Offa’s Dyke Path Walking Holidays: Following the Border Between England and Wales

The Offa’s Dyke Path is a 177-mile walking holiday coast-to-coast to the Irish Sea, along the UK’s largest ancient monument. No other UK walking holiday features such contrast and variety of unspoilt scenery, or imparts such a sense of walking through two thousand years of history.

Highlights
  • Pass the Norman castles of Chepstow, White Castle and Chirk
  • Discover early medieval abbeys at Tintern and Llanthony
  • Browse the famous old bookshops of Hay-on-Wye
  • Be inspired by the setting of Bruce Chatwin’s novel On The Black Hill
  • Cross the amazing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in the Pontcysyllte World Heritage site
  • Walk from Pandy over the Black Mountains and Hatterrall Ridge
  • 7 to 16 nights
  • 79 to 177 mls (view km)
  • Chepstow, Welsh Border
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £590

Walking Chepstow to Prestatyn

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’Offa's Dyke Path Organised Walking Holidays 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.

Path Walkthrough

Offa's Dyke Walk Map
Our Offa's Dyke walking route traces Britain’s longest ancient monument

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.

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Our Offa's Dyke Walking Holiday Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Chepstow to Prestatyn

Length: 177 miles/ 284.5 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Code
Duration
Start Price
ODP1 S-N
16 Nights / 15 Days
£1,285

Chepstow to Prestatyn

16 Nights / 15 Days
Holiday Code: ODP1 S-N
Price: £1,285 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £37.50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £26 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Chepstow
Day 2:Chepstow to Bigsweir Bridge9.6 miles/15.36km
Day 3:Bigsweir Bridge to The Hendre11 miles/17.6km
Day 4:The Hendre to Llangattock Lingoed10 miles/16km
Day 5:Llangattock Lingoed to Longtown7 miles/11.2km
(inc. 2 mile steep descent to accom)
Day 6:Longtown to Hay-on-Wye13 miles/ 20.8km
(inc. 2 mile steep ascent from accom)
Day 7:Hay-on-Wye to Kington14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 8:Kington to Knighton13.5 miles/21.6km
Day 9:Knighton to Cwm13.6 miles/21.8km
Day 10:Cwm to Buttington13.7 miles/22km
Day 11:Buttington to Llanymynech10.3 miles/16.5km
Day 12:Llanymynech to Craignant12 miles/19.2km
Day 13:Craignant to Llangollen, via Castell Dinas Bran11.3 miles/18km
Day 14:Castell Dinas Bran to Clwyd Gate14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 15:Clwyd Gate to Bodfari11 miles/17.6km
Day 16:Bodfari to Prestatyn12 miles/19.2km
Day 17:Depart Prestatyn

Itinerary Information: 16 nights accommodation with 15 walking days. Arrive in Chepstow on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Prestatyn on morning of day 17.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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ODP2a S-N
13 Nights / 12 Days
£1,050

Chepstow to Prestatyn

13 Nights / 12 Days
Holiday Code: ODP2a S-N
Price: £1,050 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £37.50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £26 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Chepstow
Day 2:Chepstow to Monmouth16.7 miles/26.7 km
Day 3:Monmouth to Pandy16.75 miles/26.8 km
Day 4:Pandy to Hay-on-Wye17.5 miles/26 km
Day 5:Hay-on-Wye to Kington14.5 miles/23.2 km
Day 6:Kington to Knighton13.5 miles/21.6 km
Day 7:Knighton to Cwm13.6 miles/21.8km
Day 8:Cwm to Buttington13.7 miles/22km
Day 9:Buttington to Trefonen16.3 miles/26 km
Day 10:Trefonen to Castell Dinas Bran/Llangollen15.8 miles/25.3 km
Day 11:Castell Dinas Bran to Clwyd Gate14.5 miles/23.2 km
Day 12:Clwyd Gate to Bodfari11 miles/17.6 km
Day 13:Bodfari to Prestatyn12 miles/19.2 km
Day 14:Depart Prestatyn

Itinerary Information: 13 nights accommodation with 12 walking days. Arrive in Chepstow on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Prestatyn on morning of day 14.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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ODP2 S-N
14 Nights / 13 Days
£1,150

Chepstow to Prestatyn

14 Nights / 13 Days
Holiday Code: ODP2 S-N
Price: £1,150 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £37.50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £26 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Chepstow
Day 2:Chepstow to Redbrook13.1 miles/20.96km
Day 3:Redbrook to White Castle14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 4:White Castle to Longtown10 miles/16km
(inc. 2 mile steep descent to accom)
Day 5:Longtown to Hay-on-Wye13 miles/20.8km
(inc. 2 mile steep ascent from accom)
Day 6:Hay-on-Wye to Kington14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 7:Kington to Knighton13.5 miles/21.6km
Day 8:Knighton to Cwm13.6 miles/21.8km
Day 9:Cwm to Buttington13.7 miles/22km
Day 10:Buttington to Trefonen16.3 miles/26km
Day 11:Trefonen to Castell Dinas Bran/Llangollen15.8 miles/25.3 km
Day 12:Castell Dinas Bran to Clwyd Gate14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 13:Clwyd Gate to Bodfari11 miles/17.6km
Day 14:Bodfari to Prestatyn12 miles/19.2km
Day 15:Depart Prestatyn

Itinerary Information: 14 nights accommodation with 13 walking days. Arrive in Chepstow on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Prestatyn on morning of day 15.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Chepstow to Knighton

Length: 80 miles/ 128.5 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Code
Duration
Start Price
ODP4 S-N
7 Nights / 6 Days
£590

Chepstow to Knighton

7 Nights / 6 Days
Holiday Code: ODP4 S-N
Price: £590 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £37.50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £26 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Chepstow
Day 2:Chepstow Bridge to Redbrook13.1 miles/20.96km
Day 3:Redbrook to White Castle14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 4:White Castle to Longtown10 miles/16km
(inc. 2 mile steep descent to accom)
Day 5:Longtown to Hay-on-Wye13 miles/20.8km
(inc. 2 mile steep ascent from accom)
Day 6:Hay-on-Wye to Kington14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 7:Kington to Knighton13.5 miles/21.6km
Day 8:Depart Knighton

Itinerary Information: 7 nights accommodation with 6 walking days. Arrive in Chepstow on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Knighton on morning of day 8.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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ODP3 S-N
8 Nights / 7 Days
£660

Chepstow to Knighton

8 Nights / 7 Days
Holiday Code: ODP3 S-N
Price: £660 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £37.50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £26 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Chepstow
Day 2:Chepstow Bridge to Bigsweir Bridge9.6 miles/15.36km
Day 3:Bigsweir Bridge to The Hendre11 miles/17.6km
Day 4:The Hendre to Llangattock Lingoed10 miles/16km
Day 5:Llangattock Lingoed to Longtown7 miles/11.2km
(inc. 2 mile steep descent to accom)
Day 6:Longtown to Hay-on-Wye13 miles/ 20.8km
(inc. 2 mile steep ascent from accom)
Day 7:Hay-on-Wye to Kington14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 8:Kington to Knighton13.5 miles/21.6km
Day 9:Depart Knighton

Itinerary Information: 8 nights accommodation with 7 walking days. Arrive in Chepstow on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Knighton on morning of day 9.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Knighton to Prestatyn

Length: 97 miles/ 156 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Code
Duration
Start Price
ODP5 S-N
9 Nights / 8 Days
£745

Knighton to Prestatyn

9 Nights / 8 Days
Holiday Code: ODP5 S-N
Price: £745 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £37.50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £26 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Knighton
Day 2:Knighton to Cwm13.6 miles/21.8km
Day 3:Cwm to Buttington13.7 miles/22km
Day 4:Buttington to Llanymynech10.3 miles/16.48km
Day 5:Llanymynech to Craignant12 miles/19.2km
Day 6:Craignant to Llangollen, via Castell Dinas
Bran
11.3 miles/18km
Day 7:Castell Dinas Bran to Clwyd Gate14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 8:Clwyd Gate to Bodfari11 miles/17.6km
Day 9:Bodfari to Prestatyn12 miles/19.2 km
Day 10:Depart Prestatyn

Itinerary Information: 9 nights accommodation with 8 walking days. Arrive in Knighton on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Prestatyn on morning of day 10.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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ODP6 S-N
8 Nights / 7 Days
£680

Knighton to Prestatyn

8 Nights / 7 Days
Holiday Code: ODP6 S-N
Price: £680 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £37.50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £26 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Knighton
Day 2:Knighton to Cwm13.6 miles/21.8km
Day 3:Cwm to Buttington13.7 miles/22km
Day 4:Buttington to Trefonen16.3 miles/26km
Day 5:Trefonen to Castell Dinas Bran/Llangollen15.8 miles/25.3km
Day 6:Castell Dinas Bran to Clwyd Gate14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 7:Clwyd Gate to Bodfari11 miles/17.6km
Day 8:Bodfari to Prestatyn12 miles/19.2km
Day 9:Depart Prestatyn

Itinerary Information: 8 nights accommodation with 7 walking days. Arrive in Knighton on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Prestatyn on morning of day 9.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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All itineraries can be walked in the opposite direction, North to South, should you wish, .
Please contact us for details.

  • What's Included

    We include:

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Personal transfers between the accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning
    • Walk pack including Trail Guide and Harvey’s map, Itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning.
  • Price Info.

    Solo walker supplement: £37.50 per night.

    Single occupancy supplement within a group: £26 per night.

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack, single room occupancy supplements apply.

    Rest days: From £50 per person per night.

    Postage overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Rest day locations: our recommended locations are

    • Hay-On-Wye
    • Llangollen

    Upgrade Accommodation: If you wish to upgrade your overnight accommodation on occasion, we will be happy to arrange this wherever availability allows – prices to be advised.

  • Getting There

    Rail:

    Railway stations are located in Chepstow, Knighton and Prestatyn.

    www.nationalrail.co.uk

    Approximate length of train journeys: London Heathrow to Chepstow, 3.5 hours

    Prestatyn to London Heathrow, 4 hrs     

    Coach:

    Coach stations, for the National Express, are located at all major airports, Chepstow and Prestatyn.  www.nationalexpress.com

    Approximate length of coach journeys: London Heathrow to Chepstow, 2 hours

    Prestatyn to London Heathrow, 7.5 hrs  

    Bus:

    Local bus services to points on or near Offa's Dyke Path are available.

    www.traveline.org.uk

    Approx taxi fares 2017:

    London Heathrow to Chepstow   £150

    Knighton to Chepstow                  £95

    Knighton to Prestatyn                   £100

    Knighton to Craven Arms             £25

    Prestatyn to Chepstow                 £280

  • Best Time to Travel

    Holiday arrival/departure dates: You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.  We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

    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.

                                                                                      

Walker Reviews of Our Offa's Dyke Walknig Holidays

Our past clients rated this walk 4.8 out of 5, read a selection of 25 reviews below.

"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!"

5 out of 5

September 2018

"Everyone we spoke to (other walkers & our hosts) spoke very highly of Celtic Trails & the professionalism of your organisation. We are hoping to the northern section of Offa's Dyke next year. Thank-you for organising a brilliant, hassle-free holiday."

4.9 out of 5

July 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."

5 out of 5

June 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."

4.7 out of 5

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."

5 out of 5

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!"

4.7 out of 5

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."

4.7 out of 5

July 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."

4.7 out of 5

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."

5 out of 5

June 2017

"Will definitely consider another walk with Celtic Trails. We had a great time."

4.7 out of 5

June 2017

"Very favourable! Outstanding service from Jo adding [my friends] to different sections along the route. Organised transfers to and from the trail appreciated."

4.7 out of 5

June 2017

"Great tour company - we will recommend!"

5 out of 5

June 2017

"Exceptionally helpful and amenable."

4.7 out of 5

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"

5 out of 5

October 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’."

5 out of 5

September 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."

5 out of 5

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!"

4.8 out of 5

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."

5 out of 5

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."

4.8 out of 5

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."

5 out of 5

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."

4.6 out of 5

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."

5 out of 5

July 2013

"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."

5 out of 5

May 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!"

4.9 out of 5

July 2012

"[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."

4.9 out of 5

July 2012

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