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Wye Valley Walk

Wye Valley Walk

A wonderful walk from Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwich along the Anglo-Welsh Border and through Wales.

11 to 14 nights
140 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £1035 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

The full Wye Valley Walk follows the River Wye from sea to source through dramatically varied Welsh and English terrain. Starting from Chepstow, the trail traverses 137 miles (220 km) as it weaves back and forth across the border between England and Wales.

The contrasting scenery found along this walk is complemented perfectly by the engaging, undulating terrain that provides a sense of achievement when looking out from the wonderful viewpoints, which are often found on route to receiving a warm welcome at various friendly towns and villages.

© Contours Walking Holidays Wye Valley Walk map
Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Llangurig
140 miles (224 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Crossing through five counties as you zigzag along the River Wye on the border between England and Wales.

Admiring the majestic red kites swooping and soaring in the skies above Rhayader.

Taking in the sight of the romantic ruin of Tintern Abbey as it emerges on the route past Chepstow.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
WVW1 From Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch 11 nights, 10 days walking Demanding£1035
WVW2 From Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch 12 nights, 11 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1130
WVW3 From Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch 13 nights, 12 days walking Moderate£1225
WVW4 From Chepstow to Rhyd-y-Benwch 14 nights, 13 days walking Moderate£1315

Wye Valley Walk 11 nights, 10 days walking

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

Important information

Your last days 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 Chepstow where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Chepstow to Monmouth. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 2

Monmouth to Ross-on-Wye. 18.5 miles (29.5km)

Day 3

Ross-on-Wye to Hereford. 18 miles (29km)

Day 4

Hereford to Monnington-on-Wye/Byford. 11.5 miles (18.5km)

Day 5

Monnington-on-Wye/Byford to Hay-on-Wye. 11.5 miles (18.5km)

Day 6

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

Day 7

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

Day 8

Builth Wells to Rhayader. 16.5 miles (26.5km)

Day 9

Rhayader to Llangurig. 12 miles (19km)

Day 10

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
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 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?

  • 11 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.

Chepstow, with its wealth of historic buildings including Chepstow Castle, the Gate and Port Wall, Priory Church of St Mary, is another interesting location to spend a rest day.

The border town of Monmouth is another fascinating place for a rest day, with its 13the century bridge over the River Monnow, the Norman church of St Thomas and the ruins of Monmouth Castle.

Ross-on-Wye, located on the River Wye, is a picturesque town with a range of historic buildings, including the ruins of Wilton Castle. There are also a range of shops along the quaint streets.

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: 139.5 miles (223.5 km)
Duration: 11 nights, 10 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18.5 miles (29.5 km)
Code: WVW1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Chepstow
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 Bristol, Birmingham and Rhoose-Cardiff.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Chepstow). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Llanidloes) is at Newtown (Powys) (about 14 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Chepstow. A bus runs from Llanidloes to Newtown Monday to Saturday only. A taxi is the best option on Sundays.

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 bus/taxi from Llanidloes to Newtown (Powys) rail station. From there trains run 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.

Routes on this trail

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Wye Valley Walk - North Section
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Wye Valley Short Break - Circular
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Easy / Moderate
Dog friendly
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"Chepstow Bridge" by Val Ball (2021) "Chepstow Bridge" by Val Ball (2021)
"Tintern Abbey" by Val Ball (2021) "Tintern Abbey" by Val Ball (2021)
"Duke of Beaumont Bridge" by Val Ball (2021) "Duke of Beaumont Bridge" by Val Ball (2021)