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.

We also offer the Offa's Dyke Path as a walking holiday, for those looking to enjoy this trail at a gentler pace. Click here to find out more.

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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


6 nights
5 days running

Grade: Strenuous


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


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


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


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


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


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Tour code: R-ODP1

Price £670 per person


8 nights
7 days running

Grade: Challenging


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

Llangattock Lingoed

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


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


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


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


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

Llanferres (ODP)

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


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Tour code: R-ODP2

Price £760 per person


11 nights
10 days running

Grade: Moderate


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


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


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


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


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


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

Brompton Crossroads(T)

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


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


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

Llanferres (ODP)

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


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Tour code: R-ODP3

Price £955 per person


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: £30 per person / per night

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

  • Extra night (Standard): £55 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.
  • Useful information and travel links to assist you in travelling to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it
  • Emergency assistance.

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:


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.


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.


For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit 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).
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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