Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Scotland

Walking Offa's Dyke Path (North to South)

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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
W17OF
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Group size:
1–6
Ages:
12+

The Offa's Dyke National Trail runs for 177 miles from the North Wales coast at Prestatyn to Chepstow on the Severn Estuary, following the hand-dug bank and ditch built in the 8th century by command of King Offa, the ancient Anglo-Saxon King of Mercia to protect his kingdom. The full trail passes through eight counties and criss-crosses the Welsh-English border no fewer than 20 times.

Walking southwards enjoy the changing landscape from the dramatic heather clad uplands of the Clwydian Range and Black Mountains, to the peaceful rolling hills of Shropshire and Powys and the riverside meadows of the Wye and Severn valleys as you walk through three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Along the way you'll pass through areas of Site of Special Scientific Interest and discover a rich history from Iron Age forts, to Norman castles and to more recent areas of industrial heritage.

Highlights

  • Walk the full length of Offa's Dyke National Trail
  • Discover Norman castles, medieval abbeys and Iron Age hillforts
  • Pass through eight counties and cross the border between England and Wales over 20 times
  • Three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Clwydian Range, the Shropshire Hills and the Wye Valley

Key information

  • 17 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels, B&B's and inns
  • Breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom

What's included

  • 17 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels, inns and B&B's
  • All breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Walking transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
  • Solo traveller supplement (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

15

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 2 20.0km/12.5miles
Day 3 24.0km/15.0miles
Day 4 23.0km/14.5miles
Day 5 20.0km/12.5miles
Day 6 24.0km/15.0miles
Day 7 16.0km/10.0miles
Day 8 23.0km/14.5miles
Day 9 25.0km/16.0miles
Day 11 22.0km/14.0miles
Day 12 24.0km/15.0miles
Day 13 22.0km/14.0miles
Day 14 14.0km/9.0miles
Day 15 23.0km/14.5miles
Day 16 18.0km/11.5miles
Day 17 15.0km/9.5miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

On this trip in North Wales, the accommodation we use provides vital jobs to locals and uses locally sourced ingredients where possible to minimise the carbon footprint. Also the Manorhaus hotels in Ruthin and Llangollen keep single use plastics to a minimum in their hotels, plus all toiletries within the rooms are handmade locally from natural ingredients and provided in refillable containers. The West Arms pride themselves on working with very local food producers, so the meals in their excellent restaurant have a very low carbon footprint and are often organic.

Our local agent works with a carbon offset project (Forest Carbon) to create new native woodland within the UK, so all of their trips have some form of carbon offset (whilst recognising it's not a solution, they believe it's a positive step while they work on carbon reduction).

Itinerary

Rhuallt
to
Chepstow
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Rhuallt

    Arrive in the small village of Rhuallt, near the start of the trailhead at Prestatyn.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Prestatyn to Bodfari (Rhuallt)

    After a short transfer to Prestatyn start your journey along the trail. From the beach head into the first of three AONB's you'll discover; the Clwydian Range. The stone stiles you'll go over today are unique to this section of the trail. There are spectacular views across to Snowdonia as you head toward Bodfari where you will be collected for a transfer to Rhuallt.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Rhuallt (Bodfari) to Llanarmon-Yn-Lal

    The day starts with a transfer back to the route at Bodfari. You'll walk the Clwydian peaks and discover a series of Iron and Bronze Age hillforts at Foel Fenlli, Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau. The tallest summit in the range is Moel Famau at 554m and is crowned with the remains of the Jubilee Tower. Leave the trail to arrive in Llanarmon-yn-Ial.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Llanarmon-Yn-Lal to Llangollen

    Today your walk takes you through Llandegla Forest and over heather-clad moorland. You'll then pass through World's End to reach the dramatic limestone crags of the Eglwysegs above Llangollen.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Llangollen to Llwynmawr

    From Llangollen walk up to the remains of the medieval Castell Dinas Bran before reaching the Pontcysllte Aqueduct. Built in 1805 and now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site it is the world's highest navigable aqueduct. Continue on through rolling farmland to Llwynmawr, perhaps taking a small detour to visit Chirk Castle.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Llywnmawr to Llanymynech

    Walk across open farmland to reach Oswestry Old Racecourse, used for horse races in the 18th Century. Ascend Moelydd to enjoy stunning views, with a toposcope provided to show the hills in the area. Discover some of the industrial heritage of the area at Nantmawr and the limestone quarry of Llanymynech.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Llanymynech to Buttington

    A more gentle day today as you enter the Welsh Marches and walk along stretches of the Montgomeryshire Canal and the River Severn.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Buttington to Pentreheyling

    Today is another relatively flat stage, allowing time for a detour to Montgomery town to get refreshments and visit the ruined castle above the town. The Trail and the Dyke itself closely follow the true national boundary here.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Pentreheyling to Knighton

    Often thought of as one of the toughest sections of the Trail you reach the Shropshire Hills AONB and can view some of the best preserved sections of Offa's Dyke on Llanfair Hill.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    At Knighton

    Enjoy a day off walking and spend time in Knighton, home to the Offa's Dyke Centre.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Knighton to Kington

    Today you'll get stunning views from Hawthorn Hill, including the site of Owain Glyndwr's Battle of Pilleth. The trail passes through Granner Wood, a Woodland Trust site which is being restored to broadleaf woodland. Then, on to Brandor Hill, home to Kington Golf Club, the highest golf club in England before reaching the market town of Kington.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Kington to Hay-on-Wye

    The day starts with a climb to where the Trail rises to 400m at Hergest Ridge. On a clear day you'll have 360 degree views to Pen y Fan to the south, the Malverns to the east and the hills of Shropshire to the north. Hergest Ridge has an old racecourse, and was also inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles. Heading back down to the valley you'll follow the River Wye towards Hay-on-Wye. This quaint town was founded by the Normans after the Conquest and is nowadays famous for its numerous book shops. There is a choice of pubs and restaurants in which to spend the evening.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Hay-on-Wye to Longtown

    Start your journey through the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park with views to the Vale of Eywas before reaching Longtown with its 12th century Norman motte-and-bailey fortification.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Longtown to Llangattock Lingoed

    Continue through the Brecon Beacons National Park and along Hatterrall Ridge - enjoy stunning views to Sugar Loaf. Much of the ridge is a designated SSSI area.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Llangattock Lingoed to Monmouth

    The dyke is not visible along here but the area is rich with medieval history with White Castle worth a visit. The Rivers Wye, Monnow and Trothy converge at Monmouth and the trail passes below Monnow Bridge, the only remaining medieval fortified bridge in Great Britain.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Monmouth to Tintern

    Over the next two days you'll walk through the third and final Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of this holiday, the Wye Valley. Enjoy views from The Kymin, an 18th Century Round House and Naval Temple. At Redbrook the trail crosses the border out of Wales for the final time.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 17

    Tintern to Chepstow

    A short detour off the route at the start of the day takes you to the ruins of Tintern Abbey, then follow a tree lined escarpment to Devil's Pulpit for a spectacular view back to the Abbey. As you near Chepstow, you'll have views of the Castle, the oldest surviving post Roman fortification in Britain. Arrive at Sedbury cliff at the Severn estuary, a Maritime Natural Area which has the second highest tidal range in the world thanks to its shape and the 5 rivers that feed into it. A transfer will meet you for the short ride to Chepstow for your last night.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 18

    Leave Chepstow

    Depart Chepstow after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All Breakfasts and 4 evening meals are included.

Try out traditional local country pubs for lunch or enjoy a picnic in the countryside. 
Sample local cuisine such as cawl, Welsh rarebit, laverbread, Welsh cakes, bara birth and the Glamorgan sausage. These dishes are regarded as symbols of Welsh food.

Weather

Summers in Wales tend to be slightly cooler than you might expect and winters can be milder, especially on the coast, while higher, upland areas have more chance of harsher (and colder) weather conditions. The warmest months to visit are from June through to August, although temperatures start to warm up around April and remain pleasant until October time. We advise you take waterproofs as rain / showers can occur at any time of year.

Is this trip for you?

Walking Conditions

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
Average daily distance: 21km (13miles)
No. of days walking: 15
Terrain and route: Walks on this holiday are mainly on well-marked, gently undulating paths and tracks. The toughest sections of walking are in the Shropshire Hills (day 9) and the Brecon Beacons (days 12-14).
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with route directions so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

Transfers will be used to get you to the start of some walks.

It is important that you are happy following route directions, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes directions contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

We have suggested that 8yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you.

For those wanting to travel on their own there is a single supplement for the accommodation and where there is only one "solo" traveller on a particular departure there is also a solo traveller supplement.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

Accommodation is in a mix of friendly hotels, inns and guesthouses, some of which are off the main route of the Offa's Dyke Path.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]dus.co.uk

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