Offa's Dyke Path
The Offa's Dyke Path National Trail is a long distance footpath that follows the 8th Century Offa's Dyke from the Severn Estuary in the South West of England to the Irish Sea on the North Wales coast. It is thought that the dyke was constructed to divide King Offa's Kingdom of Mercia from rival kingdoms to the east in land that is now Wales. The Offa's Dyke trail was opened in 1971. It starts at Sedbury Cliffs south of Chepstow and passes through eight counties on its way to the coastal town of Prestatyn. Along the way you will cross the English/Welsh border multiple times and experience changing landscapes including the beautiful Wye Valley, the impressive Brecon Beacons National Park, the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Range.
- 173 miles / 279 kms
- 30604 feet / 9328 metres
- 12-16 days
- Sedbury Cliffs - Prestatyn
The Offa's Dyke Path is within the ability of all reasonably fit walkers. The trail is well signposted so navigation is simple. Most guidebooks assume walkers start in Chepstow and walk north but of course you can walk north to south and finish in Chepstow.
The walking distances each day will vary depending on the accommodation you choose each night. Large groups may need to use hotels and inns in towns and villages nearby. The hotels and inns you stay with can provide a packed lunch, which you collect on departure. Accommodation in the more rural sections of the trail can be difficult to find especially during the summer. You may need to use local taxis to transport you between your accommodation and the path.
12 Days - Part 1 - 107 miles / 174 kms
Day 1 - Chepstow to Monmouth - 17 miles / 28 kms
Day 2 - Monmouth to Pandy - 16 miles / 26 kms
Day 3 - Pandy to Hay-on-Wye - 16 miles / 26 kms
Day 4 - Hay-on-Wye to Kington - 15 miles / 24 kms
Day 5 - Kington to Knighton - 13 miles / 21 kms
Day 6 - Knighton to Montgomery - 17 miles / 28 kms (1.5 miles / 2 kms off-trail)
Day 7 - Montgomery to Buttington/Welshpool - 13 miles / 21 kms (2.5 miles / 4 kms off-trail)
12 Days - Part 2 - 77 miles / 125 kms
Day 8 - Buttington/Welshpool to Trefonen* - 17 miles / 28 kms (1.5 miles / 2 kms off-trail)
Day 9 - Trefonen to Llangollen - 17 miles / 27 kms (1.5 miles / 2 kms off-trail)
Day 10 - Llangollen to Ruthin (depart trail near A494) - 17 miles / 28 kms (4 miles / 6 kms off-trail)
Day 11 - Ruthin to Bodfari - 14 miles / 23 kms (2.5 miles / 4 kms off-trail)
Day 12 - Bodfari to Prestatyn - 12 miles / 19 kms
* At Trefonen there are several B&Bs but you may wish to stop for a pint at the village pub and then order a taxi the short distance into Oswestry.
You can travel to and from both ends of the trail by train. Chepstow has regular services to Cardiff, Gloucester and Birmingham. From Prestatyn there are direct services to Holyhead, Manchester, Birmingham and London. If you would like to divide the trail into two sections there is a train station at Welshpool that has train services to Aberystwyth, Shrewsbury and Birmingham.
Offa's Dyke South
The southern section of the trail from Chepstow to Knighton at a scale of 1:40,000
Offa's Dyke North
The northern section of the trail from Knighton to Prestatyn at a scale of 1:40,000
Book of maps which shows the route on Ordnance Survey Explorer map tiles (1:25,000)
Hotels & Inns
We have listed some of the better hotels and inns with links to TripAdvisor where you can read customer reviews and check prices and availability. If you like an early start, when booking accommodation check the time breakfast is served in the morning. All should be able to provide packed lunches. For those finishing late, check when evening meals end.