Wye Valley Walk

Wye Valley Walk

A self-guided walk along the Anglo-Welsh Border and through Wales, from Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch.

3 to 14 nights
23-140 miles
Easy / Moderate to Strenuous

From £355 per person

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About the trail

Follow the River Wye along the Anglo-Welsh border and across to the river’s source in Mid-Wales on a walk full of contrasts, from deep limestone gorges capped with ancient woodland to the water meadows and apple orchards of Herefordshire.

Some steep, rocky sections may provide a mild challenge, but the walk keeps primarily to easy pathways through gently undulating countryside. The Wye Valley Walk is an intensely green and enjoyable venture that walkers of all interests will enjoy.

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.

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  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Wye Valley Walk
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Wye Valley Walk - South Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Wye Valley Walk - North Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Wye Valley Short Break - Circular
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Wye Valley Short Break - South 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

6 to 7 nights
63 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £720 per person

Wye Valley Walk - North Section

Winding valleys and the wild Cambrian Mountains saturate this half of the Wye Valley Walk with spectacular scenery. It’s the perfect trail for anyone more interested in the open moorland of Mid-Wales, where red kites might be spotted wheeling overhead, or the lush farmland and rugged hills on the way to Llangurig.

The route’s crowning glory is its end point at Plynlimon, the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains and the source of the Wye river. Here, you’ll spy the five heads of Plynlimon and see out across Wales all the way to the coastline on a clear day.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
WVWN1 From Hay-on-Wye to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding £720
WVWN2 From Hay-on-Wye to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate £820

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
WVSB1 A circular trail beginning at Chepstow 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding £355
WVSB2 A circular trail beginning at Chepstow 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £475
WVSB3 A circular trail beginning at Chepstow 6 nights, 5 days walking Easy / Moderate £700

Wye Valley Walk - North 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

Your last day's walk along the Wye Valley Walk begins at the Rhyd-y-benwch car park in the middle of Hafren Forest, close to the source of the River Wye. The route will head along the river south back to Llangurig.

 

Start

Travel to Hay-on-Wye where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Hay-on-Wye to Boughrood(L). 8.5 miles (13.5km)

Day 2

Boughrood(L) to Builth Wells. 13 miles (21km)

Day 3

Builth Wells to Rhayader. 16.5 miles (26.5km)

Day 4

Rhayader to Llangurig(L). 12 miles (19km)

Day 5

Llangurig(L) to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest. 12.5 miles (20km)
Transport is provided from Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest to your accommodation in Llangurig(L)

Finish

Depart from Llangurig(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
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Wye Valley Walk - North Section map
Hay-on-Wye to Rhyd-y-benwch/Llangurig
63 miles (100 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Following the River Wye from Hay-on-Wye, through the Cambrian Mountains and to its source on Plynlimon.

Watching the fantastic red kites glide majestically through the skies of Mid Wales.

Exploring the many second hand and antiquarian bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.

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

Taking an extra night can be the perfect way to extend your holiday. Whether you spend your time exploring the area, visiting its attractions of simply resting your legs, an extra day can give you more time to cherish your surroundings.

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.

The historic market town of Rhayader is a good choice for a rest day. Set in the beautiful Elan Valley, there are a range of local walking routes to discover along with a range of historic buildings. For wildlife lovers, a visit to the Gigrin Farm Red Kite Centre is a must. From here, you can see the majestic Red Kite come down to feed.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 62.5 miles (100 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Code: WVWN1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Hay-on-Wye
End of holiday: Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest

Route Profile

Wye Valley Walk - 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 most convenient major city and international airports are Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Hay-on-Wye) is at Hereford (about 21 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Llangurig) is at Caersws (about 13 miles away), although Newtown (Powys) (about 20 miles away), may work out better for some journeys.

By Bus - Buses run to Hay-on-Wye from Hereford, although this is a rather infrequent service, so a taxi may be a better option. There is a bus service from Llangurig to Caersws and Newtown Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday.

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

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from LLangurig to Hay-on-Wye, as public transport options are very lengthy.

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 Wye Valley Walk - North Section

“Lovely walk in general!”
Mrs Zwart, Netherlands
“We had one very wet day and a couple of showers on two others, otherwise the walking was very good even though some paths should have been better maintained.”
Mr Welch, UK
“This was my fifth Contours holiday. We were pleased with the arrangements.”
Mr Dick, UK
“Amazing!”
Mr Hoogendoorn, Netherlands
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