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Offa's Dyke Path South

9 Days & 8 Nights 4.3 Read 6 reviews
  • Walk the southern section 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
The Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail criss-crosses back and forth along the Anglo-Welsh border, stretching from North to South Wales, passing through no less than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The southern section of this classic British walk takes you up and along Hatterill Ridge in the Black Mountains, through the rolling hills of the stunning Wye Walley and Welch Marches, so named in the Middle Ages where on the Welsh side of the border the Marcher lords ruled as they saw fit and did not have to abide by the King's rules. Relax in Hay on Wye after your day's walking and browse in the bookshops that this town is famous for, explore the monastic ruins of Llanthony Priory, nestled in the Black Mountains and Tintern Abbey next to the River Wye. Enjoy being in this historical region of border castles, including Monmouth and Chepstow.
On this long-distance trail enjoy varied scenery with a mix of open country, stunning mountain views, wooded valleys and plenty of wildlife. If you are a history buff then this would be very interesting for you as this trail reveals a rich tapestry of times gone by and the conflicts between the Welsh and the English. Depending on the itinerary you take, this route is rated anywhere between strenuous and strenuous to challenging. If you don't have time to complete the whole trail at once this is an ideal opportunity to split it into two in manageable sections, both time-wise and walking-wise.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Avid Adventurers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Personal Growth
  • Historical Journeys
  • National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

  • Most Popular
  • Classic

Activity Level & 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.

Navigation

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.

Accommodations

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 dsitances off the trail can be anything between 1-5km, but we have calcluated 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 is incorporated. By arranging the distance walked this way, there will be no surprises, although the km amounts 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.

Included
  • Overnights in B&B's, guest houses, small hotels
  • Breakfast
  • 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
Excluded
  • 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
Extras
  • 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.

Luggage Transfer

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.

General Information

Please bear in mind that the daily distances for the walks also include the extra walking to the town/village/hamlet where your accommodation is located. As a result of this the distances in the guidebook will vary from what you will find on our itineraries.

There may also be occasions however where your distance takes you directly into a town on the trail but you may have to walk a bit further to reach your accommodation if they are not exactly in the centre of town.

Equipment

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Knighton and Overnight Day 2 Knighton to Kington 14 miles / 22 km Day 3 Kington to Hay-on-Wye 15 miles / 24 km Day 4 Hay-on-Wye to Llanthony 11 miles / 18 km Day 5 Llanthony to Llangattock Lingoed 9 miles / 14 km Day 6 Llangattock Lingoed to Monmouth 13 miles / 22 km Day 7 Monmouth to Tintern 12 miles / 19 km Day 8 Tintern to Chepstow 8 miles / 13 km Day 9 Depart from Chepstow

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