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Offa's Dyke Short Break - North Section

A pleasant short walking break along the iconic Offa's Dyke Path from Llangollen to Bodfari.

3 nights
25 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £270 per person

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About this route

Beginning at the classic tourist town of Llangollen, this short break utilises a selection of terrain including rough tracks, scree slopes, heather moorland and forest paths. There is plenty of variety and frequently changing scenery throughout, including fantastic views along the undulating ridge of the Clwydian Hills.

There is plenty of history to uncover along the way, as the landscape is dotted with hillforts and other ruins, with the finishing point of Bodfari boasting a particularly fascinating industrial past.

© Contours Walking Holidays Offa's Dyke Short Break - North Section map
Llangollen to Bodfari
25 miles (40 km)
2nd January to 24th December

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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
ODPSBN From Llangollen to Bodfari 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate / Demanding£270

Offa's Dyke Short Break - North Section 3 nights, 2 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Llangollen where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Llangollen to Clwyd Gate(T). 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 2

Clwyd Gate(T) to Bodfari. 11.5 miles (18.5km)


Depart from Bodfari after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the villages and old market towns along the trail, catch up with writing postcards or to simply relax and give your weary legs a rest.

Llangollen is a pleasant old Welsh town with plenty to see and do.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 25 miles (40 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 13.5 miles (21.5 km)
Code: ODPSBN Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Llangollen
End of holiday: Bodfari

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The nearest airports to the trail are Manchester and Rhoose-Cardiff.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Llangollen) are either Ruabon (about 6.5 miles away) or Chirk (about 7 miles away). The nearest rail stations to the end of the trail (Bodfari) are either Prestatyn (about 9 miles away) or Flint (about 15.5 miles away).

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Ruabon. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Llangollen.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from Bodfari to Llangollen.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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