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Offa’s Dyke Path – South Section

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Homepage > Wales > Offa’s Dyke Path – South Section
  • Duration: 8 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily 1st April to 15th October
  • Location: Chepstow
Tour Details

Running along the border between England and Wales is Offa’s Dyke Path, a beautiful trail with 177 miles. Travelling from the Severn Estuary in the south to Prestatyn on the north coast, it’s a beautiful hiking trail. The southern section of the trail runs from Chepstow to Knighton and is beautiful with a varied landscape of 79 miles. Not only is the landscape stunning but you shall be passing through ancient hamlets where time seems to have passed by. Some interesting ancient monuments will be passed during your walking vacation from Castles, Priories to historic villages and towns. The highest section will be climbed on days five and six where you shall reach an elevation of 2300 feet, 700m.

Starting Location

Chepstow

Price Includes

  • 8 nights bed and breakfast
  • Trail Blazers guide book and map
  • Information Pack
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Supplement
  • Flights
  • Public Transport
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra nights
Trip Info

Difficulty

The Trail passes through many different types of landscape from open farmland to remote moorland. On the southern section of the route, the highest point is 2300 feet, 700m on days five and six.

Signage:

The route is well signposted

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Chepstow

Chepstow, nestled in the Brecon Beacons National Park, is a cosy town with convenient transport links and impressive scenery. Visitors can either drive or take the train. There are also buses to connect travellers with daily bus and coach trips.

Day 2Chepstow to Tintern/St Brivals/Bigsweir Bridge – approx. 12.8-16km / 8-10 miles

You’ll find spectacular views overlooking the castle and the confluence of two rivers at Chepstow. The Dyke path leads its way through limestone cliffs in the Wye Valley AONB. After a walk past Sedbury Cliffs, you’ll find yourself looking down on Tintern Abbey from Devil’s Pulpit.

Day 3Tintern/St Brivals/Bigsweir Bridge to Monmouth approx. 14.5-18km/ 9-11 miles

The River Wye provides a gentle guide as you take on an unforgettable journey. You can wander over England and Wales as you pass through the villages of Bredbury and Redbrook. In Monmouth, you can find the market town that is bustling with life. Along the way, you’ll see the beautiful hills and valleys of this marvellous landscape.

Day 4Monmouth to Llangattock Lingoed approx. 22km /13 miles

This is untouched Wales. The region takes you through Wales’ countryside that has been largely untouched for centuries past. You’ll have a chance to see green, rolling hills and wide-open farmland where your route skirts the edges of the Black Mountains. Here, the scenery is beginning to change, but you can see other landmarks along the way like ancient castles and forts. The White Castle is one of the most notable, which is part of the Three Castles route.

Day 5Llangattock Lingoed to Longtown/Llanthony approx. 14km/9 miles (plus 1.5 miles descent to accommodation)

Today, you’ll walk from Llangattock to the Black Mountains. You’ll see Wales’ more distinctive, rugged peaks as you travel through the countryside. The only buildings for miles are old, abandoned farmhouses and small villages.

The Offa’s Dyke Trail begins as it climbs gently. Take time along the way to visit the Iron Age fort of Pentwyn and explore the first leg of Hatterrall before descending into the village of Longtown or Llanthony depending on your overnight accommodation.

Day 6 Longtown/Llanthony to Hay-on-Wye approx. 18km/11 miles (+1.5 miles ascent to back to the trail).

There are many uphill sections on this route, but the view is worth it. Remember, you can find the highest elevation of this hike here – at 2300 ft (700m). The other thing you can expect to find on the high-level route is the best views. This stretch of countryside is nothing short of beautiful and remote.  As you descend the mountain, you’ll see Llanthony Priory. It’s a short walk and offers a scenic respite as well as an opportunity to stop and take a drink in the Priory Cellar Bar.

Day 7Hay-on-Wye to Kington approx. 24km / 15 miles

Today’s route starts along the banks of the River Wye. The path reaches the edge of the woodlands and backs out into open fields before climbing up to Disgwylfa Hill, with views stretching over Radnorshire. If you want to see the hills of Wales, today’s route is for you. Kington is a charming, picturesque town in England that retains much of its original charm with 16th-century architecture and welcoming taverns. The winding streets lead through the town right to the English border, where you can find many other walker towns.

Day 8 Kington to Knighton approx. 22km/14 miles

In this section, we see the Dyke becoming more prominent and starting to build in height as you make your way over Rushock Hill. This route gives you a view of the surrounding countryside that no one can compete with. It’s likely the designers made this path to provide a good vantage point for spotting potential ‘trouble’ from afar. In Knighton, you can visit the Offa’s Dyke Centre. This ancient settlement offers some interesting insights, including Offa’s Dyke Passport.

Day 9Departure

After breakfast you can depart on your onward journey.

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How to get there

Both ends of the southern trail can easily be reached by train. Chepstow station is about 2 miles / 3 kilometres from the southern end of the Trail and there is also a rail station at Knighton.

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