers with a good level of fitness. Please note: Although our route description runs North to South, we’re also very happy to arrange a holiday starting in Chepstow for those who prefer to walk northwards.
Day 1: Arrival in Prestatyn.
Day 2: Prestatyn to Bodfari - 11 miles (18 km)
Leaving Liverpool Bay and the coast, the route heads inland through Denbighshire on the first day.
Day 3: Bodfari to Llandegla - 17 miles (27 km)
A challenging day today as you cross the Clwydian Hills but there’s ample recompense in the form of wonderful views and a number of Iron Age hill-forts to explore.
Day 4: Llandegla to Froncysyllte - 11 miles (18 km)
Down from the hills and through the conifer forests to the Vale of Llangollen. The town of the same name is a few miles away this evening – close enough to go for a meal or to visit Plas Newydd, a beautiful black-and-white timbered building at the heart of Llangollen. Craggy limestone cliffs replace the gentle hills today, as the 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 the walk you will not forget!
Day 5: Froncysyllte to Llanymynech - 17 miles (27 km)
Chirk Castle makes a worthwhile detour today. A 700-year old fortress surrounded by a medieval hunting park, you can enjoy views over nine counties from the roof.
Day 6: Llanymynech to Buttington - 10 ½ miles (17 km)
The path now crossed a flat plain and follows the Tir-y-Mynach Embankment for several miles, making for easy walking and good views as you travel southwards to Buttington, a couple of miles from the town of Welshpool with its pretty half-timbered houses and craft shops.
Day 7: Buttington to Brompton Crossroads - 12 ½ miles (20 km)
Leaving the River Severn, there's stiff climb to the Beacon Ring Hill Fort before the gradient eases as you cross the Plain of Montgomery.
Day 8: Brompton Crossroads to Knighton - 14 ½ miles (23 km)
Cross the ancient drovers' road, the Kerry Ridgeway today, which has survived almost intact for centuries in this unspoilt corner of the Marches. Pretty villages lie en route, before an exhilarating stretch onto Llanfair Hill. The dyke itself is well-preserved on this airy section of the path, which leads down to Knighton, the “Town on the Dyke”.
Day 9: Knighton to Kington - 13 ½ miles (22 km)
Spectacular views and lovely walking across springy turf as you continue through the county of Powys into the Radnorshire Hills. A stiff climb up Hawthorn Hill gives you a good excuse to pause to watch the once-endangered Red Kite, a striking bird of prey and now the emblem of Mid Wales.
Day 10: Kington to Hay on Wye - 14 ½ miles (23 km)
More great scenery as the route heads down to the Wye Valley through an area of atmospheric 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 good local food and drink on offer in the town's pubs and tea shops. Hay is well supplied with shops and facilities, so makes an excellent choice if you would like to include a rest day.
Day 11: Hay on Wye to Pandy - 17 ½ miles (28 km)
A strenuous but very scenic day through the Black Mountains, beginning with a climb up to Hay Bluff and the Gospel Pass – Wales' highest motorable road. The it's fine walking along the lofty Hatterall Ridge with wonderful views of the Wye Valley and the ruins of 11th century Llanthony Priory, deep in the quiet Vale of Ewyas. Towards the end of the day the path descends from the Black Mountains to reach Pandy.
Day 12: Pandy to Monmouth - 16 ½ miles (26 km)
Easier walking as you leave Powys and enter the gentler landscapes of Monmouthshire, skirting north of Abergavenny through an area rich in castles and quaint villages.
Day 13: Monmouth to Chepstow - 18 miles (29 km)
Walk through the heart of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) today, with spectacular craggy limestone cliffs and dense woodland. A good chance to spot bird life and otters at the water's edge. The route passes close to Tintern Abbey, where you can visit the monastic ruins before continuing on to Chepstow with its fine, 11th century castle.
Duration: 12 days hiking
Distance: 177 miles (285 km)
The price is 785 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Contact operator for sole traveller/single occupancy rates.
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