Dee Way

Walk the length of the stunning River Dee from Flint by the coast to Bala near Snowdonia.

9 nights
91 miles
Moderate

From £765 per person

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About this route

The full Dee Way walking trail travels inland from the shoreline, exploring the Welsh Borders and swinging out into North Wales while following the winding path of the River Dee all the way to the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

There are plenty of historic landmarks to keep keen historians entertained along the trail, including ancient castles and impressive aqueducts to name but a few. Those wishing to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Welsh countryside will enjoy meandering through the Dee Valley, filled with colourful plantlife and backed by a range of fantastic mountains.

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Dee Way map
Flint to Bala
91 miles (146 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Walking along the 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 incredible World Heritage Site of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
DEW From Flint(T) to Bala 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate£765

Dee Way 9 nights, 8 days walking

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

Travel to Flint(T) where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Flint(T) to Chester. 13 miles (21km)

Day 2

Chester to Farndon. 12 miles (19km)

Day 3

Farndon to Bangor-on-Dee. 10 miles (16km)

Day 4

Bangor-on-Dee to Chirk. 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 5

Chirk to Llangollen. 9.5 miles (15km)

Day 6

Llangollen to Corwen. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 7

Corwen to Llandrillo. 10 miles (16km)

Day 8

Llandrillo to Bala. 10 miles (16km)

Finish

Depart from Bala 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.

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 walk 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 walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£20.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 9 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

Spending an extra night absorbing your surroundings can be an excellent way to make the most of your holiday.

If you would like to taste some of the diverse history of Wales, consider a day of exploring the Cathedral city of Chester. Here, you can take a boat along the River Dee, browse through shops surrounded by wonderful architecture, visit the largest stone-built Roman Amphitheatre in Britain or even visit Chester Zoo, with regular buses running from Chester Town Hall.

If you prefer to spend your rest day somewhere quieter, Chirk may be a good choice. With an impressive 14th century castle and the nearby World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte, the surrounding area offers much to discover.

The small town of Llangollen is another good choice for an extra night. Packed with quaint shops and cafes, the town is brimming with interesting places to visit. Consider taking a picnic to the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey, taking a walk to the ancient ruin of Castell Dinas Bran, visiting Plas Newydd, once home to the Ladies of Llangollen, or taking a journey along the Llangollen canal on a horse drawn barge.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 91 miles (146 km)
Duration: 9 nights, 8 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 9.5 miles (15 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Code: DEW Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Flint(T)
End of holiday: Bala

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent with your full holiday pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Chester & Flint). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Bala) is at Ruabon (about 28 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Chester (for Flint) and from Bala.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Chester and Flint.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a bus from Bala to Ruabon, then catch the the train from here to Flint.

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.

Routes on this trail

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From £510 per person
A walk from Flint to Llangollen through the historic mountain towns and villages along the River Dee.Find Out More
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