Offa's Dyke Path

Offa's Dyke Path

Book your walking holiday along King Offa's Dyke, from Chepstow to Prestatyn.

3 to 17 nights
27-181 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding / Strenuous

From £355 per person

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About the trail

During the 8th century, King Offa of Mercia ordered a great dyke to be built to mark the western boundary of his kingdom with Wales. Offa's Dyke Path follows the course of this ancient earthwork from Chepstow to Prestatyn, passing through scenery of great beauty and variety along the way.

The trail visits a succession of historic border towns and attractive villages including Monmouth, Hay-on-Wye and Welshpool. There is also plenty of historic interest along the trail, including Chepstow Castle, the ruin of Tintern Abbey and the imposing stronghold of White Castle, to name just a few.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • Offa's Dyke Path
  • Offa's Dyke Path - North Section
  • Offa's Dyke Path - South Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Offa's Dyke Short Break - South Section
  • Offa's Dyke Short Break - North Section

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Trail running tours available

We also organise trail running holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

6 to 8 nights
81 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding / Strenuous
2nd January to 24th December

From £680 per person

Offa's Dyke Path - South Section

The Southern section of Offa's Dyke Path runs from Chepstow to the town of Knighton. The trail follows the 8th century dyke and takes in the Wye Valley section of this beautiful path.

There are beautiful views to be enjoyed of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park, as well as a smattering of charming villages, including Hay-on-Wye with its world famous bookshops.

The walk enjoys a variety of terrain, including quiet woodland and rolling hills, with plenty of interesting folklore to discover, such as the mysterious limestone pillar of the Devil's Pulpit.

This route can be walked in the opposite direction upon request. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
ODPS1 From Chepstow to Knighton 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £680
ODPS2 From Chepstow to Knighton 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding £790
ODPS3 From Chepstow to Knighton 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding £905

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
ODPSBS From Hay-on-Wye to Knighton 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding £355

Offa's Dyke Path - South Section 6 nights, 5 days walking

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

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. This distance is included in the day walks from/to Longtown or Llanthony, where this stop features on any of the below itineraries.

Start

Travel to Chepstow where your first night's accommodation will be 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) / 2234 ft (681 m) ascent

Day 5

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

Finish

Depart from Knighton 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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night


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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Offa's Dyke Path - South Section map
Chepstow to Knighton
81 miles (130 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Stepping through history along King Offa's Dyke and enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Wye Valley.

Looking out over Tintern Abbey and the surrounding landscape from the limestone pillar of the Devil's Pulpit.

Exploring the wonderful villages of Monmouth, Pandy and Kington and discovering their unique pasts.

What's included?

  • 6 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.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 81 miles (129.5 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14 miles (22.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (28.5 km)
Code: ODPS1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Chepstow
End of holiday: Knighton

Route Profile

Offa's Dyke Path - South Section 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 and Birmingham.

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

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

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 Knighton 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.

Customer reviews from the Offa's Dyke Path - South Section

“A great trail and only 5 hours of daytime rain in 16 days. Had a very enjoyable hike.”
Ms Hardaker, UK
“Beautiful walk. Amazing weather and great time of year with all the wild flowers, trees in blossom and new leaves and fields full of lambs. New life on the moors - new foals and birds singing.”
Mrs Laycock, UK
“Well done perfectly organised and information well presented. Most B&BS have been exceptionally friendly and helpful as have the taxi companies moving bags and giving us the odd lift.”
Mr Coryton, UK
“Absolutely, very well planned; almost entirely excellent accommodation. Welcoming hosts, for us, good weather.”
Mr Braddick, UK
“Everything went very well and even the weather remained great for walking, despite thunderstorms being predicted. Walking was great and reasonably varied and the 13 -14 mile distances were about right for me. Accommodation was all in the good to excellent category (especially the breakfasts!). No complaints. Am considering Offa\'s (north) or the Cotswold Way for next year.”
Mr Thompson, UK
“We had a great week, really enjoyed the beautiful countryside and walking. We intend to book again for September next year.”
Ms Palmer, UK
“Great walking country, good mix of strenuous parts and more relaxing walking. All arrangements, travel, accommodation, luggage transfers, worked perfectly. And great weather! 5 great holidays with you, looking forward to the next!”
Dr Roberts, UK
“Yes, we really enjoyed our holiday. Offa's Dyke path (South section) is a fabulous route with lots of different environments to walk through. Was super! Such a lovely route!”
Mrs Bathe, UK
“Beautiful countryside. I recommend to friends all the time”
Mrs Potterton, Canada
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