Wye Valley Walk - North Section

Wye Valley Walk - North Section

An enticing walk from Hay-on-Wye to Rhyd-y-Benwch through the wild Cambrian Mountains.

6 to 7 nights
63 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £620 per person

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About this route

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.

© 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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
WVWN1 From Hay-on-Wye to Rhyd-y-Benwch 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£620
WVWN2 From Hay-on-Wye to Rhyd-y-Benwch 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate£725

Wye Valley Walk - North Section 6 nights, 5 days walking

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

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.


Travel to Hay-on-Wye where your first night's accommodation has been 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. 12 miles (19km)

Day 5

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


Depart from Llangurig 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
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

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

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

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

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 Rhoose-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 Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday. 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 lengthly.

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.

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