The Offa's Dyke Trail
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Meadows & hills
Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
This 177 mile long trail follows the spectacular Dyke that was constructed in the 8th century by King Offa to divide the kingdoms of Mercia and Wales.
Our accommodation is at comfortable partner hotels and guesthouses, on or near the route. Each has been selected for their character, quality and their warm welcome and friendly service.
The Royal George Hotel, Tintern - 2nts
The Royal George sits quietly in an Area of Natural Beauty - the Wye Valley at Tintern Abbey. The hotel offers comfort and traditional hospitality, as well as fresh produce from Wales in its restaurant. Rooms include TV, tea and coffee making facilities, WiFi and a hairdryer.
The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny - 2nts
Located in the centre of Abergavenny, The Angel Hotel is a former coaching inn with a smart Georgian facade. Rooms include Flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and WiFi.
The Burton Hotel, Kington - 3nts
A warm welcome awaits you at The Burton Hotel, which has been family owned and run for over 30 years. Situated in the heart of Kington, the hotel has a swimming pool, gym, and spa. All rooms come with tea and coffee making facilities, TV, Blackout Curtains and Wi-Fi.
The Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool - 3nts
Formerly the manor house of the Earl of Powis, The Royal Oak Hotel is a Grade II listed building which began its life in the 18th century. All rooms include TV, Tea and Coffee making facilities, WiFi Access, and an Iron and Ironing board.
The Mulberry Inn, Llwynmawr - 2nts
Situated in the quiet setting of Llwynmawr village, The Mulberry Inn is a delightfully warm and friendly place to stay. Each room includes fast WiFI, Flat-screen TV, Tea and Coffee making facilities, Hair dryer, and a Robe.
The Springfield Hotel and Health Club, Pentre Haykyn - 2nts
With views over the Dee Estuary, The Springfield Hotel provides complimentary use of their Swimming Pool, Health Club and Sauna. Rooms offer en suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities
Day 1: Arrival Day
Check in at The Royal George hotel is available from 1500 hours and you will meet your trail leader prior to your evening meal for a welcome meeting.
Day 2: Sedbury Hills to Tintern
We start our journey at Sedbury Cliff overlooking the Severn estuary. We pass Chepstow with its castle and head north following the tree lined escarpment with interesting sights along the way. Our first day ends at Tintern with its famous Abbey. 8 miles (12km) with 1,460ft (450m) of ascent and descent
Day 3: Tintern to Monmouth
We follow the River Wye to Redbrook and ascend Kymin Hill with its battlemented Roundhouse and Naval Temple. We end our walk in the attractive border town of Monmouth, birthplace of Henry V. 11 miles (18km) with 2,300ft (700m) of ascent and descent
Day 4: Monmouth to Pandy
Today we cross undulating farmland and an area rich in medieval history of ruined castles and abbeys. We pass pretty small villages and have great views of the Black Mountains ahead of us. 16 miles (26km) with 1,900 ft (580m) of ascent and 1,600 ft (490m) of descent
Day 5: Pandy to Hay on Wye
This section commands magnificent views and the highest point of the route at 2,300 feet as we walk within the Brecon Beacon’s National Park with a lovely ridge walk to Hay Bluff along the Black mountains. Our walk today finishes in Hay on Wye, famous for its bookshops and castles. 17 miles (27km) with 2,330 ft (700m) of ascent and 2,200 ft (670m) of descent
Day 6: Hay on Wye to Kington
We cross River Wye and head into the Radnorshire Hills passing through ‘Kilvert Country’. After the pretty village of Gladestry we walk up and over Hergest Ridge before descending to the attractive border town of Kington. 15 miles (24km) with 2,300 ft (700m) of ascent and 2,100 ft (640m) of descent
Day 7: Kington to Knighton
We walk along remote hills with long stretches of well preserved Dyke with wide expanding views. Arriving in Knighton we are almost half way and here is the home of the Offa’s Dyke centre. 13 miles (21km) with 2,600 ft (790m) of ascent and 2,500 ft (760m) of descent
Day 8: Knighton to Kerry Ridgeway
This section is quite tough as it rises and falls through the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural beauty. There is also some of the best preserved sections of the Dyke and you reach the true midway marker near Clun. 13 miles (20km) with 3,375 ft (1,030m) of ascent and 2,750 ft (840m) of descent
Day 9: Kerry Ridgeway to Welshpool
With plenty of opportunity to view the Dyke we pass close to Montgomery often with one foot in England and one foot in Wales. We climb the earthworks of Beacon hill fort before crossing River Severn and entering Welshpool. 16 miles (25 km) with 1,840 ft (560m) of ascent and 2,800 ft (855m) of descent
Day 10: Welshpool to Trefonen
The Trail follows stretches of the Montgomeryshire canal and the River Severn to Llanymynech where the main street is the Wales – English border. We pass old mines and quarries and finish today in the village of Trefonen. 17 miles (28 km) with 1,630 ft (500m) of ascent and 1,260 Ft (385m) of descent
Day 11: Trefonen to Llangollen
The remains of The Dyke are with us for much of today’s walk. We pass through rolling hills and the grounds of Chirk Castle before descending to the Llangollen valley and the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. 13 miles (20km) with 2,160 ft (660m) of ascent and 2,400 ft (730m) of descent
Day 12: Llangollen to Clwyd Gate
The trail leaves the route of the Dyke today as we take a dramatic contouring path along the edge of the Eglwyseg hills. A high moorland section of bogs and bilberries leads to the pretty village of Llandegla To reach the end of our walk at Clwyd Gate we have a series of steep hills to negotiate. A tough but exhilarating day! 16 miles (26km) with 3,380 ft (1,030m) of ascent and 2,850 ft (870m) of descent
Day 13: Clwyd Gate to Bodfari
We spend most of today in the beautiful Clwydian hills, carpeted with heather and bilberry. Fine weather rewards us with views from Snowdon to Cheshire. We eventually descend to the small village of Bodfari with a welcoming pub. 12 miles (19km) with 2,400 ft (730m) of ascent and 3,180 ft (970m) of descent
Day 14: Bodfari to Prestatyn
Our final day in the Clwydian Hills still affords great views of Snowdonia and North Wales Coast as we get our first glimpse of the sea and our journeys end walking on the Prestatyn Hills into Prestatyn. We follow the trail to the monument on the beach where we can celebrate our achievement. 12 miles (20 km) with 2,200 ft (670m) of ascent and 2,350 ft (715m) of descent
Day 15: Departure Day
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors.
As this holiday starts and finishes at two different points, travelling by train may be the most convenient method of travel. The nearest rail station to Tintern is Chepstow. The transfer from Chepstow to your first hotel is included in the price of your holiday. Your leader will meet you at Chepstow station (outside the main entrance) at 17:00 for the 15 minute transfer to The Royal George Hotel, Tintern.
Your holiday finishes at Springfield Hotel, Pentre Haykyn. A transfer to Chester Railway Station is included in the price of your holiday. The transfer will leave after breakfast on the morning after the end of the holiday.
For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
Dates & Prices
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|23 Aug 2018||ZDLDW - Offa's Dyke Path||14||£1,949.00||£1,924.00||Book Now|
- 14 nights’ full board accommodation
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ trails leader
- All transport on walking days
Prices are per person
- Single room: £420 (complete holiday)
- Non member associate fee: £10 per person
If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead.