Dee Way

A self-guided walking holiday that traces the River Dee through the historic landscape of the English and Welsh border towns, North Wales and to the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.
Dee Way Map

click on the map to enlarge

The River Dee or Afon Dyfrdwy is one of the most beautiful rivers in Wales. Starting life on the slopes of Dduallt in the mountains of Snowdonia, it tumbles down the hillside into Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales , and then flows along the tranquil Vale of Edeyrnion beneath the sheep-studded slopes of the Berwyn Mountains to the attractive old market town of Corwen. From here it rushes through the stunningly beautiful Dee Valley to Llangollen, a charming border town surrounded by mountains and rocky escarpments. Overlooked by the ruin of a native Welsh castle, the town lies on the banks of the Dee, spanned by a sturdy 14th -century bridge that is one of the 'Seven Wonders of Wales'. East of Llangollen, the river flows beneath Thomas Telford's Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which carries the Shropshire Union Canal 120 feet overhead, before meandering through the rich farmland of the borderlands to the historic city of Chester and the coast of North East Wales.

The Dee Way traces the river upstream from Flint Castle on the shores of the Dee Estuary to the bustling little town of Bala on the edge of Llyn Tegid. Along the way it passes through a succession of attractive towns and villages such as Aldford, Farndon, Holt, Overton, Bangor-on-Dee , Llangollen, Carrog and Llandrillo as well as the historic Roman city of Chester . It also takes in many sites of historic interest including Flint Castle, the first of Edward I's 'Iron Ring of Fortresses'; Chester Castle, Cathedral and Roman remains; the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the Shropshire Union Canal; Castell Dinas Bran, a 13th -century fortress built by the Welsh prince Gruffydd ap Madoc; Valle Crucis Abbey, one of the last Cistercian foundations in Wales; the Llangollen Steam Railway; the impressive Iron Age hillfort of Caer Drewyn; and 'Glyndwr's Sword' incised into the porch of the Church of St Mael and St Julian at Corwen.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walking through the charming streets of Chester with its stunning Cathedral and ancient Castle.
  • Exploring the rich culture and history of Marches towns such as Farndon and Chirk.
  • Admiring the World Heritage Site of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

Dee Way

Flint to Bala through the historically rich landscape along the River Dee.
Total Distance 91 miles (146 km)
Start and Finish Flint to Bala
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
click on a photo to enlarge
Dee Way Chester and River Dee
Dee Way Llangollen
Dee Way Shropshire Union Canal
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
DEW 9 nights, 8 days walking £775 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Don’t have the time for the complete walk?

We also offer the Dee Way in two sections, giving those with less time the opportunity to complete the trail in stages.


Dee Way - East Section

Flint to Llangollen through the historic towns and villages along the River Dee.
Total Distance 56.5 miles (90.5 km)
Start and Finish Flint to Llangollen
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The East section of the Dee Way starts in the town of Flint on the estuary of the River Dee and continues along the river’s beautiful banks to the pretty town of Llangollen. The trail takes in the finest towns, villages and scenery as it skirts the border of Wales and England and explores the wonderful history of the landscape around the river.

The trail begins at Flint Castle, where the castle’s ruins stand testament to the long and volatile history of the area. Continuing along a series of walkways and cycle paths, the trail tastes the industrial background that has helped the area to thrive as it approaches the town of Connah’s Quay and follows a canalised section of the River Dee to the Cathedral city of Chester.

With its ancient City Walls, Roman Amphitheatre and impressive timber framed buildings, Chester has a wonderfully diverse history, with origins as a Roman fortress, a thriving port and shipbuilding centre. You may wish to hop on a boat and cruise along the River Dee or admire the spectacular architecture of Chester Cathedral as the trail heads alongside the city walls, absorbing the rich culture, before continuing close to the banks of the river.

The trail becomes more agricultural on the approach to Farndon, a pretty village close to the Welsh border. From here, the trail can be followed along the Eastern or Western sides of the river on the way to Bangor-on-Dee, where there is a wealth of interesting historic sites such as the five arched stone bridge believed to have been built by Inigo Jones. On walking around the picturesque village, you may even wish to speculate on the location of the village’s monastery, which was destroyed centuries ago.

Following riverside paths and then lovely woodland, the trail arrives in Chirk, where the magnificent 14th century fortress of Chirk Castle guards the entrance to this marches town. The trail proceeds along a route of stunning canal architecture, taking in the Chirk aqueduct and the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain, the World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte.

Finally, the trail arrives in the popular town of Llangollen, situated on the River Dee, where the waters tumble beneath the famous Dee Bridge. The beautiful area around Llangollen holds a range of interesting sites that you may wish to visit on completion of your walk, from the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey on the outskirts of the town to Plas Newydd, the home of the ‘ladies of Llangollen.’

Holiday Highlights

  • Visiting the magnificent border castles at Flint, Chester and Chirk.
  • Admiring the phenomenal canal architecture of the Chirk and Pontcysyllte aqueducts on the way to Llangollen.
  • Following the course of the River Dee through the historic and stunningly beautiful landscape of the England and Wales border.
click on a photo to enlarge
Dee Way Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Dee Way Bala
Dee Way Horseshoe Falls
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
DEWE 6 nights, 5 days walking £520 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Dee Way Taster Break

Llangollen to Bala through the beautiful valleys of North Wales.
Total Distance 34.5 miles (55 km)
Start and Finish Llangollen to Bala
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

This taster break covers the west section of the Dee Way, starting in the popular town of Llangollen over the picturesque waters of the River Dee and continuing through the hills and valleys of Wales to Bala in the Snowdonia National Park.

The town of Llangollen is a small town located on the River Dee against a backdrop of the Berwyn Mountains. After exploring the charming shops and historical sites around the town, the trail joins the route of the Dee Valley Way, taking in the horse-drawn barges and pretty canal side walking to the impressive Horseshoe Falls at the source of the canal. From here, the trail heads for the market town of Corwen, shadowed by the nearby sounds of the Llangollen Steam Railway. Here, the rugged mountain scenery and strong cultural connections with Owain Glyndwr, make this a fascinating location from which to discover North Wales.

Leaving Corwen, the trail ascends the Iron Age Hillfort of Caer Drewyn, where there are fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. The trail then continues along riverside paths to Llandrillo, a small village overlooked by the spire from the local Parish Church, before making its final approach along the pretty wooded valleys as you trace the course of the River Dee to Bala.

As you arrive in the old market town of Bala, located at the head of Llyn Tegid, or Bala Lake, one of the first things you are likely to notice (beyond the dramatic mountains of the Snowdonia National Park) is the large number of Welsh speakers, with over 80% of the town’s population speaking Welsh as their first language. Bala is the perfect location from which to taste Wales’ rich culture and history and provides a wonderful base for exploring the Snowdonia National Park on completion of your walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Passing the horse drawn narrow boats as you wander along the canal from Llangollen to the impressive Horseshow falls.
  • Visiting the pretty Welsh towns and villages nestled against a backdrop of the Berwyn Mountains, including Llangollen, Corwen and Llandrillo.
  • Exploring Lake Bala on the outskirts of the Snowdonia National Park.
click on a photo to enlarge
Dee Way view of Llangollen
Dee Way Valle Crucis Abbey
Dee Way view from Castell Dinas Bran
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
DEWW 4 nights, 3 days walking £360 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Mr Hughes. Australia.

We are from Australia, a long way away, we appreciated that everything ran smoothly with our accommodation and baggage transfers. Thanks, would do one again.