Walking Offa's Dyke Path

Start: Rhuallt Finish: Knighton

Visiting: United Kingdom, Wales


Duration: 9 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Tour code: W09OF

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 1 - 6

Age range: 12 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1794

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Tour Overview

Offa's Dyke path runs for 177 miles from the North Wales coast at Prestatyn to Chepstow on the Severn Estuary. The route, a National Trail since 1971 follows a wide border rampart, built by Offa, the King of Mercia, in the 8th century to protect his kingdom from his rivals in what is now Wales. The trail passes through eight counties. Our walk covers the Northern section of the trail from Prestatyn to Knighton and goes through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Clwydian Range and the Shropshire Hills. Walking southwards pass through the highest of the Clwydian Hills, Moel Famau the tallest at 554m is crowned with the remains of the Jubilee Tower and has views to Snowdonia and the Mersey estuary and Liverpool. Walk on heather clad hills and past Iron Age forts, before descending to World's End and arriving at the riverside town of Llangollen. Cross the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, after which the route then follows more closely the Welsh/English border, crossing several times on the way to Knighton. Accommodation is in a mix of friendly guesthouses, pubs and hotels, some of which are off the main route of the Offa's Dyke Path.

Highlights

  • iconClimb hills and descend valleys, winding back and forth across the Welsh - English border
  • iconWalk the northern half of this 8th Century ancient monument
  • iconTwo Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Clwydian Range and the Shropshire Hills
  • iconDiscover limestone quarries, heather-clad ridges and Iron Age hillforts

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Arrive in Rhuallt

Meals: dinner

Arrive in this small village 6 miles south of the trailhead at Prestatyn.

icon Day 2 : Prestatyn to Bodfari (Rhuallt)

Meals: breakfast, dinner

A short transfer takes you to the trailhead to walk the first section. From Prestatyn Beach head into the Clwydian Range, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, crossing a series of stone stiles that are unique to this section of the trail. Enjoy spectacular views across to Snowdonia as you head toward Bodfari. Return transfer to Rhuallt.

icon Day 3 : Rhuallt (Bodfari) to Llanarmon-Yn-Lal

Meals: breakfast

Take a short transfer back to the route at Bodfari. Discover the higher Clwydian peaks, including Moel Famau, the tallest at 554m and crowned with the remains of the Jubilee Tower. Enjoy a series of Iron and Bronze Age hillforts at Foel Fenlli, Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau. Leave the trail to arrive in Llanarmon-yn-Ial.

icon Day 4 : Llanarmon-Yn-Lal to Llangollen

Meals: breakfast

Head through Llandegla Forest and over heather-clad moorland, home to the largest Black Grouse population in Wales. Pass through World's End to finally reach the dramatic limestone crags of the Eglwysegs as you near Llangollen.

icon Day 5 : Llangollen to Llwynmawr

Meals: breakfast, dinner

At 38m high, Pontcysllte Aqueduct is the world's highest navigable aqueduct and has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009. Cross this feat of engineering on your way to Llwynmawr.

icon Day 6 : Llywnmawr to Llanymynech

Meals: breakfast

Enjoy stunning 360 degree views from the summit of Moelydd and discover the mining area of Nantmawr, before entering the previously busy limestone quarry of Llwynmawr Quarry.

icon Day 7 : Llanymynech to Buttington

Meals: breakfast

This almost flat stage follows stretches of the Montgomeryshire Canal and the River Severn. Llanymynech high street sits right on the Welsh-English border, dividing this small town between two nations!

icon Day 8 : Buttington to Pentreheyling

Meals: breakfast

Another relatively flat stage, the Trail and the Dyke itself follow the true national boundary closely here. A detour to Montgomery town is well worth it if you have the time.

icon Day 9 : Pentreheyling to Knighton

Meals: breakfast

Often thought of as one of the toughest sections of the Trail, what a way to end your trip. Discover the Shropshire Hills AONB and some of the best preserved sections of Offa's Dyke on Llanfair Hill.

icon Day 10 : Leave Knighton

Meals: breakfast

Depart Knighton after breakfast

What's Included

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    Walking transfers

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    Route directions and maps 

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    All breakfasts

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    Map case

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    7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3 and 4 hotels

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    Meals

    9 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 3 dinners.

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    Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

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    Luggage transfers between hotels 

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance

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    Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)

Food

All Breakfasts and 3 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.

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    Low Deposit

    Exodus requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 70 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

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