Offa's Dyke Path South Self Guided Walking Holidays

Holidays from 5-7 Days Walking, 80 miles, Price from £445 per person



The Offa's Dyke Path National Trail was opened in the summer of 1971, linking Sedbury Cliffs near Chepstow on the banks of the Severn estuary with the North Wales coastal town of Prestatyn. The Trail is named after, and often follows, the spectacular Offa's Dyke, a great frontier earthwork, which Offa the King of Mercia from 757 to 796 A.D. ordered to be constructed.This holiday covers the 80 mile Southern section of Offa's Dyke Path from Sedbury Cliffs, Chepstow to Knighton.

Offa's Dyke Path is the most attractive and varied of the National Trails. The route crosses high wild moorland, attractive, well cultivated wide river valleys and ancient woodland. It passes through historic towns and isolated hamlets. En route can be seen hill forts, castles, abbeys and surviving remains of the habitations of former occupants of the beautiful corridor of the path. The flora and fauna are as rich and as varied as the scenery. In addition it passes through the Brecon Beacons National Park on the spectacular Hatterall Ridge, the highest point on the route at 700m/2300ft, and through the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This self-guided walking holidays is along the southern section of Offa's Dyke Path between Chepstow and Knighton. You can walk the route in either direction, North to South or South to North. Typically you travel to the start of The Path and overnight (accommodation is included in the price of your holiday) ready to start your walk the following morning. Each night on the trail you stay in a different location in prebooked selected accommodation, with breakfast provided. Your luggage is transferred daily between your overnight accommodation.

Book with Northwestwalks and you can be confident of a personal, professional and well organised service. You can be assured we select quality walker friendly accommodation and provide a reliable daily luggage transfer service, plus a holiday pack which includes route information, accommodation details, route map, guidebook and the reassurance we can always be contacted should you need assistance


Offa's Dyke Path South Itineraries and Prices

Our self guided holidays are booked on an individual basis and therefore you can start your holiday on any date of your choice between April and October, and include rest days if required.
To book your holiday choose an itinerary that meets your requirements, then click Book Your Holiday


6 Nights/5 Days Walking
Offa's Dyke South self guided holiday

  • 6 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • 5 days walking

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • Total distance 80 miles

  • Average daily distance 16 miles

  • Shortest day 14 miles

  • Longest day 18 miles

  • Price £445/person (single supplement* £150)

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7 Nights/6 Days Walking
Offa's Dyke South self guided holiday

  • 7 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • 6 days walking

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • Total distance 80 miles

  • Average daily distance 13.5 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 18 miles

  • Price £510/person (single supplement* £175)

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8 Nights/7 Days Walking
Offa's Dyke South self guided holiday

  • 8 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • 7 days walking

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • Total distance 80 miles

  • Average daily distance 11.5 miles

  • Shortest day 4 miles

  • Longest day 14 miles

  • Price £565/person (single supplement* £200)

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*Single supplement - There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £25 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

If you want to follow an itinerary that is not listed please contact us on 01257 424889 or email nww@northwestwalks.co.uk

Extra nights/rest days can be added to your itinerary. Price from £50 per person per night.

Holiday Information




Holidays include

  • Carefully selected walker friendly accommodation.

  • Breakfast each day.

  • Luggage transfer between overnight accommodation.

  • Route information and itinerary.

  • Detailed instructions to find your accommodation.

  • Guidebook and Harvey map for the group Leader.

  • Emergency contact

Tour availability
This walking holiday is available from April to October. You can book your holiday to start on any date of your choice.

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. We try to book rooms with ensuite or private facilities every night, however in a few villages ensuite accommodation is limited and we may have to book rooms with shared facilities for one night of your holiday.

Meals
Breakfast is included.
Packed lunches can be readily purchased from your overnight accommodation or local shop.
Evening meals can be purchased in local village pubs or overnight accommodation when a pub is not available.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the walk you luggage is transferred door to door between overnight accommodation by baggage transfer service, so all you need to carry is a day rucksack and its contents.

Accommodation directions
We provide detailed instructions to find you accommodation.

Guide Books and Maps
A guidebook and Harvey route maps are included.

Offa's Dyke Path South Route Description


The Offa's Dyke Path National Trail was opened in the summer of 1971, linking Sedbury Cliffs near Chepstow on the banks of the Severn estuary with the North Wales coastal town of Prestatyn. The Trail is named after, and often follows, the spectacular Offa's Dyke, a great frontier earthwork, which Offa the King of Mercia from 757 to 796 A.D. ordered to be constructed.This holiday covers the 80 mile Southern section of Offa's Dyke Path from Sedbury Cliffs, Chepstow to Knighton. The following is intended to provide further information about the route. Please note that all distances and heights in this document are approximate and along with all the other information are provided as an aid to describe the route.

Start of route
Sedury Cliffs, Chepstow

End of route
Knighton, Powys

Direction of walk
We describe the holiday in a South to North direction but you can also walk from North to South.

Grade of walking

This is a moderate to challenging trail with varied landscapes and terrain. The trail follows river valleys, lowland fields and crosses rolling hills and mountains.

Terrain
The terrain varies from riverside paths, country lanes, farmland, rolling hills and mountain paths.

Waymarking
The route is sensibly waymarked and generally easy to follow with the aid of a map and guidebook.



Route description



Sedbury Cliffs/Chepstow (height above sea level 10m) to Monmouth (20m).
Offa’s Dyke Path (ODP) starts in England at Sedbury Cliffs (near to Chepstow) overlooking the Severn estuary. The Dyke itself is first met at the very start of the ODP, close to Sedbury Cliff. The ODP passes to the east of Chepstow with views of Chepstow Castle. From here the ODP continues its journey north on the eastern side of the River Wye high on the tree lined escarpment with a number of classic viewpoints, one of the most iconic being the view of Tintern Abbey from Devil’s Pulpit. The Wye Valley is one of the finest lowland landscapes in Britain and was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1971. Along this section the ODP offers several route options which meet at Bigsweir. The ODP continues through woodland and at Redbrook it makes the first of many border crossings between England and Wales, and continues to Monmouth, a Welsh border town situated at the confluence of the Rivers Wye, Monnow and Trothy and perhaps best known as the birthplace of Henry V.

Monmouth (20m) to Pandy (120m).
From the town centre the ODP crosses over the 13th century Monnow Bridge, the only remaining medieval fortified bridge in Great Britain. Leaving behind the River Wye the ODP crosses quiet rolling farmland, mainly sheep country. It passes through woodland on route to Hendre, it then crosses farmland to the church at Llanvihangel-Ystern-Llewern, and continues to the village of Llantilio Crossenny. Continuing across the rolling farmland the ODP passes alongside the medieval White Castle on route to the village of Llangattock Lingoed and the medieval St. Cadoc's Church. Approaching Pandy there are great views of the Black Mountains including Hatterrall Ridge over which the next part of the Trail passes.

Pandy (120m) to Hay-on-Wye (90m).
From Pandy a steady climb brings you to the first upland section of the ODP. It takes the route along Hatterrall Ridge in the Black Mountains, which are the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Once the first summit has been reached the ODP follows a well-defined ridge walk for about 11 miles to Hay Bluff, with stunning views to either side. The highest point on the ridge is Black Mountain (703m) and much of the ODP follows the ridge at over 600metres. A few miles into the ridge crossing it is possible to descend from 500metres and overnight at Longtown (140m) with its 12th century Norman Castle, the following morning transport will take you a short way back uphill from where you follow a footpath for a 300metre climb back onto the ridge. Hay Bluff (677m) is the northern high point of the ridge from where the ODP descends into Hay-on-Wye (90m), famed for its numerous bookshops, the town also has the ruins of two Norman castles.

Hay-on-Wye (90m) to Kington (170m).
From Hay-on-Wye the ODP follows level paths alongside the River Wye, last seen in Monmouth. After a couple of miles the ODP leaves the river to begin a rolling route through farmland. The ODP climbs and contours around Little Mountain (approx. 320m) then descends into the village of Newchurch (240m) - the church here is always open and welcomes walkers and you can help yourself to a cup of tea for a small donation. The ODP climbs again into rolling hills before descending into in Gladestry (225m). The final stage across hill country before Kington is to follow the ODP over Hergest Ridge (426m) with wonderful views all-round. Crossing the ridge you pass an old racecourse which is exactly a mile around. This area was also the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles and Mike Oldfield’s second album Hergest Ridge. Descending from the ridge you join a road which leads to the historic market town of Kington.

Kington (170m) to Knighton (175m).
On this stage the ODP follows long stretches of well-preserved Dyke before it enters Knighton (Tref-y-Clawdd, meaning the town on the dyke in Welsh). On leaving Kington the ODP rise over Brandor Hill and its golf course. A high point of approx. 390m makes Kington Golf Course the highest in England. Soon after the ODP meets up with Offa’s Dyke on Rushock Hill (375m), from this point to Chirk Castle the ODP and Offa’s Dyke keep each other company for most of the journey. The ODP now continues its journey across the rolling countryside. The highest peak on this section is Hawthorn Hill (407m) a few miles before Knighton. There are stunning views from the hill and one of Owain Glyndwr’s (the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales) famous battle sites can also be seen from here where he fought the English at the Battle of Pilleth, with the square clump of trees that mark the burial site of the soldiers. The final decent brings you down into the historic market town of Knighton, home of the Offa’s Dyke Centre.

Travel


UK bus and train journeys can be planned online at www.traveline.org.uk

By train
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at www.thetrainline.com
Prices can vary greatly and reduced price ‘Advanced tickets’ are sometimes available and can be purchased from approximately 12 weeks prior to departure.

To/From Chepstow
Travel by train to/from Chepstow via connecting stations. The station is a short walk or taxi journey from your accommodation.
Approximate journey times – From London Paddington 2.5 hours
Approximate journey times – From Manchester 3.5 hours

To/From Knighton
Travel by train to/from Knighton via connecting stations. The station is a short walk from your accommodation.
Approximate journey times – From London 4 hours
Approximate journey times – From Manchester 2.5 hours

By bus
Bus timetables are available to view online at www.traveline.org.uk

To/From Chepstow
The bus stop in Chepstow is a short walk or taxi journey from your accommodation.

To/From Knighton
The bus stop in Knighton is a short walk from your accommodation.

By Air

London Heathrow
To/From Chepstow
Trains run from Heathrow to London Paddington where you change trains to Chepstow.
Approximate journey times 3.25 hours.

To/From Knighton
Journey from Heathrow to London, via train or tube depending on routing, where you change to trains to Knighton.
Approximate journey times 5 hours.

Manchester Airport
To/From Chepstow
Trains run to/from Manchester Airport via connecting stations to Chepstow.
Approximate journey times 4 hours.

To/From Knighton
Trains run to/from Manchester Airport via connecting stations to Knighton.
Approximate journey times 3 hours.

Equipment List


Please remember to
1. Keep the weight of your day pack and walking/hiking equipment to a comfortable weight for you to carry

2. Keep your suitcase/luggage under the maximum transfer weight (Maximum: 20kg (44lbs)).

The following checklist is an aid to help you with your packing
Required
Walking/Hiking boots (worn in before your holiday)
Technical walking socks e.g. liner and thick outer socks
Trekking trousers (not jeans/denim)
Waterproof over trousers
Baselayer T-shirts and/or casual shirts
Fleece or warm jumper
Waterproof jacket
Spare warm layer (to carry in your rucksack)
Warm gloves
Warm hat
Sunhat
Rucksack (25 to 35 litres) and waterproof cover
Rucksack liner e.g. large plastic bag
Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
Basic First Aid Kit and personal medication
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Torch / flashlight
Whistle

Optional
Spare Laces
Gaiters
Shorts
Thermos flask for hot drinks
Antibacterial hand wash/wipes
Camera, film, batteries
Trekking poles
Sunglasses

Reviews


Dear Dean, Now I am back in Australia I’m just writing to say how much we enjoyed the Offa’s Dyke Path South and thank you for your organisation. All the accommodation was excellent and luggage arrangements worked well.…This was my third walk with North West walks and I continue to appreciate your efficient service and guidance.
With thanks, Sue Byrne, Australia, Offa's Dyke Path South Self-Guided, 2016

Hello everyone. My name is Bonnie and I was one of the party booked through …. that did the southern portion of Offa's Dyke last month. Just wanted to thank you all for the great arrangements, everything was excellent. We enjoyed the walk and all the interesting accommodations and the very kind hosts and hostesses. Your notes on reaching our evening accommodation, instructions for phoning re lunches and rides etc were very helpful for us…Thank you again for all your assistance and expertise, hope to do another hike through you in the future.
Bonnie, USA, Offa's Dyke Path South Self-Guided, 2016



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