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OFFA'S DYKE - CENTRAL SECTION

From Chirk to Kington

 

The Path

The Offa’s Dyke 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.




WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent. These walks are in more remote areas such as the Alps or northern Portugal. Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.




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    Offa's Dyke - Central Section (Grade 6)
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    20 May 2017
    Nights
    7
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    GRADE 6
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    Offa's Dyke - Central Section (Grade 6)
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    01 Jul 2017
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    7
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    Offa's Dyke - Central Section (Grade 6)
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    30 Sep 2017
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    GRADE 6
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  • Itinerary
    20 May 2017 - 27 May 2017

    Day 1 - Welshpool
    Arrival day. Check in on arrival from 2pm and meet your leader and walking companions.

    Day 2 - Welshpool
    Chirk to Porth-y-wean. 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. About 10.4 miles and 621 meters of ascent/descent.

    Day 3 - Welshpool
    Llanymynech Hill 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 birdlife. About 12.17 miles and 181 meters of ascent.

    Day 4 - Welshpool
    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. About 11 miles and 575 meters of ascent.

    Day 5 - Welshpool
    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. About 7 miles and 696 meters of ascent.

    Day 6 - Welshpool
    Newcastle to Knighton. Leaving the small town of Knighton, this walk is made up of fairly gentle hills. 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. About 7.3 miles and 548 meters of ascent/descent.

    Day 7 - Welshpool
    Knighton to Kingston. Leaving the small town of Knighton, this walk is made up of fairly gentle hills. 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. About 13 miles and 751 meters of ascent/descent.

    Day 8 - Welshpool
    Departure after breakfast.


  • Accommodation

    We stay at The Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool for seven nights, a three star hotel central to our trail for the week. We include half board at the hotel throughout and include packed lunches on the walks.

  • What's Included

    PRICE INCLUDES:

    • Half board en-suite accommodation.
    • Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary.
    Price based on sharing a room with private facilities. Supplement for single room £98

  • Holiday Highlights

    HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Reaching the highest point of the path.
    • Views of Montgomery & Corndon Hill.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.


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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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