Self-guided Offa's Dyke Path: North

Self-guided Offa's Dyke Path: North

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Self-guided Offa's Dyke Path: North

7 Days Starting in Llanymynech and ending in Prestatyn LL19, UK

Visiting: Llanymynech Village Hall, Llanymynech, Llwynmawr, Llangollen, Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Bodfari, Prestatyn, Rhuallt

Tour operator:

Adventure Tours UK

Tour code:

ODPN

Guide Type:

Self Guided

Group size:

2 - 8

Physical rating:

Medium, 2 moderate

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Meat, Vegetarians, Please advise requests

Interests:

Photography

Activities:

Hiking, Walking

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Tour Overview

The Offa's Dyke Path is an exquisite historical trail that runs parallel to Britain's longest ancient monument. This monument, commissioned by King Offa in the 8th century, served to demarcate his kingdom of Mercia from rival realms in what is now known as Wales. The northern segment of the Offa's Dyke Path stretches from Welshpool in mid Wales to Prestatyn on the North Wales coast. This particular route traverses the majestic Clwydian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty teeming with historical significance. Along this path, you will encounter a plethora of captivating landmarks, ranging from formidable castles to Iron Age hill forts and Bronze Age burial cairns. Embarking on the Offa's Dyke Path promises an awe-inspiring journey through time and nature. As you tread upon this hallowed ground, you will be enveloped by the breathtaking beauty of the Clwydian Hills, an area renowned for its unspoiled landscapes. Moreover, the path's historical tapestry, woven with remnants of ancient civilizations, will transport you to a bygone era, where kings and kingdoms once vied for supremacy. Beginning your expedition in Welshpool, you will embark on a captivating odyssey that will lead you to the picturesque coastal town of Prestatyn. Along the way, the path will guide you along the spine of the Clwydian Hills, offering panoramic vistas that will leave you in awe. These hills, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are a testament to the splendor of nature, with their rolling green slopes and dramatic peaks. However, the allure of the Offa's Dyke Path extends beyond its natural wonders. This trail is steeped in history, with each step revealing remnants of a rich and vibrant past. As you traverse the Clwydian Hills, you will encounter imposing castles that once stood as symbols of power and fortitude. These architectural marvels, now weathered by time,

Highlights

  • 5 days self-guided hiking with gpx route maps provided

  • 6 nights accommodation in a range of good quality hotels & guesthouses

  • breakfast daily

  • luggage transfers each day

  • handy mobile app to keep every trip detail at your fingertips

  • 24/7 telephone support during your adventure

  • 1 native tree planted in our woodland

Places You'll See

Llangollen

Berwyn Range

Offa's Dyke Path

Llangollen

Berwyn Range

Offa's Dyke Path

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome

Location: Llanymynech Village Hall

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

Arrive in Llanymynech, ready to check into your accommodation at the local pub. Enjoy this small village and a relaxing evening before you begin the final section of this iconic long distance hiking trail.

Day 2 : Llanymynech To Llwynmawr (24Km)

Location: Llanymynech, Llwynmawr

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tuck into breakfast before setting off to begin your journey on the Offa’s Dyke Path. As you leave Llanymynech behind, you’ll pass the Llanymynech Quarry. Mining and quarrying on a small scale were carried out here for more than 2,000 years, right up until the First World War.


Reminders of this ancient industry can be seen in the old stone tramways and a winding house. The old quarries were designated a nature reserve in 1972 and much of it has now regenerated as woodland; ash trees entwined in wild clematis, or old man’s beard, as it is also known, on account of the smoky wreathes of seed-heads that turn bushes and trees white here in autumn.
Take in the spectacular 360-degree view from the summit of Moelydd.

Your overnight stop is in the small village of Llwynmawr in the Ceiriog Valley. Check into your Welsh inn this evening, where your luggage will be waiting, and enjoy a tasty meal before resting your head.

Day 3 : Llwynmawr To Llangollen (20Km)

Location: Llwynmawr, Llangollen

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

After a delicious and hearty breakfast it’s time to continue along Offa’s Dyke Path, crossing the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. This recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site is 38m high, making it the world’s highest navigable aqueduct. Carrying the Llangollen Canal high above the valley of the River Dee, the towering Victorian aqueduct is a testament to the engineering skill of Thomas Telford.

As you near your destination, explore the 12th Century ruins of Castell Dinas Bran, the Welsh castle sitting high above the town of Llangollen. Then it’s time to drop down into the bustling town, situated on the River Dee and with many independent shops to browse and interesting places to visit. Take a stroll along the river on the Victoria Promenade, explore the home and gardens of the famous Ladies of Llangollen at Plas Newydd or simply relax with a beer overlooking the fast flowing water of the River Dee.

Take the evening to relax and give your feet a well-earned rest.

Day 4 : Llangollen To Llanarmon-Yn-Ial (23Km)

Location: Llangollen, Llanarmon-yn-Ial

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Head out from Llangollen up to the dramatic limestone crags of the Eglwysegs. The entire valley has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Landscape of Special Historic Interest. The upland moors have several Bronze Age burial mounds and there is evidence of agricultural use of the area from the Bronze Age.

Cross through the heather-clad moorlands, home to the largest population of Black Grouse in Wales, and continue on through Llandegla Forest, a popular destination for mountain bikers and families.

As you ascend up into the Clwydian range, enjoy the panoramic views from the summit of Moel-y-Plas, before dropping down into the village of Llanarmon-yn-Ial. This small village is home to one of Wales’ first community pubs: the heart of the village and the perfect place to relax this evening.

Day 5 : Llanarmon-Yn-Ial To Bodfari (25Km)

Location: Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Bodfari

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

After taking the opportunity to stock up at the village shop, rejoin Offa’s Dyke Path to continue through the Clwydian Range. This area is steeped in history, witnessed by the many Iron Age and Bronze Age hill forts atop Foel Fenlli, Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau. The tallest hill in this range is Moel Famau, standing at 554 metres and crowned with the remains of the Jubilee Tower, built in 1810 for the Golden Jubilee of King George III.

The heather covering a large portion of the hill creates excellent nesting and feeding areas for upland birds, including the Black Grouse, one of the rarest birds in Wales but found here in good numbers.

Your walk today ends at the small village of Bodfari, from where you will be collected for the short transfer to your family-run hotel in Rhuallt serving traditional home-cooked meals.

Day 6 : Bodfari To Prestatyn (20Km)

Location: Bodfari, Prestatyn

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

A short transfer will return you to Offa’s Dyke Path at Bodfari this morning to pick up where you left off. Soak up the incredible views across to Snowdonia as you leave Bodfari behind and continue over the Clwydian Range. This final section of Offa’s Dyke Path leads you across a series of stone stiles unique to this section of the ancient trail.

Leave the hills behind as you descend into Prestatyn town, headed toward the beach and the tall sculpture that marks the end of the Offa’s Dyke Path national trail. Tradition says this iconic route is complete when you dip your toes into the Irish Sea!

After a short transfer back to your family-run hotel, it’s time to celebrate your achievement of reaching the end of Offa’s Dyke Path!

Day 7 : Depart

Location: Rhuallt

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast it’s time to depart, having completed the final section of the iconic Offa’s Dyke Path national trail.
If you require assistance with onward travel or accommodation to extend your time in Wales, please let us know when you enquire about dates. We’ll be happy to help with any additional arrangements you need.

What's Included

  • 6 nights boutique accommodation

  • Breakfast daily

  • Daily luggage transfers

  • 7 transfers to and from accommodation

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  • International Travel

  • Return transfers

    If you’re travelling by air, rail or ferry – please contact us to discuss your requirements

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  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    This trip is classed as 2 - Moderate. You should have a good level of fitness to take part. Expect to be out walking in hilly terrain for 4 to 6 hours each day

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    All of our accommodation is priced on a shared basis so, as a solo traveller we’ll match you up with a like-minded, same-sex travel partner. You’ll both benefit from avoiding unnecessary single supplement charges and you might just spark up a friendship that lasts beyond the length of your trip. if you do prefer to have your own private room, that can usually be accommodated. If it’s a room for on

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    Typically our groups are between 8 and 15 people. Of course when we’re dealing with specific activities such as mountain biking or hiking, we always work within the recognised guiding ratios. So for example, our mountain bike adventures will never exceed 8 guests in total.

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    Our adventure packages are all aimed at adults aged 18 years or over. This is partly because many activities have height or age restrictions and we found that trying to factor this in when crafting our experiences, limited what we could include. Our aim is to deliver the best of the best in each region, so we weren’t comfortable with compromising the activities we could offer.

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14-Sep-2022

A brilliant weekend in Wales hill running! Was apprehensive as I am the wrong side of 60 but Tim was an excellent coach and full of useful information and tips on techniques and nutrition. The hotel was excellent and the weather played it’s part! I would recommend this trip to others.

Colin Fox  

Had a great weekend in North Wales

11-Oct-2022

Had a great weekend in North Wales very well organised and great running guide in Tim . Food was excellent and weather was fabulous

Lauren  

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I went on the surf/ yoga retreat in wales and it was the most refreshing and adventurous break I’ve had in a long time! We had an amazing host- Sarah who took care of us the whole trip. She was so personable and made us all feel very relaxed! The surf instructor Don was fabulous who took the time to help us battle the waves and the yoga instructor Remi was equally as great. It was a perfect balance of activity/ relaxation. St.David’s is also a lovely little place. The hotel was lovely, especially the breakfast:) I would definitely recommend this trip and will be booking with them again in the future! Thank you so much team!!

Adri Gordon  

I truly enjoyed the Wild Wellness Retreat in North Wales!

29-Jul-2022

I truly enjoyed the Wild Wellness Retreat in North Wales! Sarah and Hariette both worked very hard to make the adventure very memorable. The balance between yoga , Paddle boarding and foraging were perfect. The story telling by Fiona took me back to happy childhood memories. The food was delicious! I truly enjoyed the company of all the glampers and feeling blessed to meet such lovely people. Adventure Tours delivered an oppertunity to relax , experience new things and become one with nature! Big Thanks !

Tracy  

Glorious Welsh trails!

14-Sep-2022

My second private trail running weekend with Adventure Tours. This time we were a group of six. Another brilliant experience of fantastic hill running, great organisation and accommodation. Particular mention for our running guide, Tim for his expertise, support and unfailing patience, with great advice to take home and put into practice. We had a lot of fun on the ups and the downs. Hoping to do it all again next year!

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