Follow the 177 miles (285 km) Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail from coast to coast, from Prestatyn in North Wales to Chepstow in South Wales. In our view, it is one of the most varied, wild, and scenic of all the trails. The flora and fauna are as rich and as varied as the historical sights and landscapes.
Prestatyn to Knighton
8 Nights, 7 Days Walking
Day 1: Own Arrival to your first accommodation
Day 2: Prestatyn to Bodfari 12 miles (19km)
Crossing fields, tracks and country lanes with lovely views towards Snowdonia and the Clwydian hills, your first day’s walking is a moderate introduction to what lies ahead.
Day 3: Bodfari to Clwyd Gate 11.5 miles (18.5km)
More challenging day as you face the first part of the Clwydian hills. The highest point of the range Moel Famau,”The Mother Mountain” is AONB protected and its Jubilee Tower is clearly visible during the walk.
Day 4: Clwyd Gate to Llangollen 13.5 miles (21.5km)
Leaving the Clwydian Hills behind you , you enter the Llandegla Forest, before descending to World’s End and ultimately to Dinas Bran Castle and stunning town of Llangollen, famous for its International Eisteddfod.
Day 5: Llangollen to Trefonen 16.5 miles (26.5km)
The aptly named “Panorama Walk” above Llangollen takes you down to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (World Heritage Site). Remains of the original Dyke can be seen as you approach Chirk Castle (National Trust). The walk ends at the small village of Trefonen where the local pub is the home of the Offa’s Dyke Brewery.
Day 6: Trefonen to Welshpool 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Today’s walk is actually along the border between England and Wales as you traverse through woodland to the limestone crags and quarries of Llanymynnech Rocks Nature Reserve. The route levels out as you follow the tow-path of the Montgomery Canal to the outskirts of the market town of Welshpool.
Day 7: Welshpool to Brompton Crossroads 12 miles (19km)
Climbing to the site of an Iron Age hill fort, Beacon Ring, is the first test today before crossing the plain of Montgomery with the Dyke very much in evidence throughout. Montgomery with its elegant town-houses, ruined castle and Michelin star restaurant will probably be your base for the evening.
Day 8: Brompton Crossroads to Knighton 15 miles (24 km)
A quite strenuous day along undulating sections known as the “Switchbacks”, followed by rolling hills and woods ending at Knighton “Tre’r Clawdd (translated as The Town on the Dyke) and Offa’s Dyke Information Centre.
Day 9: Own Departure from your last accommodation
PLEASE NOTE THIS ITINERARY CAN BE REVERSED STARTING IN KNIGHTON AND ENDING IN PRESTATYN