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Offa's Dyke Path

Offa's Dyke Path

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

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

From £1135 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.
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Chepstow to Prestatyn
181 miles (290 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£1135
ODP2 From Chepstow to Prestatyn 14 nights, 13 days walking Demanding£1220
ODP3 From Chepstow to Prestatyn 15 nights, 14 days walking Demanding£1310
ODP4 From Chepstow to Prestatyn 16 nights, 15 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1395
ODP5 From Chepstow to Prestatyn 17 nights, 16 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1485

Offa's Dyke Path 13 nights, 12 days walking

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

Important information

Please note that there is a short section of the trail, approximately 1.5 miles in length, to the south of Chepstow. We recommend a there-and-back walk on the evening of your arrival if you wish to tackle this section; transfers are not provided to the top of Sedbury Cliffs as standard.

The villages of Longtown and Llanthony are located 1.5 miles off the Offa's Dyke Path trail.  The same applies for the town of Llangollen, which also appears 1.5 miles off the Offa's Dyke Path trail. These additional distances to and from Longtown/Llanthony and Llangollen are included in the day walks shown below, if the itinerary features these places as a stop. 

Start

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

Day 1

Chepstow to Monmouth. 18 miles (28.5km) / 3025 ft (922 m) ascent

Day 2

Monmouth to Pandy(L). 17 miles (27km) / 1949 ft (594 m) ascent

Day 3

Pandy(L) to Hay-on-Wye. 17.5 miles (28km) / 2336 ft (712 m) ascent

Day 4

Hay-on-Wye to Kington. 14.5 miles (23.5km) / 2201 ft (671 m) ascent

Day 5

Kington to Knighton. 14 miles (22.5km) / 2415 ft (736 m) ascent

Day 6

Knighton to Brompton Crossroads(L). 15 miles (24km) / 3406 ft (1038 m) ascent

Day 7

Brompton Crossroads(L) to Buttington (For Welshpool)(L). 12.5 miles (20km) / 1545 ft (471 m) ascent

Day 8

Buttington (For Welshpool)(L) to Trefonen(L). 16.5 miles (26.5km) / 1447 ft (441 m) ascent

Day 9

Trefonen(L) to Llangollen. 17 miles (27km) / 2661 ft (811 m) ascent

Day 10

Llangollen to Clwyd Gate(T). 15.5 miles (24.5km) / 3002 ft (915 m) ascent

Day 11

Clwyd Gate(T) to Bodfari(L). 11.5 miles (18.5km) / 2211 ft (674 m) ascent

Day 12

Bodfari(L) to Prestatyn. 12.5 miles (20km) / 2152 ft (656 m) ascent

Finish

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 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?

  • 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: 181 miles (290 km)
Duration: 13 nights, 12 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (28.5 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 cities 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

Offa's Dyke Path - South Section
6 to 8 nights
81 miles
Moderate / Demanding+
From £525 per person
A walking holiday along the famous Offa's Dyke Path from Chepstow to Knighton.Find Out More
Offa's Dyke Path - North Section
7 to 10 nights
98 miles
Moderate / Demanding+
From £630 per person
A self-guided walking holiday from Knighton to Prestatyn along Offa's Dyke Path.Find Out More
Offa's Dyke Short Break - South Section
3 nights
29 miles
Demanding
From £280 per person
A short self-guided walking holiday along the historic Offa's Dyke Path from Hay-on-Wye to Knighton.Find Out More
Offa's Dyke Short Break - North Section
3 nights
27 miles
Moderate / Demanding+
From £280 per person
A pleasant short walking break along the iconic Offa's Dyke Path from Llangollen to Bodfari.Find Out More

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
“Really nice walk, not over-challenging. Very rural, not much between each stop and the next. The instructions and advice were well.”
Mr Short, UK
“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
“Absolute delight! Loved the walk, the things we saw and the places we stayed.”
Mrs House, Australia
“Wonderful to do a day on day long-distance walk again after a break of a few years. Booking with Contours gave us that extra support we needed to feel confident once again of our ability. From start to finish through from our initial enquiry, booking, pre-holiday queries and the actual walking we were really comfortable working with Contours. Relaxed yet very competent accommodating approach works for us. Recommended Contours to everyone!”
Mrs Roberts, UK
“We had a fabulous time and were very pleased overall.”
Mr Winter, USA
“Fantastic walk, beautiful countryside and we were very lucky with the weather. Nearly everything was perfect such as organisation and choice of accommodation.”
Mr Edwards, UK
“It was once again lovely!”
Dr Hollander, Netherlands
"View from the Offa's Dyke Path" by David Keogh (2020) "View from the Offa's Dyke Path" by David Keogh (2020)
"Reconstruction of an Iron Age Burial" by David Keogh (2020) "Reconstruction of an Iron Age Burial" by David Keogh (2020)
"Llanthony Priory" by June Hall (2019) "Llanthony Priory" by June Hall (2019)
"Hay Bluff" by Roger Wilmot (2019) "Hay Bluff" by Roger Wilmot (2019)
"Above Teme Valley" by Roger Wilmot (2019) "Above Teme Valley" by Roger Wilmot (2019)
"Llanthony Priory" by Roger Wilmot (2019) "Llanthony Priory" by Roger Wilmot (2019)
"White Castle" by Tim Carter (2019) "White Castle" by Tim Carter (2019)
"Up to the Ridge" by Tim Carter (2019) "Up to the Ridge" by Tim Carter (2019)
"The First Climb of the Day" by Tim Carter (2019) "The First Climb of the Day" by Tim Carter (2019)
"Descending to Redbrook" by Denise Roberts (2019) "Descending to Redbrook" by Denise Roberts (2019)
"Llandegla" by Pam Wootton (2019) "Llandegla" by Pam Wootton (2019)
"Between Kington and Knighton" by Bruce Williams (2018) "Between Kington and Knighton" by Bruce Williams (2018)
"White Castle" by Pam Wootton (2018) "White Castle" by Pam Wootton (2018)
"Crucorney Cwmyoy" by Pam Wootton (2018) "Crucorney Cwmyoy" by Pam Wootton (2018)
"Follow the Leader" by Tom Ossim (2018) "Follow the Leader" by Tom Ossim (2018)
"Bluebells in the Wye Valley" by Susan Daber (2017) "Bluebells in the Wye Valley" by Susan Daber (2017)
"Wye Valley" by Susan Daber (2017) "Wye Valley" by Susan Daber (2017)
"Kington Forest Path" by Susan Daber (2017) "Kington Forest Path" by Susan Daber (2017)
"Between Knighton and Newcastle" by Marianne Engelshove (2017) "Between Knighton and Newcastle" by Marianne Engelshove (2017)
"Enjoying the Scenery" by Marianne Engleshove (2017) "Enjoying the Scenery" by Marianne Engleshove (2017)
"Bath with a View" by Marianne Engelshove (2017) "Bath with a View" by Marianne Engelshove (2017)
"Montgomery Canal" by Marianne Engelshove (2017) "Montgomery Canal" by Marianne Engelshove (2017)
"Hillfort Feet Up" by Nicki Barnes (2017) "Hillfort Feet Up" by Nicki Barnes (2017)
"Hay Bluff, Approaching Hatterall Ridge" by Nicki Barnes (2017) "Hay Bluff, Approaching Hatterall Ridge" by Nicki Barnes (2017)
"St Cadocs Church, Llangattack-Lingoed" by Nicki Barnes (2017) "St Cadocs Church, Llangattack-Lingoed" by Nicki Barnes (2017)
"Knighton to Kington" by Nicki Barnes (2017) "Knighton to Kington" by Nicki Barnes (2017)
"View from Penycloddiau Hillfort" by Nicki Barnes (2017) "View from Penycloddiau Hillfort" by Nicki Barnes (2017)
"Lone Oak with Company" 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) "Adding to the Feathers on the Gate near Caggle Street" by Nicki Barnes (2017)

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