The Offa's Dyke Guided Trail Holiday

Guided Trail

Code: ZDLDW

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Activity types:

  • Meadows & hills
  • Rural peace

Level

  • 5
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From £1,979.00 - 14 nights

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Holiday overview

Download the Offas' Dyke Trip Notes 2018

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. 

What's included

  • 14 nights’ full board accommodation 
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ trails leader
  • All transport on walking days

Accommodation

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 hotel situated in the Wye ValleyThe 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

The Angel Hotel located in the heart of AbergavennyLocated 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

The family owned Burton Hotel, situated in the heart of KingtonA 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

The fomer manor house of the Earl of PowisFormerly 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

Mulberry Inn, situated in the quiet setting of Llwynmawr VillageSituated 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

Springfield Hotel on the Offas Dyke TrailWith 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

Itinerary

Download the Offas' Dyke Trip Notes 2018

Day 1: Arrival Day

Check in at The Royal George hotel is available from 3pm and you will meet your trail leader prior to your evening meal for a welcome meeting.

Day 2: Sedbury Hills to Tintern

Tintern Abbey on the Offa's Dyke PathWe 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

Railway Bridge at RedbrookWe 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

Farm land on route to PandyToday 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

Walk along the Hay Bluff Ridge in the Brecon BeaconsThis 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

The Radnorshire Hill in Kilvert CountryWe 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

Remote hill walking on route to KnightonDay 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

Offa's Dyke in it's best preserved formDay 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 Offa's Dyke on the Welsh borderMontgomery 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 old quarry at Llanymynech HillThe 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

Pontcysyllte AqueductThe 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

Forest next to Llandegla villageThe 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

The Clwydian HillsWe 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

Offa's Dyke sculpture in PrestatynOur 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.

Travel



How to get to us by train

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).

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
5 Jul 2019 ZDLDW - Offa's Dyke Path 14 £1,979.00 Book Now
20 Sep 2019 ZDLDW - Offa's Dyke Path 14 £1,979.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

  • Single room: 2018 - £420, 2019 - £385 (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. 

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