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
29 miles
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £355 per person

Offa's Dyke Short Break - South Section

This short break explores some of the best preserved stretches of Offa's Dyke, utilising a mixture of riverside paths, country lanes, Roman roads and green fields to provide a pleasant but varied walk.

Starting from Hay-on-Wye, a town famed for its bookshops, the trail follows the River Wye and traverses several hills before passing through the Victorian market town of Kington. The trail then meets with Offa's Dyke itself and runs through attractive woodland and upland pastures. The holiday then ends in the historical border town of Knighton against a dramatic mountain backdrop.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
ODPSBS From Hay-on-Wye to Knighton 3 nights, 2 days walking 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 - South 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 Hay-on-Wye where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Hay-on-Wye to Kington. 14.5 miles (23.5km) / 2234 ft (681 m) ascent

Day 2

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


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
© Contours Walking Holidays Offa's Dyke Short Break - South Section map
Hay-on-Wye to Knighton
29 miles (46 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Spotting Welsh mountain ponies and birdlife atop Hergest Ridge, with fantastic views stretching out in all directions.

Exploring the best-preserved stretch of Offa's Dyke and discovering a variety of historical sites of interest, including Bronydd's 16th Century Baptist Chapel and the Price Monument on Hawthorn hill.

Visiting the quintessentially Welsh town of Kington and enjoying its unique character.

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.

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: 29 miles (46 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14 miles (22.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23.5 km)
Code: ODPSBS Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Hay-on-Wye
End of holiday: Knighton

Route Profile

Offa's Dyke Short Break  - 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, Birmingham and Cardiff.

By Rail

The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Hay-on-Wye) is at Hereford (about 21 miles away). There is a train station at the end of the trail (Knighton).

By Bus

There is a rather infrequent bus service from Hereford to Hay-on-Wye, so a taxi may be a better option in between times. Various bus services run from Knighton.

From London

Trains run from London Paddington & London Euston stations to Hereford. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Hay-on-Wye.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi to Hay-On-Wye.

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.