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Trail Facts

Total distance: 177 miles (283 km)
Duration: 11 nights, 10 days running
Minimum daily distance: 14 miles (22 km)
Maximum daily distance: 24 miles (38 km)
Code: R-ODP3

Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Chepstow
End of holiday: Prestatyn


Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Chepstow where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Chepstow to Monmouth. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 3: Monmouth to Pandy. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 4: Pandy to Hay-on-Wye. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 5: Hay-on-Wye to Kington. 15 miles (24km)

Day 6: Kington to Knighton. 14 miles (22km)

Day 7: Knighton to Brompton Crossroads(T). 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 8: Brompton Crossroads(T) to Llanymynech. 24 miles (38km)

Day 9: Llanymynech to Trevor. 18 miles (29km)

Day 10: Trevor to Llanferres (ODP). 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 11: Llanferres (ODP) to Prestatyn. 22 miles (35km)

Day 12: Depart from Prestatyn after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.


Extra nights / rest days

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.


What's included?

  • 11 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • 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.

Travel Information

Air

The most convenient international airports for the start of the trail (Chepstow) are the Rhoose-Cardiff Airport and Bristol Airport. From the Rhoose Cardiff Airport, take a train to Chepstow, usually via a transfer at Cardiff Central Railway Station. From Bristol Airport, take a bus to Bristol Bus Station, where you can then take a second bus to Chepstow.

Rail

There is a railway station at the start of the trail (Chepstow), and at the end of the trail (Prestatyn).

From London - Trains run regularly between Heathrow or Gatwick Airports and Chepstow. There are regular train services running between London Paddington and Chepstow. From Prestatyn, there are regular train services 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 (reduced service on Sundays).

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