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

Find your holiday

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.

About this route

3 nights
27 miles
Moderate / Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £355 per person

Offa's Dyke Short Break - North Section

Beginning at the classic tourist town of Llangollen, this short break utilises a selection of terrain including rough tracks, scree slopes, heather moorland and forest paths. There is plenty of variety and frequently changing scenery throughout, including fantastic views along the undulating ridge of the Clwydian Hills.

There is plenty of history to uncover along the way, as the landscape is dotted with hillforts and other ruins, with the finishing point of Bodfari boasting a particularly fascinating industrial past.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
ODPSBN From Llangollen to Bodfari(L) 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate / Demanding £355

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 Short Break - North Section 3 nights, 2 days walking

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

Travel to Llangollen where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

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

Day 2

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


Depart from Bodfari(L) 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
© Contours Walking Holidays Offa's Dyke Short Break - North Section map
Llangollen to Bodfari
27 miles (43 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Taking in the views at World's End, a picturesque spot at the head of the Eglwyseg valley.

Exploring the many settlements along the trail, including Haford Bilston, Llandegla and Clywd Gate.

Reaching the iconic Jubilee Tower on Moel Famu; the highest point of the Clwydian Hills.

What's included?

  • 3 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.

Llangollen is a pleasant old Welsh town with plenty to see and do.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 27 miles (43 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 15.5 miles (24.5 km)
Code: ODPSBN Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Llangollen
End of holiday: Bodfari(L)

Route Profile

Offa's Dyke Short Break - North 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 nearest airports to the trail are Manchester and Cardiff.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Llangollen) are either Ruabon (about 6.5 miles away) or Chirk (about 7 miles away). The nearest rail stations to the end of the trail (Bodfari) are either Prestatyn (about 9 miles away) or Flint (about 15.5 miles away).

By Bus: There is a bus from Ruabon to Llangollen which runs every day, and a rather infrequent bus service from Chirk to Llangollen Monday to Saturday only, so you would need to take a taxi on Sundays or in between times.
There is no viable public transport option to Prestatyn or Flint from Bodfari, so a taxi would be required.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Ruabon or Chirk. 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 taxi from Bodfari 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.