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OFFA'S DYKE - NORTHERN SECTION

A continuous walk from Prestatyn to Chirk.

 

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 Northern Section

We’ll walk the first 50 miles or so of the route southwards from Prestatyn to Chirk Castle on the edge of England, passing through the highest of the Clwydian Hills and crossing the Dee Valley. We’ll walk on heather clad hills, past iron age forts, before descending to World’s End and crossing the Pontcysyllte aqueduct towards Chirk, the end of our trail.  




WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding.



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    Offa's Dyke - Northern Section (Grade 5)
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    13 May 2017
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    7
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    GRADE 5
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    Offa's Dyke - Northern Section (Grade 5)
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    24 Jun 2017
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    7
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    Offa's Dyke - Northern Section (Grade 5)
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    23 Sep 2017
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    7
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  • Itinerary
    13 May 2017 - 20 May 2017

    Day 1 - Pentre Halkyn
    Arrival Day. Check in from 2pm and meet your leader and walking companions.

    Day 2 - Pentre Halkyn
    Prestatyn to Rhuallt. The walk starts from the beach at Prestatyn and ascends up into the start of the Clwydian hills. Weather permitting there are splendid views from Great Orme Head to the Cumbrian Mountains if it’s clear enough. In the afternoon the coastal views are replaced by the sweeping expanse of the Vale of Clwyd. The terrain is undulating and the walk ends at the village of Rhuallt. About 8 miles, 1600ft / 500 metres of ascent, and about 5½ hours of walking.

    Day 3 - Pentre Halkyn
    Rhuallt to Pen-Y-Cloddiau. A day of heather clad hills and Iron Age forts. After the initial ascent from Rhuallt the trail offers lofty views of the surrounding valleys before dropping down to the village of Bodfari. After a steady ascent the trail stays mainly elevated and follows a series of hilltops towards Moel Arthur to meet the transport home. On some hilltops the remains of Iron Age forts can clearly be seen. About 8½ miles, 2800ft / 750 metres of ascent and about 5½ hours of walking.

    Day 4 - Pentre Halkyn
    Pen-Y-Cloddiau to Clwyd Gate. A day of traversing the grassy peaks and slopes of the lower Clwydian range. After the initial fairly steep but short ascent the trail stays mainly elevated to reach Moel Famau, the highest point on the Clwydian range. After this the trail follows the contours of the ridge of hills which form the southern end of the Clwyds. Here there are more hill forts and views of the Vale of Clwyd to the west and the Alun Valley to the east. About 8½ miles, 2000ft / 600 metres of ascent and about 4 hours walking.

    Day 5 - Pentre Halkyn
    Clwyd Gate to Worlds End. This is a generally easier days walking through gentle countryside and the Llandegla woods where refreshments can be taken at the Church. The walk ends at World’s End where we can see the start of tomorrows spectacular cliff walk. About 9 miles, 1850ft / 560 meters of ascent and about 4½ hours walking.

    Day 6 - Pentre Halkyn
    World’s End to Llangollen. From the start the trail hugs the base of the spectacular limestone escarpment before descending to Llangollen town. From the trail, known as the ‘Panorama Walk’ the first views of the beautiful Dee Valley can be seen. The walk will take in the atmospheric Dinas Bran Castle atop its imposing and commanding position in the Dee Valley. The castle was said to be a possible burial site of the Holy Grail of Arthurian legends. There should be time to explore the town which sits astride the tumbling River Dee and with its heritage steam railway. About 6½ miles, 1200ft / 350 metres of ascent and about 4 hours walking.

    Day 7 - Pentre Halkyn
    Llangollen to Chirk. From the town the trail takes us back up to continue the Panorama Walk until it descends to cross the Dee via the spectacular Pontcysyllte aqueduct which was built by Thomas Telford to carry the Llangollen canal. The aqueduct, which is a world heritage site, is over 1000ft long and stands 126ft above the River Dee. From here the rest of the walk is over fairly gentle countryside to reach Chirk. There will be the opportunity to visit Chirk Castle or even the Chirk aqueduct which also carries the canal over the River Dee. About 8½ miles, 1300ft / 375 metres of ascent and about 4 hours walking.

    Day 8 - Holywell
    Departure after breakfast.


  • Accommodation
    The Springfield Hotel

    We stay at the warm and welcoming three-star Springfield Hotel in Pentre Halkyn, which has stunning views over the Dee Estuary. The hotel is based around an old hunting lodge which has now been extended. Guests have free use of the hotel’s indoor pool, sauna and gym.

    Breakfasts and dinners are taken at the hotel, where you can savour the excellent food. Packed lunches are also provided. You can enjoy a drink at the Springfield Bar whilst taking in its beautiful views of the Wirral and the Dee Estuary.

    The hotel has complimentary Wi-Fi with good connectivity in the lounge but a patchier signal in the bedrooms.

     

  • 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:

    • Crossing the Clwydian Hills. 
    • The Pontcysyllte aqueduct.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures

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

    Parking is available at the hotel.

    The nearest railway stations are at Flint or Prestatyn. Flint is closer to the hotel and is therefore a shorter journey by taxi.

    There is a taxi rank at Prestatyn station and a taxi will cost approximately £30 to reach the hotel.
    A taxi can be pre-booked from Flint station for approximately £7. (Flint Cars 01352 731 000)
    The hotel can prebook taxis for you for your departure.


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