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Walking Offa’s Dyke Path (North)

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Walk the northern half of this 8th Century ancient monument from Prestatyn to Knighton on a 9 night trip along the Welsh/English border. You’ll walk in two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Clwydian Range and the Shropshire Hills, through a landscape of limestone quarries, heather-clad ridges and Iron Age hillforts.

  • Reviews 2 Reviews
    4/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Moderate plus
    6/8
All about the Walking Offa’s Dyke Path (North).

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.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 2, 3 and 4 * hotels and B&B’s
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Map case
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Travel insurance
  • Room upgrades (inquire for availability and prices)
  • Single accommodation (available on request – compulsory supplement)

Highlights

  • Walk the northern half of this 8th Century ancient monument
  • Discover limestone quarries, heather-clad ridges and Iron Age hillforts
  • Climb hills and descend valleys, winding back and forth across the Welsh – English border
  • Two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Clwydian Range and the Shropshire Hills
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Rhuallt

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

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Prestatyn to Bodfari (Rhuallt) 20km/12.5mi

    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.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Rhuallt (Bodfari) to Llanarmon-yn-lal 24km/15mi

    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.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Llanarmon-yn-lal to Llangollen 23km/14.5mi

    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.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Llangollen to Llwynmawr 20km/12.5mi

    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.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: LLwynmawr to Llanymynech 24km/15mi

    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.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Llanymynech to Buttington 16km/10mi

    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!

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Buttington to Pentreheyling 23km/14.5mi

    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.

  9. Day 9 Day 9: Pentreheyling to Knighton 25km/16mi

    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.

  10. Day 10 Day 10: Leave Knighton

    Depart after breakfast

Where you stay
The White House
The White House is a family-run bed and breakfast, located in Rhuallt, North Wales. The rooms are comfortable and modern.
The Raven
The Raven Inn is situated in one of the few remaining villages in the area which still has a church, chapel, shop, school, and pub, as well as a beautifully renovated Old School Room which is used as a Community Hall. The newly refurbished rooms are comfortable and well equipped.
The Riverbanc
The Riverbanc is perfectly located in the centre of the small town of Llangollen which is steeped in myth and legend. It is also best known for hosting the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod every July. The rooms are modern and comfortable.
The Mulberry Inn
The Mulberry Inn in the quiet setting of Llwynmawr village in the beautiful Ceiriog Valley. The rooms in this delightful country inn are modern and Individually furnished.
The Cross Keys Inn
The Cross Keys is a Georgian grade II listed building situated in the village of Llanymynech, which straddles the border of Shropshire, England and Powys, Wales. Independently run, a warm and friendly welcome await all guests.
Moors Farm
Traditional Farm House Accommodation once the principal farm house of Powis Castle. Now privately owned but still farming. It has a lot of character, including exposed beams and log-burning fires and provide spacious accommodation.
Oakley B+B
Oakley is a modern property providing high quality bed and breakfast accommodation set in a beautiful rural location with stunning views over the hills and mountains of the Welsh Marches. The Bed and breakfast is situated on the border of England and Wales four miles from the picturesque market towns of Bishops Castle and Montgomery. Both towns have a choice of tea rooms, restaurants and pubs, with their own microbreweries.
The Red Lion Inn
A relaxed and contemporary B+B set among the rolling hills of the Welsh Marches. There are four spacious rooms that provide a comfortable base from which to explore the delights of Knighton and the Marches. Named after the Princes of Powys and Wales the individually decorated, ensuite rooms combine a traditional atmosphere with contemporary comfort in which to unwind.

Walking Conditions

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 22km (13.5miles)
No. of days walking: 8
Terrain and route: Walks on this holiday are mainly on gentle up and down tracks. There is one tough section on the final day of walking in the Shropshire Hills.
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 maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organized 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.

This is a self-guided tour, as such there will be no group or tour leader and you are free to complete the walks at your own pace. 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” traveler on a particular departure there is also a solo traveler supplement.

Overall Rating
4/5
Reviewed On 02/09/2021
5/5

Mr DAFFARN

Although this trip is advertised as self guided it isn't really as the Headwater App was so good that is was impossible to get even a foot off the proper route! So no chance of getting lost! Our first experience of using a walking GPS app and we found it very reassuring and made the whole experience very comfortable. Accommodation throughout the walk was excellent. With the current situation in the UK, people need to be advised to pre book evening meals as many restaurants may be fully booked on certain days.

Reviewed On 05/08/2021
3/5

Mr BROWNSCOMBE

This is a challenging walk, some days are extremely demanding with long days 6-7+ hours walking. Since our trip happened to coincide exactly with an unprecedented heatwave in July we did find it necessary to shorten the routes on some days. Claire, the local representative, was helpful with arrangements to do this. She also had to deal with changing our first hotel at very short notice because of a sudden Covid related closure. Aspects of the Covid restrictions did affect the whole trip but it was good to be away.

We climbed many hills, saw wonderful views and there were few other people about.

The accommodation is of varying standard but the Mulberry Inn and Moors Farm were highlights.

The directions provided were good and the Headwater App kept us on track but it does use a lot of power and a battery pack back-up was essential. The trail itself is generally well-signed but it is often necessary leave it to reach the accommodation and we would have liked to have OS maps provided

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