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Trail Facts

Total distance: 177 miles (283 km)
Duration: 8 nights, 7 days running
Minimum daily distance: 17.5 miles (28 km)
Maximum daily distance: 31 miles (50 km)
Code: R-ODP2

Grade: Challenging
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 Llangattock Lingoed. 31 miles (50km)

Day 3: Llangattock Lingoed to Hay-on-Wye. 21 miles (34km)

Day 4: Hay-on-Wye to Knighton. 29 miles (46km)

Day 5: Knighton to Montgomery. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 6: Montgomery to Trefonen. 26 miles (42km)

Day 7: Trefonen to Llanferres (ODP). 30 miles (48km)

Day 8: Llanferres (ODP) to Prestatyn. 22 miles (35km)

Day 9: 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 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.


What's included?

  • 8 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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