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The most challenging section of the entire Offa’s Dyke route. We’ll walk approximately 66 miles of the central section south from Chirk to Kington.

Guided Walking Holidays Offas Dyke - Central Section

The Offa's Dyke Path

The path runs for 177 miles from Prestatyn on the North Wales coast to Chepstow on the Severn Estuary. The route follows the ancient barrier which was built by Offa, the King of Mercia, in the 8th century to protect his kingdom from his rivals in what is now Wales.

We walk each section from north to south over six days, returning each night to our comfortable hotel.

The dyke transverses hugely diverse scenery along its route. To some the southern section through the Black Mountains past the ruins of Tintern Abbey and Llanthony Priory will be the highlight. Others might prefer the Clwydian Hills and the relatively modern aqueducts on the Llangollen canal. However, some who walk the mid section through the Welsh Marches may consider that more rolling countryside and appealing market towns offer a very different but equally appealing experience. We suggest you try all three sections before deciding on your favourite. If you walk all three routes the total walking distance is about 186 miles, which is slightly longer than the official path. This is due to short walks to and from the trail.

The Central Section

The most challenging section of the entire Offa’s Dyke route. We’ll walk approximately 66 miles of the central section south from Chirk to the traditional English town of Kington. We will walk the cliffs of Llanymynech Hills, ascend Beacon Ring and walk on the highest point of the trail before reaching our destination at Kington.

You might also be interested in the northern and southern sections of the Offa's Dyke Path.

You might also like to read a travel blog from a previous traveller who's walked all three sections of the trail.


Holiday Highlights

  • Ascend Beacon Ring and walk on the highest point of the trail.
  • Take in the views of Montgomery & Corndon Hill.
  • Discover rolling countryside and market towns along the way. 
  • Sense of achievement hiking the most challenging section of the entire route. 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en-suite accommodation.
      Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 6

  1. Day 1

    Independent travel to the Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6:30pm in the hotel bar for a briefing before dinner. All evening meals are taken in the hotel restaurant. 

  2. Day 2

    Chirk to Porth-y-Waen - This walk takes us through varied countryside with woods, farmland and open heath plus an introduction to the type of terrain that led Offa’s Dyke to be called ‘not the longest, not the highest, but the best’ long distance path. It is a great introduction to the days to follow – we meet the Dyke properly for the first time and walk along it for most of the day.

  3. Day 3

    Porth-y-Waen to Buttington - We start at Llanymynech Hill where copper ores were mined over 2000 years ago. Subsequently its limestone was quarried for agricultural and industrial uses with production boosted hugely in the 19th century when the canal and railway were built. The site is now a nature reserve with a variety of butterflies, plants and bird life. After ups and downs of yesterday, this section has just one hill, which comes right at the start and then it is mostly flat following the River Severn and the Montgomery Canal.

  4. Day 4

    Buttington to Brompton Crossroads - Today’s walk is packed with variety as it tracks through border country. We ascend Beacon Ring gradually over 4 miles. The morning involves climbing up and around a feature called Lon Mountain, up above the Severn flood plain and then the afternoon brings us to the Vale of Montgomery.

  5. Day 5

    Brompton via Churchtown to Newcastle - We begin by passing through lush rolling countryside and the route becomes hilly as we traverse a series of river valleys flowing across our path. The day is slightly shorter than the others on this holiday but includes climbing as we cross five switchback hills. 

  6. Day 6

    Newcastle to Knighton - Leaving the small village of Newcastle, this walk is made up of fairly gentle hills. Although a hilly walk, there are excellent views to finish overlooking Knighton. The day is short but scenic with two climbs and great ridge walking with superb views. We will see some of the best examples of the Dyke anywhere on the whole route on this section.

  7. Day 7

    Knighton to Kington - Leaving an area overlooking the small town of Knighton, this walk is made up of fairly gentle hills, finishing in Kington. Offa’s Dyke is your constant companion today. Although hilly the final stretch of the walk is relatively straightforward with excellent views. You will see some of the best examples of the whole route of the dyke in today’s section and this is a classic finish to the walk with a bit of everything – spectacular scenery, well preserved dyke, switchback hills and deep valleys.

  8. Day 8

    Independent departure is after breakfast. Check out of the hotel is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon. 

Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

The Royal Oak

The three star Royal Oak Hotel is centrally situated in Welshpool, known as the Gateway to Wales and has 25 individually styled bedrooms. The hotel has kept its historic features and all rooms and are well equipped with everything you need in the modern world. All rooms have flat screen TVs, tea & coffee making facilities and hairdryers. The hotel offers free on-site parking and complimentary Wi-Fi. 

Due to the nature of the old building and its listed status we regret to inform you the hotel does not have a lift and many rooms require access via stairs.