The Offa's Dyke Guided Trail Holiday

British Countryside  Green Hills at Spring
Duration: 14 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 5
from £1,989pp £1,939pp

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. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Follow the spectacular Dyke built in the 8th century by King Offa
  • A remote trail along the undulating borderlands of England and Wales
  • Walk through the Black Mountains, the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Hills

What’s included

  • Full board en-suite accommodation 
  • Experienced HF Holidays’ trails leader
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Luggage transfer between accommodation
  • Group transfer from Chepstow Station on arrival day and to Chester on departure day

Trip Notes

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Transfer from Chepstow to your first hotel. Your leader will give an introductory talk about the holiday in the evening.

The Royal George Hotel, Tintern - Offa's Dyke

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.


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

The Royal George Hotel, Tintern - Offa's Dyke

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.


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

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny - Offa's Dyke

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.


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 feet (580m) of ascent and 1,600 feet (490m) of descent    

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny - Offa's Dyke

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.


This section commands magnificent views and the highest point of the route at 2,300 feet as we walk within the Brecon Beacons 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 feet (700m) of ascent and 2,200 feet (670m) of descent

The Burton Hotel, Kington - Offa's Dyke

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. 


We cross the 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

The Burton Hotel, Kington - Offa's Dyke

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. 


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 feet (790m) of ascent and 2,500 feet (760m) of descent

The Burton Hotel, Kington - Offa's Dyke

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. 


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 feet (1,030m) of ascent and 2,750 feet (840m) of descent

The Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool - Offa's Dyke

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. 


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 and finish our day at Buttington near Welshpool.  

16 miles (25 km) with 1,840 feet (560m) of ascent and 2,800 feet (855m) of descent

The Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool - Offa's Dyke

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 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 feet (500m) of ascent and 1,260 feet (385m) of descent

The Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool - Offa's Dyke

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 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 end near the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

13 miles (20km) with 2,160 feet (660m) of ascent and  2,400 feet (730m) of descent

The Mulberry Inn, Llwynmawr - Offa's Dyke

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.


After crossing the aqueduct, 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 feet (1,030m) of ascent and 2,850 feet (870m) of descent

The Mulberry Inn, Llwynmawr - Offa's Dyke

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.


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 feet (730m) of ascent and 3,180 feet (970m) of descent

The Springfield Hotel and Health Club, Pentre Haykyn - Offa's Dyke

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


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 journey's 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 feet (670m) of ascent and 2,350 feet (715m) of descent

The Springfield Hotel and Health Club, Pentre Haykyn - Offa's Dyke

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


We arrange a group transfer to Chester railway station which is included in the price of your holiday.


The Royal George Hotel, Tintern - Offa's Dyke

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 - Offa's Dyke

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 - Offa's Dyke

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 - Offa's Dyke

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 - Offa's Dyke

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 - Offa's Dyke

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

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters. Trekking/approach shoes are not recommended for this trek
  • Sturdy sandals for any river and stream crossings. This is most relevant to the June departure
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • 35-40 litre rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Water bottle (at least 1.5-2 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents and for crossing streams and snow patches
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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Holiday Prices

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2020
13 Apr - 27 Apr 2019 Itinerary £1,989 £1,939 Save £50 Per Person Book Now
08 Jun - 22 Jun 2019 Itinerary £1,989 £1,939 Save £50 Per Person Book Now
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14 Sep - 28 Sep 2019 Itinerary £1,989 £1,939 Save £50 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
14 nights
Type:
Trails
Walking Grade:
5

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