Offa’s Dyke Path - South to North

A walking holiday along Offa’s Dyke Path from Chepstow in the South to Prestatyn in the North
Offa’s Dyke Path Map

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We also offer these routes from North to South. For more information on walking these routes in the opposite direction, click here.

During the 8th century, King Offa of Mercia ordered a great dyke to be built, stretching from sea to sea, to mark the western boundary of his kingdom with Wales. In places it is still visible as a bank up to 25 feet high with a deep ditch alongside. Beginning at Chepstow on the Severn Estuary, Offa's Dyke Path follows the course of this ancient earthwork to Prestatyn on the coast of North Wales. It passes through scenery of great beauty and variety ranging from the woodlands of the spectacular Wye gorge to the windswept ridges of the Black Mountains and from the rolling hills and secluded valleys of mid-Wales to the heather-clad Clwydian Hills. Along the way it visits a succession of historic border towns and attractive villages including Monmouth, Hay-on-Wye, Knighton, Montgomery and Welshpool.

There is much of historic interest along the trail: Chepstow Castle, the first stone fortress built in Wales; the picturesque ruin of Tintern Abbey on the banks of the Wye, founded in 1131 for monks of the Cistercian Order; the 13th century gatehoused bridge at Monmouth; the imposing stronghold of White Castle with its high curtain walls and deep moat; the castle-like church of St Cadoc's at Llangattock Lingoed, where villagers sheltered in times of conflict; magnificent Powis Castle at Welshpool; the drum-towered Marcher fortress of Chirk Castle and the hilltop fort of Dinas Bran overlooking Llangollen.

We also offer the Offa's Dyke Path as a trail running holiday, for those eager to enjoy this trail at speed. Click here to find out more.

Holiday Highlights

  • The views over the Irish Sea, Anglesey, Snowdonia and the Clwydian Hills from Prestatyn.
  • Reaching the Hatterall Ridge, the highest point on Offa’s Dyke.
  • Passing through the Clwydian Hills, the Shropshire Hills and the Wye Valley, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Offa’s Dyke Path - South to North

Total Distance 177 miles (283 km)
Start and Finish Chepstow to Prestatyn
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Offa’s Dyke Path Powis Castle
Offa’s Dyke Path
Offa’s Dyke Path White Castle
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
ODP1 13 nights, 12 days walking £970 per person More Information Book Online
ODP2 14 nights, 13 days walking £1040 per person More Information Book Online
ODP3 15 nights, 14 days walking £1120 per person More Information Book Online
ODP4 16 nights, 15 days walking £1190 per person More Information Book Online
ODP5 17 nights, 16 days walking £1265 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:
£35 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 Offa’s Dyke Path in two sections, each of which is a beautiful walk in its own right, giving those with less time the opportunity to complete the trail in stages.


Offa’s Dyke Path - Southern Section - South to North

Offa’s Dyke Path - Southern Section Map

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Total Distance 81 miles (130 km)
Start and Finish Chepstow to Knighton
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The Southern section of Offa’s Dyke runs from Chepstow to Knighton. The trail follows the 8th century dyke, built by King Offa of Mercia to separate England from Wales, and takes in the Wye Valley section of this beautiful trail.

Starting in Chepstow, on the banks of the River Severn, the trail leaves the looming Sedbury Cliffs and makes its way through the stunning woodlands and scenery of the Wye Valley towards the Devil’s Pulpit. From this limestone pillar, the devil was said to have tried to lure the monks of Tintern Abbey away to join him, but even so, the views over Tintern Abbey are delightful.

After Hay-on-Wye, with its world famous bookshops, the trail passes through Kington, where there are beautiful views of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park. With this impressive scenery in front of you, the trail continues to Knighton, the only town located on the dyke and a fitting end to this Southern section of the Offa’s Dyke Path.

Holiday Highlights

  • Stepping through history along King Offa’s Dyke.
  • Looking out over Tintern Abbey from the Devil’s Pulpit.
  • Spectacular scenery along the Wye Valley.
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Offa’s Dyke Path near Longtown
Offa’s Dyke Path Hergest Ridge
Offa’s Dyke Path view from trig point
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
ODPS1 6 nights, 5 days walking £470 per person More Information Book Online
ODPS2 7 nights, 6 days walking £550 per person More Information Book Online
ODPS3 8 nights, 7 days walking £625 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:
£35 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.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
ODPS1-D 6 nights, 5 days walking £530 per person More Information Book Online
ODPS2-D 7 nights, 6 days walking £620 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
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:
£35 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£55 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.

Offa’s Dyke Path - Northern Section - South to North

Offa’s Dyke Path - Northern Section Map

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Total Distance 96.5 miles (154 km)
Start and Finish Knighton to Prestatyn
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The North section of the Offa’s Dyke path runs through the more challenging terrain from Knighton to Prestatyn. The route passes along two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Hills as it stretches along Britain’s longest ancient monument.

From the historical town of Knighton, Offa’s Dyke path follows the ancient earthwork through the delightful Shropshire Hills, where the picturesque town of Montgomery rests. This, the smallest county town in England or Wales, has not been spoilt by busy roads and is the ideal place to view the surrounding countryside.

With the Berwyn Mountains as a backdrop, the trail passes through Llandegla. Leaving the Shropshire Hills in the distance, the Clwydian Hills dominate the landscape and the trail concludes with a challenging ascent to Prestatyn with stunning views over the Irish Sea.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visiting the picturesque towns of Welshpool and Montgomery, the smallest county town in England and Wales.
  • Completing the challenging section through the Clwydian Hills on the final stretch to Prestatyn.
  • Exploring the length of the ancient Dyke through the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Hills.
Offa’s Dyke Path Tintern Abbey
Offa’s Dyke Path Llangollen
Offa’s Dyke Path view over River Wye
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
ODPN0 7 nights, 6 days walking £550 per person More Information Book Online
ODPN1 8 nights, 7 days walking £625 per person More Information Book Online
ODPN2 9 nights, 8 days walking £705 per person More Information Book Online
ODPN3 10 nights, 9 days walking £785 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:
£35 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.

Offa’s Dyke Path Taster Breaks

Offa’s Dyke Path Taster Break - Central Section

This short break explores some of the finest, best preserved stretches of Offa's Dyke, utilising a mixture of riverside paths, country lanes, Roman roads and green fields to provide a pleasant but varied walk with plenty to discover.

Starting from Hay-on-Wye, a town famed for its wonderful bookshops, the trail follows the River Wye and traverses several hills - including Disgwylfa Hill with wide views on all sides - before passing through the Victorian market town of Kington. The trail then meets with Offa's Dyke itself and runs along it through attractive woodland and upland pastures to the historical border town of Knighton, where this itinerary finishes against a backdrop of dramatic mountain landscapes.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spotting Welsh mountain ponies and birdlife atop Hergest Ridge, with fantastic views stretching out in all directions.
  • Exploring the best-preserved stretch of Offa's Dyke and discovering a variety of historical sites of interest, including Bronydd's 16th Century Baptist Chapel and the Price Monument on Hawthorn hill.
  • Visiting the quintessentially Welsh town of Kington and enjoying its unique character.
Tour Code OPDT1
Total Distance 28.5 miles (45.5 km)
Start and Finish Hay-on-Wye to Knighton
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

Offa’s Dyke Path Taster Break - Northern Section

For those wanting to spend a few days exploring the northern section of the Offa's Dyke Path, this short break itinerary is perfect for taking in some of the most dramatic scenery available.

Beginning at the classic tourist town of llangollen, the first leg of this route utilises a selection of terrain; including roads, rough tracks, scree slopes, heather moorland and forest paths, offering plenty of variety and frequently changing scenery. The second part then climbs upwards and follows the long, undulating ridge of the Clwydian Hills, dotted with hillforts and other ruins as well as providing incredible views across the region, before completing the walk in the former industrial village of Bodfari.

Holiday Highlights

  • Taking in the views at World's End – a picturesque spot at the head of the Eglwyseg valley.
  • Exploring the many settlements along the trail, including Haford Bilston, Llandegla and Clywd Gate.
  • Reaching the iconic Jubilee Tower on Moel Famu; the highest point of the Clwydian Hills.
Tour Code OPDT2
Total Distance 25.5 miles (41 km)
Start and Finish Llangollen to Bodfari
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Bridleway
Ivinghoe Beacon
View towards Ivinghoe Beacon - A walk in the Chilterns
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
ODPT1 3 nights, 2 days walking £235 per person More Information Book Online
ODPT2 3 nights, 2 days walking £235 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:
£35 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.

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