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.
Climb hills and descend valleys, winding back and forth across the Welsh - English border
Walk the northern half of this 8th Century ancient monument
Two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Clwydian Range and the Shropshire Hills
Discover limestone quarries, heather-clad ridges and Iron Age hillforts
Arrive in this small village 6 miles south of the trailhead at Prestatyn.
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.
Rhuallt (Bodfari) to Llanarmon-Yn-Lal
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.
Llanarmon-Yn-Lal to Llangollen
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.
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.
Llywnmawr to Llanymynech
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.
Llanymynech to Buttington
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!
Buttington to Pentreheyling
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.
Pentreheyling to Knighton
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.
Depart Knighton after breakfast
Route directions and maps
7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3 and 4 hotels
9 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 3 dinners.
Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
Luggage transfers between hotels
What's Not Included
Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
All Breakfasts and 3 evening meals are included.
Try out traditional local country pubs for lunch or enjoy a picnic in the
Sample local cuisine such as cawl, Welsh rarebit, laverbread, Welsh cakes,
bara birth and the Glamorgan sausage. These dishes are regarded as symbols of
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