Celtic Trails offices are located at the beginning of Offa’s Dyke Path in the Wye Valley and at Llangollen towards the end, familiar territory for us - we consider our local knowledge second to none.
Offa’s Dyke itself is Britain’s longest ancient monument, an earthwork named after the powerful 8C Saxon King Offa, who ordered a defensive earthen barrier be built as a monument to his greatness and a discouragement to the hostile Welsh Celtic tribes threatening his kingdom from the west.
In the 12th century, it became the warring border between Welsh nobles and Norman conquerors, who built a string of defensive castles along its length.
Your Offa’s Dyke Path Walk
Offa’s Dyke Path follows the high ground wherever possible with wonderful views over the Welsh and English countryside. You walk through the Black mountains, the Welsh Marches of Herefordshire, Powys and Shropshire, the Berwyn Mountains and the broad grassy Clwydian Hills.
Organised Walking Holidays with Celtic Trails
Celtic Trails is the oldest and most experienced walking holiday company in Wales. We arrange walking itineraries for clients who appreciate high standards of service, comfort and organisation.
We are only a phone call away and will plan your perfect walking holiday to suit your requirements. Call us today on 01291 689774 to start planning your walking holiday along Offa’s Dyke Path.
The Offa's Dyke Path follows the ancient earthworks that acted as border between England and Wales. However, the Offa's Dyke Path doesn't stick slavishly to the borderline, and there is a substantial amount missing from the boundary emerging out of the Wye Valley (for reasons which still escape historians to this day). You may find the Welsh marches to be little-frequented as a whole, and you'll often find long unoccupied stretches as you journey through the ever-changing landscape of the Offa's Dyke Path.
Steep ascents and descents are not a common occurrence on this route, although walkers may find that the repeated rising and falling of the route can prove quite strenuous. Arguably, the most challenging sections are found between the Black Mountains, Knighton and Cwm, where there are several steep ascents and descents - though it almost goes without saying that the view from the Black Mountains is particularly memorable, and worth the climb.
Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
Personal transfers between the accommodation and path where necessary
Walk pack including Trail Guide and Harvey’s map, Itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning.
You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.
Our Offa’s Dyke Path holidays are available to walk March to October.
Please note: accommodation in Hay-on-Wye at the end of May tends to get booked up a year ahead due to the Hay Literary Festival. We advise client to check the dates beforehand to avoid disappointment in availability .
We typically recommend walking Offa's Dyke between March and November. Although an increased likelihood of poor weather is always a factor, this is also due to the fact that many B&B's shut up shop for the winter - meaning the choice of places we can book you into are limited.
Rail: Railway stations are located in Chepstow, Knighton and Prestatyn. Approximate length of train journeys: London Heathrow to Chepstow, 3.5 hours. Prestatyn to London Heathrow, 4 hrs.www.nationalrail.co.uk
Coach: Coach stations, for the National Express, are located at all major airports, Chepstow and Prestatyn. Approximate length of coach journeys: London Heathrow to Chepstow, 2 hours. Prestatyn to London Heathrow, 7.5 hrs. www.nationalexpress.com
Taxi: Approx Fares London Heathrow to Chepstow £150 Knighton to Chepstow £95 Knighton to Prestatyn £100 Knighton to Craven Arms £25 Prestatyn to Chepstow £280
All itineraries can be walked from North to South, as well as South to North. You will find our standard itineraries on our website, but if you would like to make any adjustments to our routes, then please do get in touch - we would be more than happy to tailor a route that meets your needs. Looking for different mileages or a different number of nights? Please contact us to discuss how our itineraries can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.
Offa’s Dyke Path Client Reviews
4.8/5 based on 117 reviews
All went very well. Celtic Trails are all you need for a great walking holiday.
We enjoyed the variety of the terrain, crossing the English-Welsh border so often and it was historically very interesting. The walking was quite challenging but we managed quite well. Louise & Henk - November 2019
Celtic Trails were: Reliable / easy / helpful.
I most enjoyed the solitude / friendship of the other walkers / scenery.
The impact on my mental health has been good.
Thank you, Sarah, for booking this - I really enjoyed the challenge of the walk. Anon. - October 2019
Fabulous uplifting scenery P. Ripley - October 2019
An excellent experience. Every last details considered.
I particularly enjoy walking alone. M. Emerson - October 2019
Great customer service, excellent booking experience and good quality information - personalised.
Apart from a few aching muscles, a very positive experience.
Challenging walk, some lovely scenery. D Carley & Gold - October 2019
Celtic Trails were very well organised, lots of information provided, accommodation good, personalised handbook excellent.
This was has given us confidence in our capabilities - the challenge was personally motivating and the exercise great!
I had always wanted to experience Offa's Dyke Path - it was fascinating to walk with the actual Dyke on Day 6. We found the scenery stimulating, more towards the Black Mountain territory and it was an adventure and challenge to constantly map read and follow signs. The exercise was great (for general well-being too!) J. Hughes - October 2019
It was a good experience - the ridge walks were most enjoyable. Nicholson - October 2019
Celtic Trails were professional - I would recommend them to a friend. R. Bokhove - October 2019
Everything was arranged for us, so we didn't have to think / worry.
After the walk we were exhausted, but refreshed and inspired. Anon. - September 2019
All went beautifully and the hosts were more that accommodating. Celtic Trails were timely and efficient.
Despite the blisters, it was relaxing and a great sense of achievement. Good for inter personal connections. Anon. - September 2019
Scenery was great. Anon. - September 2019
Celtic Trails make arranging a walking holiday in distant parts of the country, child's play. They are totally reliable and responsive to individual needs and requests.
The walk was difficult for me as I was recovering from an illness - I was shattered when I got back! However, you can't be anything but inspired and uplifted by the change to walk in such wonderful countryside.
This is undoubtedly the most scenic of the long distance trails we have walked. It also had the advantage of not being overwalked or crowded. Parris & Crosbie - September 2019
Celtic Trails were much better than other companies we've used - we had no problems. An efficient company, with excellent choices made for accommodation.
We are very fit now and we loved the sensational and varied walking,. A. Romanen - August 2019
Celtic Trails were very organised and accommodating - the Walk Pack is better than others. Anon. - August 2019
Celtic Trails are much better than other companies we've walked with: Excellent, friendly, responsive and helpful. The whole trip went very smoothly.
I would certainly use them again and recommend to friends. Thomas & Brewis - July 2019
Celtic Trails were clear, efficient, friendly and engaged. Having hours and hours to talk, listen, be quiet and laugh a lot with old friends was very special. There is something about doing a long distance trail walk that is unique. You have time to adjust to a new pattern of life and walking for hours, day after day, forces you to literally slow down! I love the feeling of treading through unknown territory and arriving everywhere by foot. It is a very intimate experience. T. Meade - July 2019
Celtic Trails were better than other companies - we have and will recommend them to others. They were very good and always helpful. H&A Tucker - July 2019
The Celtic Trails staff were all extremely helpful when my husband had health issues and we couldn't walk for a few days. Our luggage was always waiting for us. Great accommodation, efficient transfers, wonderful support. Comprehensive track notes and information.
This is a very beautiful walk, with amazing views along the way. Anon. - July 2019
Seamless service and a good selection of accommodation. Nice to have beautiful, open countryside to ourselves. Anon. - July 2019
Well organised ... friendly hosts at accommodation Brookes - July 2019
All arrangements were good and went well. It was a well-organised, hassle-free walk, with good back up, if needed.
Enjoyed the varied accommodation, particularly the personal ones; wonderful scenery; history and some fascinating people on the walk, going the other way. Nicky, Richard & Poppy - July 2019
We found Celtic Trails very professional to deal with and their attention to detail is excellent. Kate always replied to our e-mails promptly and was patient and understanding. The scenery and places we saw and experienced were amazing. Fuller - July 2019
Celtic Trails provided efficient and good communication. A & A Holman - June 2019
Excellent B&Bs and hosts; transport for cases good. Offa's Dyke Path was pretty, about the right length each day, with mainly good signage. Most enjoyed the walk along the ridge of the Black Mountains and the Clwydian Mountains. Anon - June 2019
Celtic Trails were better than other companies we've used - the logistics were perfect and the choice of accommodation generally excellent.
The star of this holiday was the walk itself. Varied with wonderful scenery and wildlife. Celtic Trails' organisation allowed us to fully enjoy it. Cornelius - June 2019
Celtic Trails were better than other companies we've used - everything worked as promised. We particularly liked walking over the Aqueduct en-route to Llangollen. B. Crossfield - June 2019
Helpful staff; good website; flexible arrangements; luggage transfers seamless. C. West - June 2019
We received much more preparatory information and more personalised service from Celtic Trails than other companies. T & E Schulze - June 2019
Everything extremely professional and excellent communication. Information provided for each day was very useful and detailed. J. Wasson - June 2019
I would recommend Celtic Trails to a friends - everything worked just as we wished. V. Edy - May 2019
Celtic Trails was better than other companies. As a solo walker, I felt CT kept and eye on me (just in case), which was reassuring.
Great service with quick responses and helpful guides. Great places to stay at night.
I think I should have done this walk in 2 sections. 177 miles was a bit much for me, but I loved the scenery and history along ODP. N. Moore - May 2019
Everything worked just as we wishes; one small blister, all very positive. Love the variety of scenery. V. Edy - May 2019
This walk was quieter that coast to coast and West Highland Way. Scenery - huge variety. Challenging enough with some training. Flowers, bird life, forests, moors, farmland.
Celtic Trails were excellent. Anon. - May 2019
Very efficient company. L. Reynolds - May 2019
Some hosts commented that Celtic Trails was the 5 star option and it did feel that way. They were organised and we were well looked after. This was a surprisingly varied long-distance walk - from Wye Valley/Forest of Dean, the Black mountains, Severn Valley then Clwydian Hills. Satisfyingly strenuous, without being arduous. Jenkins - May 2019
I would describe Celtic Trails as a great company. Anon. - May 2019
As we are regular walkers, this was an enjoyable holiday. We would recommend Celtic Trails to a friend. Smalley - May 2019
We would describe Celtic Trails as excellent - well-organised, helpful and quick to sort out the minor hitches we had.
The best bits for us were the views over the Clwydian Hills, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the historic aspects. Anon. - May 2019
I am recommending ODP and Celtic Trails to friends and family. Seabright - May 2019
Very friendly and helpful, from first contact to the end. Great choice of B&Bs and super organisation of tour, transport etc C Von Dewitz - May 2019
We would recommend Celtic Trails to a friend - they were well organised, friendly and reliable. We've done two walks with them this year - this one and Hadrian's Wall. Greg & Gai - May 2019
Better than other companies I've walked with.
This walk had a good impact on my health and well-being. Y. Wesbroom - April 2019
Good. High open spaces are always good for the soul. Also a bit fitter and probably lost weight. P. Ongamells - April 2019
Easy, reliable logistics meant I could just enjoy the walking. L.E. - March 2019
Celtic Trails met our expectations. We enjoyed the variety of scenery, great B&Bs and grand weather. Exploring Ruthin was perfect for the rest day. J & P Lawton - February 2019
Word of mouth gives Celtic Trails a good reputation. What we most enjoyed about this walk was the solitude, good B&Bs, the daily distances, 360 panoramic views of Wales/England and the farmland and forests. M.H. - November 2018
We have walked this walk with you before and you met our expectations again. We most enjoyed the scenery and the challenge in wet/windy conditions. Mr & Mrs Holmes - October 2018
I have thoroughly enjoyed it all and the many lovely people we met and who helped us. Thank you so much. Smith - September 2018
General standard of accommodations was very high. Falconer - September 2018
What I most enjoyed about this holiday was the variety of scenery, challenging hills and having no detours to B&Bs that involved walking! Clarke - September 2018
We enjoyed the "whole package". Welch - September 2018
We would choose Celtic Trails again. J & G - September 2018
By using Celtic Trails, we had no luggage or accommodation worries. They also organised our transport to and from our overnight stays, where necessary. C.P. - September 2018
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our walk - we were relatively lucky weather wise and found the scenery spectacular every day. J & G - September 2018
Celtic Trails compared very well with other companies I've walked with - I would walk with them again, Murray - September 2018
We most enjoyed the scenery and meeting people. We like to travel and also like to be active. A walking holiday is a perfect combination as you really get to experience the place you are visiting. McGrath - September 2018
Better than anticipated, we would certainly choose your services again. Wonderful scenery, totally uncrowded, good company in the B&Bs - cups of tea offered on arrival! Botur - September 2018
Celtic Trails met my expectations. L.W. - September 2018
All luggage transfers worked perfectly. We loved being up high in the country, the variety of trails and the B&Bs. We prefer the B&Bs to hotels. Fleming - September 2018
We have walked with Celtic Trails several times and all of the walks were uniquely wonderful.
I most enjoyed all the different accommodations, meeting other walkers and not worrying about any details. J.H. - September 2018
We most enjoyed the various landscapes, combined with exercise. Busby & Rimmer - August 2018
The accommodation providers seemed to like dealing with Celtic Trails - we took that as a good sign and you met our expectations.
What we most enjoyed about being on this holiday was that there were no decisions to be made - it was all planned for us. And also, the fabulous scenery. R.W. - August 2018
We most enjoyed the weather, the views, the villages and the variety of countryside - beautiful! Rowlands & Pike - August 2018
I loved the ease of it - arriving at the B&Bs with my bags already there.
Thank you SO much. R. Lougheed - August 2018
Everyone we spoke to (other walkers and our hosts) spoke very highly of Celtic Trails and the professionalism of your organisation. We are hoping to do the northern section of Offa's Dyke next year.
Thank you for organising a brilliant, hassle-free holiday. R. M - July 2018
An excellent holidays. The walking and accommodation was good and we were blessed with dry and sunny weather.
Well organised. Thank you. A.T. - July 2018
All luggage transfers carried out as arranged, W & D - July 2018
Thanks to all at Celtic Trails for a wonderful experience. J.S. - July 2018
I most enjoyed the fabulous scenery. Mr Briggs - July 2018
An excellent holiday overall. Anon. - July 2018
Celtic Trails met my expectations. H - July 2018
Luggage transfers carried out smoothly and easily. Of the two walking companies we've used, we prefer your service. Mr & Mrs Ewans - July 2018
Perfect F.S. - July 2018
Celtic Trails compared very well with companies I've used previously.
Thank you J.P. - July 2018
I most enjoyed the stunning scenery. M.H. - July 2018
Very impressed with the website and flexibility and number of walks on offer.
Everything was taken care of, as promised and Jo was so helpful, obliging and friendly to deal with when organising the holiday.
We definitely intend to use your company for future walked as you delivered exactly what you said you would and without any hassle. MA. - June 2018
Everything taken care of as promised and Jo was so helpful, obliging and friendly to deal with when organising this holiday. We definitely intend to use your company for future walks as you delivered what you said you would and without any hassle. M. A - June 2018
The B&Bs were fantastic - a most enjoyable way to see the British countryside. Excellent job planning our trek. Thank you. S. Schlosberg - June 2018
The scenery was fabulous and the travel arrangements were seamless. Price - June 2018
Celtic Trails met my expectations - all luggage transfers carried out as expected, excellent contact with staff, quality B&Bs. Mr Parris - June 2018
We most enjoyed the landscape, achievement, exercise and freedom. E.D. - June 2018
An excellent holiday overall. There is a difference in the level of some of the accommodations. Faulkner - June 2018
We most enjoyed the variety of scenery, the historical aspect of the walk and the friendly B&Bs. S.P. - June 2018
We most enjoyed the walk itself and the accommodations. Pugh - June 2018
We heard of you via word of mouth. No complaints about anything. Thank you. Jones - June 2018
We found you on Google and think you had the best website and itinerary. We would walk with you again. R - June 2018
Celtic Trails was better than all other walking companies. I would walk with them again Bryce & Edwards - June 2018
We have walked with you before and everyone says you are very good! There is no reason we wouldn't walk with you again. Veel groet. Goenee - June 2018
The scenery and the weather were fantastic S. Shan - June 2018
We most loved the scenery, the accommodations and the hosts. o&C - May 2018
Compared with other companies, Celtic Trails were very good - the accommodations were very good and you did a North to South Walk. Singer - May 2018
Overall, everything was well organised and the directions were clear. WE had a great time! H - May 2018
We have walked with Celtic Trails before and they met our expectations again. Lindsay & Wilmot - May 2018
The warm welcomes at B&Bs were greatly appreciated. The weather was excellent and the views were spectacular. McDougall - May 2018
We most enjoyed the interesting sites, the quiet, the views and the sense of accomplishment. K & H - April 2018
"The whole trip was very well organised with no hitches. The daily distances were just right and the accommodation/hospitality was superb, thanks a lot." Wild - October 2017
"Very positive feedback about Celtic Trails from all B&B owners! [I enjoyed] that I didn't need to worry about accommodation or luggage." T. M - September 2017
"I heard from the B&Bs that you, dear Kate, are the best! They love the way you work! Bravo! I will come back next year, I want to finish this beautiful path. Thank you, Kate! It was wonderful! Contact you next year!" Berger - August 2017
'We are very pleased with the service and hospitality rendered - all places we stayed and our taxi-driver. We are impressed by the standard of the B&Bs you have arranged for us." Loevic - July 2017
"Very favourable! Outstanding service from Jo adding [my friends] to different sections along the route. Organised transfers to and from the trail appreciated." Hides - June 2017
"Finished at last, de Mendonca and I have finished the Offa's Dyke Path. What a glory. Thank you for arranging such good weather. Just to say all your arrangements worked like clockwork. The B&Bs were very good indeed. All were good and I expect that they will appeal to different people." Bell and de Mendonca - June 2017
"Great tour company - we will recommend!" Miller - June 2017
"My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our 5 days walking the Southern part of Offa's Dyke. It exceeded our expectations. The views are stunning (even in the rain!). The walking was easy, even if there were a few tough climbs.
It was our first long-distance walk together and we certainly are encouraged to do it again. Celtic Trails were excellent (and patient with our changing plans). The choice of B&Bs and hotels along the path were perfect, and it was such a treat to find our luggage in our room each evening." French - June 2017
"Will definitely consider another walk with Celtic Trails. We had a great time." Taylor - June 2017
"Exceptionally helpful and amenable." Davies - April 2017
"Thank you for organising such an excellent holiday for our first long distance walk. The accommodations were warm and welcoming and didn't flinch at the sight of our muddy boots and trousers! Some hosts were outstanding and it was tempting to stay with them for longer!
We would like to come again as most impressed" Holmes - October 2016
"Overall, very impressive. Offa’s Dyke is a tremendous walk. All the accommodation was very good and several of the B&B’s, were outstanding. Thank you for rescuing me when the booking in Monmouth went wrong – you did this very well and the replacement B&B was excellent." Sibly - September 2016
"Nice trip, well organised, we’ll use C.T again + recommend it!
We are very satisfied with your experience + your organisation! We’ll be back another time. Every afternoon it was a pleasant surprise to find ourselves in another of your chosen accommodation sites, after a full day of walking through the Welsh mountains, hills & fields’." Penn - September 2016
"I thoroughly enjoyed the walk, knowing that at the end of a walking day a nice accommodation, hot shower and a friendly host was expecting me!" Seewer - June 2016
"Hello Penny. Got back yesterday from my Offa’s Dyke walk which went really well. I thoroughly enjoyed it although I have to admit it was a bit tougher than I had expected!.....This is just to thank you for making a superb holiday possible. Several B&B owners said that Celtic Trails were the best or one of the best companies - so well done." Kent - June 2015
"What really made the holiday special was the quality of accommodation. All the B&B's were extremely welcoming & comfortable. We really appreciated the individuality of each place & the people we met. Thank - you for a lovely holiday." Peters - March 2015
"This is only the second time that I and Barbara, in 40 years of walking in wilderness & other routes have used a company to organise beds, transfers etc. It was such a pleasure! We know at the end of each day our bags, bed + meal were organised and ready, plus all our hosts were so welcoming, it really added an extra dimension of pleasure to our trip
Thank you Kate + others at Celtic Trails. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you and use your service again." Fisher - July 2014
"A fantastic experience and we were generally very impressed indeed by the effort taken on our our behalf by your accommodations and our hosts. Thank you." Bond - June 2014
"I found Offa's Dyke Path a wonderful walk . The variety of landscapes, the terrain, the farms. the towns and villages made ODP a rich walking experience. It certainly whet my appetite for further walks with you. And thank you Penny and the Celtic Trails team, for your organisation once my husband decided to join us." Ong - July 2013
"[We enjoyed] going to local pubs, seeing a variety of gorgeous landscapes and meeting new people along the way. The route was even more rural than we expected. We knew there would be some days where there were no restaurants, stores or other facilities, but we didn't realise this would be nearly ever day. We appreciated very much the flawless suitcase delivery service. The Offa's Dyke path provides a great deal of natural beauty and beautiful views of the countryside. We loved seeing these, thanks for your work in helping us organise such an interesting holiday experience." E & D Driver - July 2012
"We thoroughly enjoyed walking Offa's Dyke south with Celtic Trails. We walked Offa's Dyke North last year. Overall, price would have been £50-60 per person cheaper than Celtic Trails. But, both my wife and I concluded that it was well worth paying the extra money. We will be definitely use you again. Maybe Hadrian's Wall in 2013!" Mr & Mrs J Bennett - July 2012
"From my perspective Celtic trails did a great job in every respect. Even a phone call from Penny at the end of the last day'. I (we) will recommend Celtic to everyone. Fantastic job and a big thank - you." Smith - May 2012
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