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Walking Offa's Dyke Path (North to South)

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    17 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
  • From $3749per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2021  
  • Departures
    Thursday's from 28 Oct '21 to 18 Nov '21
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 17 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , , and hotels
  • Breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, lake & river routes

United Kingdom: Wales

Walking Offa's Dyke Path (North to South)

  • Walk the full length of Offa's Dyke National Trail
  • Discover Norman castles, medieval abbeys and Iron Age hillforts
  • Pass through eight counties and cross the border between England and Wales over 20 times
  • Three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Clwydian Range, the Shropshire Hills and the Wye Valley
  • Based on our popular 9 night, Walking Offa's Dyke Path (North)

The Offa's Dyke National Trail runs for 177 miles from the North Wales coast at Prestatyn to Chepstow on the Severn Estuary, following the hand-dug bank and ditch built in the 8th century by command of King Offa, the ancient Anglo-Saxon King of Mercia to protect his kingdom. The full trail passes through eight counties and criss-crosses the Welsh-English border no fewer than 20 times.

Walking southwards enjoy the changing landscape from the dramatic heather clad uplands of the Clwydian Range and Black Mountains, to the peaceful rolling hills of Shropshire and Powys and the riverside meadows of the Wye and Severn valleys as you walk through three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Along the way you'll pass through areas of Site of Special Scientific Interest and discover a rich history from Iron Age forts, to Norman castles and to more recent areas of industrial heritage.
Accommodation is in a range of friendly guesthouses, pubs and hotels with many places including Llangollen, Hay-on-Wye, Montgomery and Chepstow offering a wide range of places to relax in the evening.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1: Arrive in Rhuallt

Arrive in the small village of Rhuallt, near the start of the trailhead at Prestatyn.
Evening meal included
Stay overnight at The White House, Rhuallt

Day 2: Prestatyn to Bodfari (Rhuallt) 20km/12.5mi

After a short transfer to Prestatyn start your journey along the trail. From the beach head into the first of three AONB's you'll discover; the Clwydian Range. The stone stiles you'll go over today are unique to this section of the trail. There are spectacular views across to Snowdonia as you head toward Bodfari where you will be collected for a transfer to Rhuallt.
Breakfast and evening meal included
Stay overnight at The White House, Rhuallt

Day 3: Rhuallt (Bodfari) to Llanarmon-yn-lal 24km/15mi

The day starts with a transfer back to the route at Bodfari. You'll walk the Clwydian peaks and discover a series of Iron and Bronze Age hillforts at Foel Fenlli, Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau. The tallest summit in the range is Moel Famau at 554m and is crowned with the remains of the Jubilee Tower. Leave the trail to arrive in Llanarmon-yn-Ial.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at The Raven, Llanarmon-yn-lal

Day 4: Llanarmon-yn-lal to Llangollen 23km/14.5mi

Today your walk takes you through Llandegla Forest and over heather-clad moorland. You'll then pass through World's End to reach the dramatic limestone crags of the Eglwysegs above Llangollen.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at Riverbanc, Llangollen

Day 5: Llangollen to Llwynmawr 20km/12.5mi

From Llangollen walk up to the remains of the medieval Castell Dinas Bran before reaching the Pontcysllte Aqueduct. Built in 1805 and now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site it is the world's highest navigable aqueduct. Continue on through rolling farmland to Llwynmawr, perhaps taking a small detour to visit Chirk Castle.
Breakfast and evening meal included
Stay overnight at Mulberry Inn, Llwynmawr

Day 6: LLwynmawr to Llanymynech 24km/15mi

Walk across open farmland to reach Oswestry Old Racecourse, used for horse races in the 18th Century. Ascend Moelydd to enjoy stunning views, with a toposcope provided to show the hills in the area. Discover some of the industrial heritage of the area at Nantmawr and the limestone quarry of Llanymynech.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at Cross Keys Hotel, Llanymynech

Day 7: Llanymynech to Buttington 16km/10mi

A more gentle day today as you enter the Welsh Marches and walk along stretches of the Montgomeryshire Canal and the River Severn.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at Moors Farm B&B Buttington

Day 8: Buttington to Pentreheyling 23km/14.5mi

Today is another relatively flat stage, allowing time for a detour to Montgomery town to get refreshments and visit the ruined castle above the town. The Trail and the Dyke itself closely follow the true national boundary here.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at Oakley B&B, Pentreheyling

Day 9: Pentreheyling to Knighton 25km/16mi

Often thought of as one of the toughest sections of the Trail you reach the Shropshire Hills AONB and can view some of the best preserved sections of Offa's Dyke on Llanfair Hill.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at The Horse & Jockey Inn, Knighton

Day 10: At Knighton

Enjoy a day off walking and spend time in Knighton, home to the Offa's Dyke Centre.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at The Horse & Jockey Inn, Knighton

Day 11: Knighton to Kington 22km/14mi

Today you'll get stunning views from Hawthorn Hill, including the site of Owain Glyndwr's Battle of Pilleth. The trail passes through Granner Wood, a Woodland Trust site which is being restored to broadleaf woodland. Then, on to Brandor Hill, home to Kington Golf Club, the highest golf club in England before reaching the market town of Kington.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at Castle Hill House, Kington

Day 12: Kington to Hay-on-Wye 24km/15mi

The day starts with a climb to where the Trail rises to 400m at Hergest Ridge. On a clear day you'll have 360 degree views to Pen y Fan to the south, the Malverns to the east and the hills of Shropshire to the north. Hergest Ridge has an old racecourse, and was also inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles. Heading back down to the valley you'll follow the River Wye towards Hay-on-Wye. This quaint town was founded by the Normans after the Conquest and is nowadays famous for its numerous book shops. There is a choice of pubs and restaurants in which to spend the evening.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at Old Black Lion, Hay-on-Wye

Day 13: Hay-on-Wye to Longtown 22km/14mi

Start your journey through the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park with views to the Vale of Ewyas before reaching Longtown with its 12th century Norman motte-and-bailey fortification.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at The Crown Inn, Longtown

Day 14: Longtown to Llangattock Lingoed 14km/9mi

Continue through the Brecon Beacons National Park and along Hatterrall Ridge - enjoy stunning views to Sugar Loaf. Much of the ridge is a designated SSSI area.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at The Old Rectory, Llangattock Lingoed

Day 15: Llangattock Lingoed to Monmouth 23km/14.5mi

The dyke is not visible along here but the area is rich with medieval history with White Castle worth a visit. The Rivers Wye, Monnow and Trothy converge at Monmouth and the trail passes below Monnow Bridge, the only remaining medieval fortified bridge in Great Britain.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at Creates B&B, Monmouth

Day 16: Monmouth to Tintern 18km/11.5mi

Over the next two days you'll walk through the third and final Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of this holiday, the Wye Valley. Enjoy views from The Kymin, an 18th Century Round House and Naval Temple. At Redbrook the trail crosses the border out of Wales for the final time.
Breakfast and evening meal included
Stay overnight at Parva Farmhouse, Tintern

Day 17: Tintern to Chepstow 15km/9.5mi

A short detour off the route at the start of the day takes you to the ruins of Tintern Abbey, then follow a tree lined escarpment to Devil's Pulpit for a spectacular view back to the Abbey. As you near Chepstow, you'll have views of the Castle, the oldest surviving post Roman fortification in Britain. Arrive at Sedbury cliff at the Severn estuary, a Maritime Natural Area which has the second highest tidal range in the world thanks to its shape and the 5 rivers that feed into it. A transfer will meet you for the short ride to Chepstow for your last night.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at The Three Tuns Inn, Chepstow

Day 18: Leave Chepstow

Depart after breakfast

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

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The White House, Rhuallt

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The White House is a family-run bed and breakfast, located in Rhuallt, North Wales. The rooms are comfortable and modern.


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The Raven, Llanarmon-yn-lal

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The Raven Inn is situated in one of the few remaining villages in the area which still has a church, chapel, shop, school, and pub, as well as a beautifully renovated Old School Room which is used as a Community Hall. The newly refurbished rooms are comfortable and well equipped.


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The Riverbanc, Llangollen

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The Riverbanc is perfectly located in the centre of the small town of Llangollen which is steeped in myth and legend. It is also best known for hosting the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod every July. The rooms are modern and comfortable.


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The Mulberry Inn, Llwynmawr

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The Mulberry Inn in the quiet setting of Llwynmawr village in the beautiful Ceiriog Valley. The rooms in this delightful country inn are modern and Individually furnished.


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The Cross Keys Inn, Llanymynech

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The Cross Keys is a Georgian grade II listed building situated in the village of Llanymynech, which straddles the border of Shropshire, England and Powys, Wales. Independently run, a warm and friendly welcome await all guests.


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Moors Farm, Buttington

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Traditional Farm House Accommodation once the principal farm house of Powis Castle. Now privately owned but still farming. It has a lot of character, including exposed beams and log-burning fires and provide spacious accommodation.


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Oakley B&B, Pentreheyling

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Oakley is a modern property providing high quality bed and breakfast accommodation set in a beautiful rural location with stunning views over the hills and mountains of the Welsh Marches.
The Bed and breakfast is situated on the border of England and Wales four miles from the picturesque market towns of Bishops Castle and Montgomery. Both towns have a choice of tea rooms, restaurants and pubs, with their own microbreweries.


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The Horse and Jockey Inn, Knighton

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Situated in the heart of the market town of Knighton, close to the Offa's Dyke centre. This traditional 14th Century coaching inn boasts a lot of character with its original beams and open fires. Rooms are comfortable and well equipped.


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Castle Hill House, Kington

Castle Hill House is a beautiful period house built in 1824 and is set within large landscaped gardens and natural surroundings. The house offers spacious accommodation with stunning views across the surrounding countryside. The rooms are generously sized and have a luxurious and cosy feel to them. Each room is individually decorated and full of character.


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The Old Black Lion, Hay on Wye

An historic 17th Century Inn, it is situated close to what was known as the Lion Gate, one of the original entrances into the medieval walled town of Hay-on-Wye. It is believed that parts of the building date back to the 1300’s. The Old Black Lion certainly has a colourful history and it is reputed that Oliver Cromwell stayed at the Inn whilst the Roundheads besieged Hay Castle. The rooms are traditional and comfortable.


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The Crown Inn, Longtown

The Crown Inn is a family run country inn in the heart of the beautiful Herefordshire countryside, on the border of Wales, set in the shadow of the magnificent Black Mountains. Located in the Olchon Valley, just off the Offa’s Dyke pathway and in the middle of the Golden Valley. There are 7 comfortable rooms available, all with ensuite bathroom/shower, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.


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The Old Rectory, Llangattock Lingoed

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The Old Rectory is a 17th century property which stands in an acre of garden, in the unspoilt rural hamlet of Llangattock-Lingoed nestling in the Welsh border countryside. The Offas Dyke Trail passes the garden gate. The rooms are spacious and comfortable.


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Creates B&B, Monmouth

This new venue is a beautiful Café and Bistro combined with an Art Gallery. The boutique rooms are beautifully decorated and modern. Creates in Monmouth was also crowned the winner of Channel 4’s - Four in Bed!


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Parva Farmhouse, Tintern

Parva Farmhouse is a 17th Century former farmhouse set just 50 yards from the banks of the River Wye, less than a mile from historic Tintern Abbey. The rooms are individually decorated and comfortable.


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The Three Tuns, Chepstow

The Three Tuns Inn is located in the old part of Chepstow just in front of the Castle and the lower end of Bridge Street, with its elegant row of early 19th century houses, the street descends to the River Wye which is crossed by the beautiful cast Iron bridge dating back to 1816. The rooms are comfortable and refurbished to a high standard.

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Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 17 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , , and hotels

Breakfasts and 4 evening meals

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

GPS route directions and maps

Headwater navigation app

Luggage transfers between hotels

Walking transfers


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

  • Oct 2021
  • Nov 2021
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28th Oct 2021 US$3749 Tour only: US$3749 Check availability
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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Thursday's from 21st Oct 2021 to 18th Nov 2021, for 17 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
Breakfasts and 4 evening meals

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

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