shutterstock_780386821 Offa's Dyke nr Hay on Wye

Walking Offa's Dyke Path (South)

9 days
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£1,229
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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
W08OS
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Group size:
1–6
Ages:
12+

Walk the southern part of the Offa's Dyke National Trail from Knighton to Sedbury Cliffs on the Severn Estuary, following the trail of the hand-dug bank and ditch built by King Offa in the 8th century along the English/Welsh border.

Enjoy the landscapes of the Brecon Beacon National Park and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as you walk southwards from Knighton, home to the Offa's Dyke Centre. On your journey you'll ascend the highest part of the trail on the Hatterrall Ridge crossing the Black Mountains and follow riverside trails along the River Wye; explore the 'town of books' Hay-on-Wye and enjoy views to Tintern Abbey from Devil's Pulpit. Discover the historical sites of Monnow Bridge, White Castle and Chepstow Castle and look out for some spectacular birdlife - dippers and kingfishers on the rivers and red grouse on the heather moorland of the Black Mountains.

Highlights

  • Walk the southern section of Offa's Dyke National Trail
  • Reach the highest part of the trail on the Hatterrall Ridge
  • Stay in the market towns of Kington, Hay-on-Wye and Monmouth
  • Delight in the flora and fauna of the Black Mountains and Wye Valley

Key information

  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels, B&B's and inns
  • Breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom

What's included

  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels, inns and B&B's
  • All breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • 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.

7

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 2 22.0km/14.0miles
Day 3 24.0km/15.0miles
Day 4 22.0km/14.0miles
Day 5 14.0km/9.0miles
Day 6 23.0km/14.5miles
Day 7 18.0km/11.5miles
Day 8 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

Knighton
to
Chepstow
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Knighton

    Arrive in Knighton, home of the Offa's Dyke Centre.

  • Day 2

    Knighton to Kington

    Walk across a patchwork of farmland to Hawthorn Hill for far-stretching views, including to 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. Before reaching the market town of Kington cross Kington Golf Club, the highest golf club in England on Brandor Hill.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Kington to Hay-on-Wye

    You reach Hergest Ridge early today with 360 degree views to Pen y Fan to the south, the Malverns to the east and the hills of Shropshire to the north and which served as inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles. On the ridge is a Victorian racecourse which you walk through the centre of. Continue on across farmland and down into the valley. The final stretch is along the River Wye to the 'town of books' Hay-on-Wye.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Hay-on-Wye to Longtown

    Pick up lunch supplies (and books!) in Hay-on-Wye and head out of town to climb gently to the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Look out for wild ponies and birds of prey and admire views to the Vale of Eywas. Descend to Longtown where you can visit the ruins of its 12th century Norman castle.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Longtown to Llangattock Lingoed

    Continue with a climb back up into the Black Mountains and cross the highest point along the Offa's Dyke Path at Hatterrall Ridge - enjoy stunning views to Sugar Loaf and look out for paragliders! Wind your way through farmland to the tiny village of Llangattock Lingoed and its pretty white church.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Llangattock Lingoed to Monmouth

    The dyke is no longer visible on this section but there is a wealth of history with White Castle, part of a trio of Norman fortresses in Monmouthshire and Monnow Bridge, a 13th century gatehouse bridge in Monmouth itself.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Monmouth to Tintern

    Over the next two days you'll walk in the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you'll be walking through ancient woodland for much of the day. The trail rises first to The Kymin, an 18th Century Round House and Naval Temple and at Redbrook the trail crosses the border out of Wales for the final time. Follow the River Wye to Tintern and perhaps visit the vineyard opposite your accommodation.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Tintern to Chepstow

    Start the day with a visit to Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks. The route takes you up a tree lined limestone escarpment to Devil's Pulpit offering stunning views down to the Abbey and then continues through woodland before passing Chepstow and arriving at the end of the Trail at Sedbury cliff on the Severn Estuary. A short transfer takes you to Chepstow for your last night and a chance to visit Chepstow Castle, the oldest surviving post Roman fortification in Britain.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Leave Chepstow

    Depart from 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.

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All Breakfasts and 1 evening meal 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: 20km (12.5miles)
No. of days walking: 7
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 Brecon Beacons (days 4-6).
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

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.

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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]

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