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OFFA'S DYKE - SOUTHERN SECTION

A continuous walk from Kington to Chepstow

 

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 Southern Section

We’ll walk the southern 70 miles of the route south from the traditional English town of Kington to the city gates of Chepstow. Along the way we’ll encounter Hay-on-Wye at the end of arguably one of the best day’s walking on the entire route, the highest part on the trail on the Hatterall Ridge crossing the Black Mountains, and joining the lovely Wye Valley to pass Tintern Abbey as we walk towards journey’s end at Chepstow.




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 - Southern Section (Grade 5)
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    08 Oct 2017
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    GRADE 5
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  • Itinerary
    08 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017

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

    Day 2 - St Briavels
    Kington to Hay on Wye. This walk includes possibly the best part of the entire trail. From the Hergest Ridge there are lovely views of the Shropshire Hills and ahead to Hay Bluff and the Black Mountains. Beyond the small village of Gladestry, more open country follows as the trail crosses the smaller expanse of the Disgwyfla Hill before descending to a network of lanes. The highlight of the latter stages is Bettws Dingle, beyond which the path takes us to the River Wye. There follows a series of fields before the trail returns to the river on the edge of Hay on Wye. About 14½ miles, 500 meters ascent & 600 meters descent.

    Day 3 - St Briavels
    Hay on Wye to Llanthony. This is one of the most demanding days of the walks but is without doubt one of the most scenic. There is a steep climb up to Hay Bluff and through several fields before we reach the ridge. We then reach Hatterrall Hill where there are some fine views before descending to Llanthony with its Priory. About 13 miles, 600 meters ascent & 450 meters descent.

    Day 4 - St Briavels
    Longtown to Treadam. Our walks today are mainly across agricultural land as well as the trail taking us to White Castle, one of the best preserved of the Marcher castles. Finally, we reach the village of Treadam. About 12 miles, 525 meters ascent & 625 meters ascent.

    Day 5 - St Briavels
    Llantilio Crossenny / Treadam to Monmouth. The path sets off along the road before joining the River Trothy. The trail continues along the river valley. Our approach to the town of Monmouth is over the mound of King’s Wood. About 9¾ miles, 200 meters ascent & 230 meters descent.

    Day 6 - St Briavels
    Monmouth to St Briavels. The original route of the trail follows the beautiful Wye Valley, characterised by wooded slopes high above the gently flowing river finishing at our hotel near the unusual hilltop village of St Briavels. About 9½ miles, 450 meters ascent & 430 meters descent.

    Day 7 - St Briavels
    St Briavels to Chepstow via Tintern Abbey. Journeys end is in sight as we carry out the final walk of this holiday. About 12 miles, 300 meters ascent & 330 meters descent.

    Day 8 - St Briavels
    Departure after breakfast.


  • Accommodation
    Lindors Country House Hotel

    We stay for seven nights at the cosy three-star Lindors Country House Hotel near St Briavels.

    Sitting above the Wye Valley in nine acres of beautiful gardens with streams and little waterfalls, Lindors Country House is an idyllic base from which to walk the southern part of the Offa's Dyke Path. Enjoy the comfortable lounges, where you can be served drinks by friendly staff or the pleasant restaurant, providing good food, sourced locally whenever possible. There’s also an attractive good-sized heated indoor pool.
    Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Rooms are en-suite and have tea and coffee making facilities and TVs.

    Accommodation is on a half board basis with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Picnic lunches are not included but can be purchased from the hotel if requested in advance.

     

  • What's Included

    PRICE INCLUDES:

    • Half board en-suite accommodation.
    • Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary.

    Price based on twin and single occupancy rooms with private facilities. No single room supplement Please note that single rooms without supplements are subject to availability.


  • Holiday Highlights

    HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Walking the beautiful Wye Valley.
    • Ascending the Hatterall Ridge.

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    NO Single Room Supplement for Solo & Single Travellers

    The availability of single rooms is limited, as is the number if single rooms available without supplement.

    If booking online, for holidays advertised with no single room supplement, if you book a place in a twin room you should not assume that this room will be allocated for your sole use.

    We may be able to obtain additional single rooms or allocate a twin room or double room for sole use, however an additional cost may be levied.

    Share a twin room with another solo traveller
    You can often avoid a single supplement if you are willing to share a twin room with another group member of the same sex, as we can accommodate this on most holidays. Sharers are required to adhere to a no-smoking policy and to reasonable norms of behaviour. If we are unable to find you a suitable sharer, we may allocate you a single room at no additional cost.


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


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