Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday
in Wales
(North to South)
from Prestayn to Chepstow in 16 days
15 nights and 14 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

Tintern Abbey

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Offas Dyke Path walking holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Offas Dyke Path walking holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Offas Dyke Path walking holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Offas Dyke Path walking holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

This 177 mile Welsh walking holiday follows one of the oldest National Trails, perhaps one of the best long-distance footpaths in Britain.

Offas Dyke Path walking holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

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Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday
in Wales
  A Welsh Coast to Coast hiking holiday from Prestatyn to Chepstow
via Llangollen , River Dee, Welshpool,  Knighton, Hay-on-Wye, Llanthony Abbey, Tintern Abbey, The Wye Valley and Chepstow

Offa’s Dyke Path is one of Wales’ long-distance walking trails, between Wales’ North coast at Prestatyn and 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 Offas Dyke Path walking holiday is on a 177-mile way-marked long-distance walking trail. This hiking tour can be walked in either direction.

This Welsh self-guided Offas Dyke Path 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 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.

You’ll encounter the Severn and Wye Rivers as the walking path winds between Denbighshire and 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.

The Offas Dyke Path walking holiday connects with:

Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.

The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.

We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.

Special diets can be catered for, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.

Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest selection of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

The daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.
Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK or Ireland. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday
Prestatyn to Chepstow
Suggested Tour Duration
:
15 nights, 14 days walking
Total Distance:
178 miles/287 kms
Min/max daily distance:
7.5/18 miles
Average Daily distance:
12.5 miles
Grading:
Strenuous
Features:
North Coast of Wales
Welsh Clwydian Hills
Plas Newydd, Llangollen
Llangollen Steam Railway
Horse Drawn Barges, Llangollen Canal
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Chirk Castle
Welshpool and Llanfair Railway, Welshpool
Powis Castle, Welshpool
Hay-on Wye
Black Mountains of Wales
Hay Castle, Hay-on Wye
River Wye
Hay Bluff
Llanthony Priory
Tintern Abbey
Bristol Channel
This route connects with:
Wales Coast Path
Glyndwr’s Way
Wye Valley Walk
Severn Way
Shropshire Way

  Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday
in Wales, a Welsh Coast to Coast walking holiday
(North to South)
from Prestayn to Chepstow in 16 days
15 nights and 14 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

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. At Prestatyn, Offas Dyke Path connects with Wales Coast Path.

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Day 2: Prestatyn to Bodfari                  12 miles/19 kms
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                   10 miles/16 kms
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.

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Day 4: Clwyd Gate to Llangollen        14 miles/23 kms

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.

Optional Day(s) : exploring Llangollen
Spend extra some time exploring  Llangollen to relax, visit the house of the “Ladies of Llangollen”, take a trip on the steam train or a horse drawn canal boat trip.

Day 5: Llangollen to Chirk    7.5 miles/12 kms  
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!

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Day 6: Chirk to Llanymynech           14 miles/22.5 kms  
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/14.5kms

The hiking trail now crosses 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 connects with Glyndwr’s Way and Severn Way.

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Optional Day(s) :  Exploring Welshpool
There is so much to see in Welshpool that it is worth spending an extra day/s to visit Powis Castle, or take a trip on the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway.

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Day 8: Welshpool to Mellington                  17 miles/27kms

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/22.5kms  
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. During todays walk you share the path for a few miles with the Shopshire Way.  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.

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Day 10: Knighton to Kington              13 miles/21kms

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.

Day 11: Kington to Hay-on-Wye            15 miles/24kms

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.

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Optional Day(s) :  Exploring Hay-on-Wye
There is so much to see in Hay-on-Wye explore the many book shops or take a canoe trip on the River Wye.

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Day 12: Hay-on-Wye to Pandy                  18 miles/29kms
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.

Day 13: Pandy to Monmouth          16 miles/26kms

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.

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Day 14: Monmouth to Tintern         8 miles/13kms

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/16kms

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 just a few miles beyond Chepstow. At Chepstow Offa’s Dyke Path connects with Wye Valley Walk and with the Wales Coast Path.

Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday in Wales with Lets Go Walking

Day 16: Depart after breakfast
Depart after breakfast or extend your holiday walking and spend some time exploring  this interesting part of Wales
We can transfer you to your car or station.
We also offer this walking route in an South to North direction.

Offas Dyke Path Walking holiday
in Wales
Prestatyn to Chepstow
16 day itinerary
(North to South)
 
 14 days walking and 15 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1:  Arrive Prestatyn
Day 2:  Prestatyn to Bodfari                   12 miles
Day 3:  Bodfari to Clwyd Gate               10 miles
Day 4:  Clwyd Gate to Llangollen          14 miles
Optional Day in Llangollen
Day 5:  Llangollen to Chirk                       7 miles
Day 6:  Chirk to Llanymynech                14 miles
Day 7:  Llanymynech to Welshpool          9 miles
Optional Day in Welshpool
Day 8:  Welshpool to Mellington              17 miles
Day 9:  Mellington to Knighton                14 miles
Day 10:  Knighton to Kington                   13 miles
Day 11:  Kington to Hay-on-Wye              15 miles
Optional Day in Hay-on-Wye
Day 12:  Hay-on-Wye to Pandy                 18 miles
Day 13:  Pandy to Monmouth                    16 miles
Day 14:  Monmouth to Tintern                  8 miles
Day 15:  Tintern to Chepstow                  10 miles
Day 16:  Depart from Chepstow

£1,275pp
dbl/twin

£1,785pp
single occ

£1,935pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
Offas Dyke Path
Walking Holiday
(North to South)
Prestatyn to Chepstow
Can be added when booking online

Subject to availability              Supplement per person per night

Llangollen
Wild Pheasant Hotel

double/twin
£28.50

Single
 £44.00

Welshpool
Royal Oak Hotel

double/twin
£20.00

Single
 £35.00

Mellington
Mellington Hall Hotel

double/twin
£52.50

Single
 £68.50

Kington
Burton Hotel

double/twin
£35.00

Single
 £43.00

Hay on Wye
The Swan at Hay

double/twin
£67.50

Single
 £60.00

Monmouth
Punch House Inn

double/twin
£25.00

Single
 £20.00

Tintern
Old Rectory

double/twin
£25.00

Single
 £55.00

Wye Valley Hotel

£20.00

£27.50

Chepstow
Woodfield Arms

double/twin
£20.00

Single
 £10.00

What’s included
in your Offas Dyke Path
Walking Holiday
in Wales

  • 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
  • Guide Book
  • OS 1:25,000 map

Optional Extras
for your Offas Dyke Path
Walking Holiday in Wales

  • 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

What’s not included
in your Offas Dyke Path
Walking Holiday in Wales

  • lunches and dinners
  • travel insurance

Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.

Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.

This is in addition to our existing
booking conditions.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Offas Dyke Path Walking Holiday:
How to get there

  • By Plane  to Bristol, Cardiff or Manchester, where we can arrange transfer to Prestatyn, Chepstow or starting point of your welsh walking holiday
  • By Car to Prestatyn, Chepstow or starting point of your welsh walking holiday where parking is available
  • By Train or Bus to Prestatyn, Chepstow or starting point of your welsh walking holiday

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