Offa's Dyke Path South9 Days & 8 Nights
- Walk the southern section of the Offa's Dyke Path, a classic National Trail
- Unspoiled landscapes of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park
- An ancient earthwork built by King Offa which marks the Welsh-English border
- Hillforts, norman castles, ruined monasteries that weave a rich historical tapestry
- Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, such as the Wye Valley
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Personal Growth
- Historical Journeys
- National Parks & Trails
- Most Popular
Grade & Terrain
The Offa's Dyke Path passes through such a vast amount of varying landscapes, rolling hills, escarpments, ridges, countryside, canal towpath's, wooded areas, riverside trails and moors. There will be long quite remote stretches, especially in the Welsh Marches. You will find that whilst there are not areas of very steep climbs that the accumulation of elevation gain and loss may prove tiring on some days. The most challenging parts will be the sections in the Black Mountains and the Vale of Clwyd.
The grade of your walk will depend on which itinerary you choose to do. The 20 day itinerary is the easiest simply because the daily distances are not too challenging. In contrast to this is the 14 day itinerary where on most days you will be walking between 20 and 30km and occasionally more than this.
You will be walking on a combination of terrain. The majority of the walking however will be on dedicated countryside trails. Sometimes you will walk on paths that are rooty and uneven and at other times they will be smooth. Canal towpaths are generally dirt trails but sometimes tarmacked. "Green Trails" will be part of the way too, so small roads usually with grass in the middle.
The Offa's Dyke Path is well waymarked and should be relatively easy to follow most of the time. Navigation is also straightforward as you can use the Macs Adventure Smartphone App which has maps and the GPS tracks. Simply download the GPS tracks for offline use and follow the route on your phone with the assurance that navigation on this tour will be made simple and you cannot get lost. You will find more information on downloading the app in your Macs Adventure Account.
We will provide a guidebook, which you can also refer to.
You will experience a wide variety of accommodations, from simple B&B's to small hotels. However, wherever you stay, you will be well looked after and warmly welcomed. Because some of the areas on this route are very remote, we have specifically designed the itinerary to provide you with the best accommodations available. As a result of this, on occasion, some overnight stops are off the trail. These distances off the trail can be anything between 1-5km, but we have calculated the daily distances with this in mind. So, for example, when you walk to Llangollen, which is off the trail, the distance from Ruthin or Llandegla, which is where you will be walking from, is incorporated. By arranging the distance walked this way, there will be no surprises with extended walks to the accommodations. Please bear in mind that as a result of this the distances in the guidebook will vary from what you will find on our itineraries.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.
We welcome solo walkers on the Offa's Dyke, although you should, of course, take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo and you must have the ability to read a map and compass.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Most guesthouses and B&B’s offer a cooked breakfast, which should keep you going for the day.
Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.
- Overnights in B&B's, guest houses, small hotels
- Luggage Transfers
- Detailed Information Pack, guidebook and maps
- GPX tracks and access to our GPS Macs Adventure smartphone app
- 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
- Travel Insurance (required)
- Travel to Knighton
- Travel from Chepstow
- Lunches, dinners, snacks & drinks
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
- Personal Equipment
- Additional Nights, before, during or after the walk
When To Go
This walking tour can be booked between March and October, although most people choose to walk from April onwards as the weather can be quite cool and unpredicable in March. If you have walked in the UK before however, you will know that anytime of year can be unpredictable, so you should always be prepared with the right gear. Autumn can be a great time to walk as the path will not have as many people walking on it as the summer months. Spring and early summer are best times to see the flora along the way.
Weather and Climate
During the early Spring and late Autumn there is the potential of light snow cover in the Black Mountains, Clwydian Hills and in other areas on higher ground. At these times of year please come prepared for this.
Getting to the Start
When travelling to the beginning of your tour you can reach Knighton by rail as it has a train station. The closest large hub to Knighton is Birmingham which you can reach in approximately 2H. Please check the National Rail website for more details.
The closest airport to Knighton is Cardiff. You can fly from Cardiff to most UK locations. You can also fly from any of the London airports which are accessible by train.
Getting from the End
When travelling home after your tour you can get from Chepstow by train. To London journey time is 2H30, to Cardiff 45 minutes and Manchester in 4H. These are all approximate times depending on the scheduling and how many changes there are. Please check the National Rail website for more details.
The closest airport to Chepstow is Cardiff. You can fly from Cardiff to most UK locations. You can also fly from any of the London airports which are accessible by train.
If you have parked your car in Prestatyn you can return there by train. The journey time is approximately 4H with about 2 changes, probably in Newport and Crewe.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen etc. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walk boots, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a daypack.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
This walking tour can be booked between March and October, although most people choose to walk from April onwards as the weather can be quite cool and unpredicable in March. If you have walked in the Uk before however, you will know that anytime of year can be unpredictable, so you should always be prepared with the right gear. Autumn can be a great time to walk as the path will not have as many people walking on it as the summer months. Spring and early summer are best times to see the flora along the way.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Knighton and Overnight
Arrive in Knighton to embark on the southern section of the Offa's Dyke Path. Knighton is accessible by train as it has a railway station. The closest large hub is Birmingham and the train ride there is approximately 2H.
Knighton is home to the Offa's Dyke Centre and is spelt Tref Y Clawdd in Welsh, which means ’the town on the dyke’.
A relaxed and contemporary B&B set among the rolling hills of the Welsh Marches. Our four spacious rooms provide a comfortable base from which to explore the delights of Knighton and the Marches.
A little pocket of the Olde Worlde still survives here at the Castle Inn where a warm welcome awaits you and our friendly staff will always endeavour to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. You can enjoy the peace and quite, the fresh air, quality home cooked food, all locally sourced wherever possible. Not forgetting our guest rooms are seperate from the main pub area ensuring a good nights sleep.
The Welsh Marches are at their finest today and there are wide-ranging views, all magnificent. The walk is varied and starts off walking atop the Hawthorn and Furrow hills with open views across the surrounding countryside. A steep forested slope hides the massive hillfort of Burfa Bank but you pass Burfa Bog a low-lying piece of grassland which attracts lovely butterflies. Reach the common at Bradnor Green and and cross Kington Golf Course, supposedly the highest course in in England, because you are now in England and not Wales!
Elevation Gain/Loss: +645m/-670m
Kick-off your boots and relax in the communal lounge or by the fire as Ali welcomes you with a hot drink and treats. Cosy rooms with a super comfortable bed for a restful nights sleep. Recharge your batteries in the morning with a healthy breakfast and enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere and quirky interior (circa 1700), before heading back out on the trail again.
Church House is a beautiful Georgian town house with a spacious garden in the old part of Kington, a quiet and ancient market town in the lovely rolling hills of west Herefordshire, just 2 miles from the Welsh border. The house faces south-east, and all the rooms have fine views over the garden. The house is largely furnished with furniture in keeping with the house’s 18th century character.
The next part of the trail sends you on a traverse over Hergest Ridge where animals graze wild and you are afforded spectacular views over the Black Mountains and Shropshire Hills. This part of the Offa's Dyke Path is classed as one of the finest. Then as you approach your overnight destination there is easy riverside walking and you can spot Castle Clifford above the River Wye.
Reaching the town of Hay-on Wye which was founded by the Normans after the Conquest, you will be delighted by its quaint and charming streets. It is famous for its numerous book shops and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants in which to spend the evening.
Elevation Gain/Loss: +510m/-580m
Situated right in the heart of Hay on Wye, this property is a Grade 2 listed house and was The Old Post Office many years ago. Guest rooms are individually styled rooms, all ensuite and all with a unique look and feel. All rooms have crisp bedlinen, fluffy towels, TVs with DVD player, homemade biscuits and lovely local toiletries. Breakfast is all locally sourced from our fantastic butchers and bakers. There is wifi available throughout the house, a laundry service on request and a licensed bar.
Elmsleigh is situated in Thirty Acres, Cusop, a pleasant stroll from the characterful book town of Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh/English border. Located in an area of outstanding beauty, Elmsleigh is moments from the Offa's Dyke Path and the Wye Valley Walk and conveniently situated for the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Today you begin crossing the Black Mountains, a sublime range in the Brecon Beacon National Park. The climb up to Hatterall Ridge, the highest point on the trail but surprisingly easy with its gentle ascent. You are rewarded with some of the best views on a clear day. The open moorland gives a real sense of space and freedom.Today you begin crossing the Black Mountains, a sublime range in the Brecon Beacon National Park. Drop down from the ridge to spend the night in Llanthony where there are the ruins of the an Augustian monastery in a tranquil yet dramatic setting surrounded by the mountains and in the Vale of Ewyas.
Tonight there is the possbility that your accommodation will be in Longtown, rather than Llanthony, but the distances are virtually the same.
Elevation Gain/Loss: +610m/-495m
They have now been at the pub for several years and with the amazing support of everyone, The Crown Inn is once more the central meeting place for the local populace. They pride themselves on being able to cater to everyone's needs and on having close links with local groups such as The Young Farmers Club and our local school. They have seven rooms available upstairs from the Crown Inn pub which is accessible via a separate private entrance outside which is accessible 24 hours. All the rooms have en suite bathroom/shower, tea/coffee making facilities & TV with all linen & towels provided. Free wi-fi.
After a sustaining breakfast make your way back up to the ridge. The village of Pandy consists of just a few cottages and farms but if particular interest is Cwm Farm, a cider house built in 1754 which is virtually unchanged but which has also been completely restored to its former glory with a cider press and mill.
Your overnight is in Llangattock Lingoed (quite a mouthful!) a village with a distinctive white-washed church.
If there is no available accommodation in Llangattock Lingoed you will stay overnight in Pandy or Llanvihangel Crucorny. You can walk to your accommodations from the trail, so the walk today will be shorter, and the walk tomorrow will be longer.
Elevation Gain/Loss: +450m/-510m
Paul and Karen welcome you to The Old Rectory, a 17th-century property which stands in an acre of garden, in the unspoilt rural hamlet of Llangattock-Lingoed nestling in the welsh border countryside.
A warm Welsh Welcome awaits you at Penyclawdd Farm and a full Welsh breakfast to set you up for the day. Penyclawdd Farm is situated in Llanvihangel Crucorney within the foothills of the Black Mountains. Rooms are equipped with en-suite facilities, TVs, and tea making facilities. The farmhouse has excellent laid out gardens ideal for guests to relax during their stay.
The path then continues through farmlands with patchwork fields, wide hedgerows and apple orchards, passing through pretty small villages towards the Wye Valley. The riverside town of Monmouth in the heart of the this valley is delightful with its 13th century fortified bridge and small museums.
If you have spent the night in Pandy or Llanvihangel Crucorny the walking distance will be longer today than listed.
Elevation Gain/Loss: +245m/-390m
Ebberley House is situated in the historic town of Monmouth and has been successfully run as a guest house for many years. It has two comfortable en-suite guest bedrooms. Each bedroom is tastefully furnished, non-smoking and has colour tv, a hairdryer and a hospitality tray. There is also free Wi-Fi. The house is situated in a pretty square just a 5 minute walk from the town centre. A delicious full traditional English breakfast is served in the Dining Room. This is a large comfortable room overlooking the hundred year old Catalpa tree in the centre of St James Square.
Myrtle Place is a quiet bed and breakfast in the historic town of Monmouth. Surrounded by stunning scenery
You are now walking through the Wye Valley,an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cross the wide bridge in Monmouth where the trail diverts off the River Wye for a while, then meets it again in Redbrook. It is hard to imagine that this small village was once a bustling river port exporting copper products and where at one time corn and paper mills stood, plus a malthouse and brewery.
Continue on to Tintern, where you can view the amazing ruins of a Cistercian abbey, a Gothic masterpiece.
Elevation Gain/Loss: +840m/-805m
Nestled within the village of Tintern, in the heart of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Old Rectory is a period home with fantastic views. With magical Tintern Abbey a short walk away, the Tintern Old Rectory is a lovely place to enjoy spectacular landscapes with easy access to wonderful walks along Offa's Dyke Trail
Your final day of walking takes you firstly to the Hudnalls, a large and well-wooded common, or take the alternate trail alongside the River Wye if you wish which takes you to Brockweir village. Here you can see the whitewashed 19th century Moravian Chapel.
For those of you who wish to complete the Offa's Dyke in its entirety you can walk all the way to Sedbury Cliffs on the Severn Estuary, the official finish point. Or cross the bridge and walk straight into Chepstow where you will spend your final night.
Elevation Gain/Loss: +260m/-255m
A family-run guest house located in the heart of Chepstow at the foot of the main shopping and restaurant street and a short walk from the town’s famous Norman Castle. It has been completely refurbished and updated to the standards of a modern boutique hotel. It has 12 guest rooms, a breakfast room, a warm and cosy snug/lounge and a lovely communal garden patio.
Today depart from Chepstow which had a train station and is therefore easily accessible to Londonand Cardiff. You can also take trains north which will involve a changeover.
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