Dee Way - West Section

A self-guided walk from Llangollen to Bala through the valleys of North Wales.

4 nights
35 miles

From £340 per person

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About this route

The west section of the Dee Way trail pushes from Llangollen through the mountainous region of North Wales. As a chiefly riverside walk, it is largely low-level, with the occasional ascent up the mountain slopes to take in staggering views over the rugged shapes of the surrounding countryside.

This is the perfect walk to taste Wales’ rich culture and history, with 80% of Bala’s population speaking Welsh and plenty of parish churches and links to Owain Glyndwr to be found along the trail.

Dee Way - West Section map
Llangollen to Bala
35 miles (55 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Walking alongside horse-drawn canal boats as you wander from Llangollen to Horseshoe Falls.

Visiting Welsh villages nestled against the backdrop of the Berwyn Mountains.

Exploring Lake Bala on the outskirts of the Snowdonia National Park.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
DEWW From Llangollen to Bala 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£340

Dee Way - West Section 4 nights, 3 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 Corwen. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 2

Corwen to Llandrillo. 10 miles (16km)

Day 3

Llandrillo to Bala. 10 miles (16km)


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?

  • 4 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.

The small town of Llangollen is a 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: 34.5 miles (55 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Code: DEWW Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Llangollen
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 - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail Llangollen is at Ruabon (about 7 miles away). 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 Llangollen and from Bala.

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 bus from Bala 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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