The Offa's Dyke Path is a fairly strenuous walk, and a good level of fitness is recommended. Two rest days are included in Llangollen and Hay on Wye to give your feet a break, and allow time for some sightseeing.
Day 1 - Friday 13th September
Arrive in Prestatyn and transfer to your accommodation to meet your tour leader and fellow walkers.
Day 2 - Saturday 14th September - Prestatyn to Bodfari, 11 miles
Leaving Liverpool Bay and the coast, the route heads inland as we make our way through Denbighshire on the first day.
Day 3 - Sunday 15th September - Bodfari to Clwyd Gate, 13 miles
A more challenging day today as we cross the Clwydian Hills. Ample recompense in the form of wonderful views including a number of Iron Age hill forts en-route.
Day 4 - Monday 16th September - Clwyd Gate to Llangollen (14 miles)
Down from the hills and through the conifer forests to Llangollen.
Day 5 - Tuesday 17th September
A rest day in Llangollen. Relax or perhaps visit Plas Newydd, a beautiful black-and-white timbered building at the heart of this charming town.
Day 6 - Wednesday 18th September - Llangollen to Craig Nant (10 ½ miles)
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 7 – Thursday 19th September - Craig Nant to Llanymynech (11 miles)
Today’s walk includes a short detour to Chirk Castle, a 700-year old fortress surrounded by a medieval hunting park, you can enjoy views over nine counties from the roof.
Day 8 – Friday 20th September - Llanymynech to Welshpool (12 ½ miles)
The path now crosses a flat plain and follows the Tir-y-Mynach Embankment for several miles, making for easy walking with good views as we travel southwards to Buttington, a couple of miles from the town of Welshpool with its pretty half-timbered houses and craft shops where we overnight.
Day 9 – Saturday 21st September - Buttington to Brompton Crossroads (12 ½ miles)
Leaving the River Severn, there's a stiff climb to the Beacon Ring Hill Fort before the gradient eases as we cross the Plain of Montgomery.
Day 10 - Sunday 22nd September - Brompton Crossroads to Knighton (14 ½ miles)
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 11 - Monday 23rd September - Knighton to Kington (13 ½ miles)
Spectacular views and lovely walking across springy turf as we continue through the county of Powys into the Radnorshire Hills. A stiff climb up Hawthorn Hill provides a good excuse to pause to spot a once endangered Red Kite, a striking bird of prey and now the emblem of Mid Wales.
Day 12 - Tuesday 24th September - Kington to Hay on Wye (14 ½ miles)
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.
Day 13 - Wednesday 25th September
We take a day off in pretty Hay on Wye, set astride the River Wye, the town famous for its second hand bookshops.
Day 14 - Thursday 26th September - Hay on Wye to Llanthony (12 ½ miles)
A strenuous but very scenic day through the Black Mountains, beginning with a climb up to Hay Bluff where we look down on Gospel Pass - Wales' highest motorable road.
Wonderful views of the Wye Valley and the ruins of 11th century Llanthony Priory, deep in the quiet Vale of Ewyas.
Day 15 - Friday 27th September - Llanthony to White Castle (13 miles)
Easier walking as we leave Powys and enter the gentler landscapes of Monmouthshire, skirting north of Abergavenny. It's an area rich in castles and quaint villages.
Day 16 - Saturday 28th September - White Castle to Redbrook (15 miles)
Walk through the heart of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty today, with spectacular craggy limestone cliffs and bluebell-filled woodland.
Day 17 – Sunday 29th September - Redbrook to Sedbury Cliffs (14 ½ miles)
The route passes close Tintern Abbey before continuing on to Chepstow. Our journey comes to an end at Sedbury Cliffs overlooking the Bristol Channel.
Tour prices are based on occupancy of a double or twin room. A single room supplement applies for those who prefer not to share.
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