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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.
  • Product Code 78717
  • Holiday Type Continuous Route Holidays
  • Grade Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

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.

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


  • Reaching the highest point of the path.
  • Views of Montgomery & Corndon Hill.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats 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.
    Price based on sharing a room with private facilities. 
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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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.

  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. About 11.5 miles and 621 metres of ascent/descent.

  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 birdlife. About 12.8 miles and 181 metres of ascent.

  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. About 11.7 miles and 575 metres of ascent.

  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. About 9.2 miles and 696 metres of ascent.

  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. About 10 miles and 548 metres of ascent/descent.

  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. About 10.8 miles and 751 metres of ascent/descent.

  8. Day 8

    Departure after breakfast. Check out is by 11am.

Travel Details

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

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The Royal Oak

The three star Royal Oak Hotel is situated in Welshpool 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.


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.