Sharing a mindset with Emperor Hadrian, the Welsh King Offa built his 8th-century Dyke as a barrier between Wales and England.

Extending 177 miles (285 km) from Prestatyn to Chepstow, often on or alongside the original Dyke, this challenging trail-running route offers both hills and rewards aplenty, with glorious vistas and little-seen views into secluded valleys.

Offa's Dyke Path
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In places the dyke remains as much as 25 feet high. Nothing quite beats the joy of galloping along on raised ground such as these windswept ridges.

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Map of Offa's Dyke Path

Route facts

  • Length 177 miles (283 km)
  • Ascent 30436 ft (9277 m)
  • High point 2306 ft (703 m)
  • Ascent per km 33 m
  • Start and Finish
  • Chepstow/Prestatyn
  • Grade
  • Moderate to Strenuous  
  • Season
  • 2nd January to 24th December

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  • Tintern Abbey and the River Wye

    Tintern Abbey and the River Wye.

  • Crossing Furrow Hill to the Lugg Valley

    Crossing Furrow Hill to the Lugg Valley.

  • Looking over the River Wye

    Looking over the River Wye.

Trail profile

Offa's Dyke Path Route Profile

Itineraries

6 nights
5 days running

Grade: Strenuous

Chepstow

56 km (35 miles) and 1611 m (5285 ft) ascent

Pandy

70 km (44 miles) and 2223 m (7293 ft) ascent

Knighton

64 km (40 miles) and 1723 m (5653 ft) ascent

Llanymynech

58 km (36 miles) and 2283 m (7490 ft) ascent

Llangollen

35 km (22 miles) and 1447 m (4747 ft) ascent

Prestatyn

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Tour code: TODP-1

Price £650 per person

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8 nights
7 days running

Grade: Challenging

Chepstow

50 km (31 miles) and 1507 m (4944 ft) ascent

Llangattock Lingoed

34 km (21 miles) and 838 m (2749 ft) ascent

Hay-on-Wye

46 km (29 miles) and 1491 m (4892 ft) ascent

Knighton

28 km (17.5 miles) and 1203 m (3947 ft) ascent

Montgomery

42 km (26 miles) and 947 m (3107 ft) ascent

Trefonen

48 km (30 miles) and 1864 m (6115 ft) ascent

Llanferres (ODP)

35 km (22 miles) and 1447 m (4747 ft) ascent

Prestatyn

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Tour code: TODP-2

Price £735 per person

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11 nights
10 days running

Grade: Moderate

Chepstow

28 km (17.5 miles) and 1000 m (3281 ft) ascent

Monmouth

28 km (17.5 miles) and 610 m (2001 ft) ascent

Pandy

28 km (17.5 miles) and 734 m (2408 ft) ascent

Hay-on-Wye

24 km (15 miles) and 709 m (2326 ft) ascent

Kington

22 km (14 miles) and 785 m (2575 ft) ascent

Knighton

23 km (14.5 miles) and 1160 m (3806 ft) ascent

Brompton Crossroads

38 km (24 miles) and 565 m (1854 ft) ascent

Llanymynech

29 km (18 miles) and 1060 m (3478 ft) ascent

Trevor

28 km (17.5 miles) and 1222 m (4009 ft) ascent

Llanferres (ODP)

35 km (22 miles) and 1447 m (4747 ft) ascent

Prestatyn

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Tour code: TODP-3

Price £850 per person

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Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are running on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:

  • Solo Runner Supplement: £35 per person / per night
  • Single Supplement: £20 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

  • Extra night (Standard): £50 per person / per night

The price you pay includes:

  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Detailed travel information is sent to you on booking, but we have provided a summary below.

Air

The most convenient major cities and international airports are Bristol International and Rhoose-Cardiff International Airport.

Rail

There is a railway station at the start of the trail (Chepstow), located close to the town centre and a short walk from most accommodations. There is a railway station at the end of the trail (Prestatyn), within walking distance of most accommodations.

From London – Trains run regularly between Heathrow or Gatwick Airports and Chepstow. There is a fast and frequent rail service between London Paddington and Chepstow. From Prestatyn, there are regular trains to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, as well as London Euston.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (Chepstow) is by taking a train from Prestatyn to Chepstow.
As the Offa’s Dyke Path is one of the most popular trails in the UK, it’s no surprise that many of the towns and villages along the way welcome holidaymakers and cater extensively for everyone, leaving you spoilt for choice when adding extra rest nights into your trail running holiday.

The traditional county town of Monmouth is a good choice for a rest day for example, particularly for runners interested in the local history. The town was the site of a small Roman fort and became established after the Normans built a castle here; its medieval stone gated bridge is the only one of its kind remaining in Britain. Monmouth also acts as a popular shopping and service centre for visitors and makes an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding rural area.

The sleepy town of Hay-on-Wye is another popular option, particularly if you are keen on books; over 30 book stores jostle for position here, residing in houses, shops, the old cinema and even the ramshackle stone castle. As well as literature and all of the usual amenities, Hay-on-Wye offers a vast range of outdoor activities, ranging from cycling, swimming, bowling and fishing to canoeing, caving, abseiling and even courses in bushcraft and survival.

Knighton, with its quaint narrow streets, central clock tower and 'narrows' lined with interesting little shops, is a good choice for an extra night. The town caters for people of all tastes, whether you are looking for a place to relax or a base from which to actively explore the surrounding areas. There are also plenty of places providing good food and drinks, as well as a District Sports Centre containing a swimming pool and fitness suite for those needing some gentle recovery exercise before continuing on the trail.

You could also consider the historic market town of Montgomery, with its pretty timber-framed houses and mixture of Georgian and Victorian architecture. The town has a thriving community that welcomes visitors with warm, friendly accommodation and plenty of places to eat, drink and relax surrounded by beautiful countryside. Those interested in cars can visit Cloverlands Model Car Collection Museum, while budding historians can visit the spectacular ruins of Montgomery Castle, where touring theatre companies often perform during the summer.

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