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.