Offa's Dyke Path

A self-guided walking holiday from Chepstow to Prestatyn along the Welsh Border.

13 to 17 nights
177 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding / Strenuous

From £1065 per person

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About this route

This holiday option traverses all 177 miles of the iconic Offa’s Dyke Path, taking in everything from the woodlands of the spectacular Wye Gorge to the windswept ridges of the Black Mountains.

The trail straddles the English-Welsh border and offers a full range of gorgeous scenery, fascinating history, rare wildlife and unique glimpses into Welsh culture, providing plenty to entertain walkers of all interests from start to finish.

This route can be walked in the opposite direction upon request. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
© Contours Walking Holidays Offa's Dyke Path map
Chepstow to Prestatyn
177 miles (283 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Admiring the views as far as 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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
ODP1 From Chepstow to Prestatyn 13 nights, 12 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£1065
ODP2 From Chepstow to Prestatyn 14 nights, 13 days walking Demanding£1145
ODP3 From Chepstow to Prestatyn 15 nights, 14 days walking Demanding£1225
ODP4 From Chepstow to Prestatyn 16 nights, 15 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1310
ODP5 From Chepstow to Prestatyn 17 nights, 16 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1390

Offa's Dyke Path 13 nights, 12 days walking

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

Important information

Please note that if your chosen itinerary features the stop Longtown/Llanthony, due to the inaccessibility of the trail, your daily mileages may fluctuate by more than we typically allow. Local accommodation, if available, will be in one of these two towns on either side of the Black Mountain ridge along which the Offa's Dyke Path runs.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


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

Day 1

Chepstow to Monmouth. 17 miles (27km)

Day 2

Monmouth to Pandy. 17 miles (27km)

Day 3

Pandy to Hay-on-Wye. 18 miles (29km)

Day 4

Hay-on-Wye to Kington. 15 miles (24km)

Day 5

Kington to Knighton. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 6

Knighton to Brompton Crossroads(T). 15 miles (24km)

Day 7

Brompton Crossroads(T) to Buttington (For Welshpool)(L). 12 miles (19km)

Day 8

Buttington (For Welshpool)(L) to Trefonen(L). 16.5 miles (26.5km)

Day 9

Trefonen(L) to Llangollen. 17 miles (27km)

Day 10

Llangollen to Clwyd Gate(T). 15 miles (24km)

Day 11

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

Day 12

Bodfari to Prestatyn. 12 miles (19km)


Depart from Prestatyn 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 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
£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?

  • 13 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.

The sleepy town of Hay-on-Wye is a good choice for a rest day, particularly if you are keen on books. There are over 30 book stores in houses, shops, the old cinema and the ramshackle stone castle.

Knighton is a good choice. It is an attractive old town and the Offa's Dyke Centre is well worth a visit.

The bustling market town of Welshpool is an excellent choice for a rest day, which hosts plenty to keep you entertained. Powis Castle and its magnificent grounds are within walking distance of the town, along with the local museum and the chance to ride a working steam train. As well as this, Welshpool offers a variety of sporting activities and facilities ? including golf, horse riding and quad trekking ? and a unique blend of shops and eateries selling quality local produce that would be difficult to find anywhere else. Please note some of our preferred accommodation are a short walk outside of Welshpool, which does not sit directly on the trail.

Llangollen is another 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: 177 miles (283 km)
Duration: 13 nights, 12 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Code: ODP1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Chepstow
End of holiday: Prestatyn

Route Profile

Offa's Dyke Path Route Profile

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 most convenient major city and international airports are Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Chepstow) and also at the end of the trail (Prestatyn).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Chepstow and from Prestatyn.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Chepstow.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a train from Prestatyn to Chepstow.

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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A self-guided walking holiday from Knighton to Prestatyn along Offa's Dyke Path.Find Out More
3 nights
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A short self-guided walking holiday along the historic Offa's Dyke Path from Hay-on-Wye to Knighton.Find Out More
3 nights
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Customer reviews from the Offa's Dyke Path

“Compliments to Contours staff for helping out 2 weeks in advance to change our booking and for answering patiently all questions I had. Everything was very complete, the holiday pack, the reservations, the luggage transport, the e-mail contact. Very good service, lots of choice in walking holidays.”
Mrs Jans, Netherlands
“Wonderful walking! Mixed weather! Thank you!”
Mrs Long, UK
“Just completed the Offa’s Dyke Path and overall I had an excellent experience. The path was challenging – and at some places, not well marked, but the scenery and the people we met along the way were all excellent. I always enjoy these holidays – much more so than sitting on a cruise ship.”
Mr Ossim, USA
“This is a brilliant route with so much history, beautiful and varied scenery and lots of friendly people on the way.”
Ms Wassermann, UK
“Fantastic trip! Very well organised; good value for many; simple booking process; GPX file very helpful.”
Dr Margolis, Australia
“All worked well and appreciated the flexibility to tailor the standard itineraries to our own needs. Booked based on previous experience as a "fellow traveller" with another who booked the holiday.”
Ms Harris, UK
“Fantastic trip; would recommend the Offa’s Dyke Path. I always recommend your holidays when asked for suggestions.”
Mr Fotheringham, Canada
“We had a fabulous time and were very pleased overall.”
Mr Winter, USA
“It was a very good holiday. Walking through the hills & valleys was a dream. If you're a walker then Offa's Dyke path is a fabulous experience.”
Mrs Bell, UK
"Llanthony Priory" by June Hall (2019)
"Hay Bluff" by Roger Wilmot (2019)
"Above Teme Valley" by Roger Wilmot (2019)
"Llanthony Priory" by Roger Wilmot (2019)
"White Castle" by Tim Carter (2019)
"Up to the Ridge" by Tim Carter (2019)
"The First Climb of the Day" by Tim Carter (2019)
"Descending to Redbrook" by Denise Roberts (2019)
"Llandegla" by Pam Wootton (2019)
"Between Kington and Knighton" by Bruce Williams (2018)
"White Castle" by Pam Wootton (2018)
"Crucorney Cwmyoy" by Pam Wootton (2018)
"Follow the Leader" by Tom Ossim (2018)
"Bluebells in the Wye Valley" by Susan Daber (2017)
"Wye Valley" by Susan Daber (2017)
"Kington Forest Path" by Susan Daber (2017)
"Between Knighton and Newcastle" by Marianne Engelshove (2017)
"Enjoying the Scenery" by Marianne Engleshove (2017)
"Bath with a View" by Marianne Engelshove (2017)
"Montgomery Canal" by Marianne Engelshove (2017)
"Hillfort Feet Up" by Nicki Barnes (2017)
"Hay Bluff, Approaching Hatterall Ridge" by Nicki Barnes (2017)
"St Cadocs Church, Llangattack-Lingoed" by Nicki Barnes (2017)
"Knighton to Kington" by Nicki Barnes (2017)
"View from Penycloddiau Hillfort" by Nicki Barnes (2017)
"Lone Oak with Company" by Nicki Barnes (2017)
"Adding to the Feathers on the Gate near Caggle Street" by Nicki Barnes (2017)

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