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Hiking Tour in Wales and England (17 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 16 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 10 people
Destination(s): Wales   England  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   National Parks  
Season: September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 785 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1535 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Officially opened in 1971, the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail is a long-distance path which 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 countryside, stunning upland scenery and a plethora of wildlife. Market towns, archaeological and cultural heritage sites are dotted along the route and you'll encounter the Severn and Wye Rivers as the path winds southwards through beautiful and varied landscapes.

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: Arrive in Prestatyn and transfer to your accommodation to meet your tour leader and fellow walkers.

Day 2: 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: 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: Clwyd Gate to Llangollen (14 miles). Down from the hills and through the conifer forests to Llangollen.

Day 5: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour prices are based on occupancy of a double or twin room. A single room supplement applies for those who prefer not to share.

About This Supplier
Location: Wales
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2007

M16809 is a Partnership, founded and co-owned by Anna Heywood and Luke Skinner. We provide guided and self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Wales. We hold MA degrees from the University of Cambridge and have considerable experience of the travel industry. We have also completed an independent cycling expedition...

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