Offa's Dyke Path

Overview

Trail Details
>   Prices from: £ 945.00 per person
>   Start / Finish: Chepstow / Prestatyn
>   Distance: 177 miles (285 km)
>   Duration: 12 to 15 days according to choice
>   Availability: Any Start Date from April to October
>   Grading: Demanding
>   This National Trail is well way-marked with White Acorn signs

Offa's Dyke Path Highlights

  • The Border Country of England and Wales
  • Historic Castles and Abbeys dating From 1066
  • Border towns and attractive villages including Monmouth, Hay-on-Wye, Knighton, Montgomery and Welshpool
  • Walking in the wonderful Wye Valley


The Offa’s Dyke Path is a popular National Trail which stretches 177 miles from the Severn Estuary near Chepstow to the coast of North Wales at Prestatyn.

The route passes through no less than 8 different counties and crosses the border between England and Wales over 20 times. The Trail explores the tranquil Marches and passes through the Brecon Beacons National Park on the spectacular Hatterall Ridge. In addition it links no less than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Wye Valley, the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Hills.

Offa's Dyke is believed to date from the late 8th Century when King Offa ordered a great dyke to be built to mark the western boundary of his kingdom with Wales stretching from sea to sea. In places it is still visible as a bank up to 25 feet high with a deep ditch alongside.

For over half its length the route keeps company with Offa's Dyke but the landscape varies throughout the journey. It passes through remarkable scenery of great beauty and variety ranging from the woodlands of the spectacular Wye Gorge to the windswept ridges of the Black Mountains and from the rolling hills and secluded valleys of mid-Wales to the heather-clad Clwydian Hills.

Along the way it visits a succession of historic border towns and attractive villages including Monmouth, Hay-on-Wye, Knighton, Montgomery and Welshpool. The walled towns, castles and remains of fortifications are visually stunning and of great historical interest. These include Chepstow Castle, the first stone fortress built in Wales; Tintern Abbey on the banks of the River Wye, one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales, and magnificent Powis Castle at Welshpool.