Offa’s Dyke Path

Offa’s Dyke Path: A summary

Day 1: Prestatyn to Bodfari (***)

Offa’s Dyke Path begins in the coastal town of Prestatyn. From there you start with a rather steep climb to about 250 metres. After that there are mostly stretches of green meadows and fields, where you get the company of cows, sheep and the occasional llama. It then goes up and down until the little village of Bodfari, where the wonderful Clwydian range waits upon you.

Day 2: Bodfari to Clwyd Gate (****)

On day 2 you walk in the Clwydian range, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and rightly so. It is a succession of hill tops and shoulders, going up and down, between 450 and 555 metres. It is quite a challenging part, but the view is more than worth it. It is truly an amazing walking experience.

Day 3: Clwyd Gate – Llangollen (*****)

The day begins with the last hills of the Clwydian Range. After that the path descends into the small village of Llandegla, where you walk through its epynomous forest. Once out of the woods, you walk amidst the colourful heather. A small passage of roadwalking leads you to World’s end and the Eglwyseg crags, with its screes and a view over the Dee valley. After an hour you reach the town of Llangollen, also being able to admire the splendid ruin of Dinas Brân.

Day 4: Llangollen – Chirk (***)

Relatively short stage. The first two kilometres the path follows the Panorama Walk, looking over the Dee Valley . After that you pass through Trevor Hall Wood and over the famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct, that is part of the Llangollen canal. The path follows the canal until it meanders back to green fields and meadows. There you can actually see Offa’s Dyke, along with Chirk Castle in the distance.

Day 5: Chirk – Llanymynech (***)

A shortend stage due to weather predictions. Because of that we skipped a couple of hills and started at the remains of an 18th century racecourse. From there on you go through a forest, with quite a bit of Offa’s Dyke visible, and two small and easy climbs, the last one leading you to an old limestone quarry, now a nature reserve and unto Llanymynech, a village on the border between England and Wales.

Day 6: Llanymynech – Welshpool(*)

An easy stage, made slightly more difficult due to some rain. The path follows Montgomery Canal for a while, until it heads in fields and meadows for quite a bit. You can admire Offa’s Dyke for quite a bit. After a dangerous encounter with some cows, you rejoin the Canal past Pool Quay. The stage officialy ends in Buttington, but you can visit or stay in Welshpool and see the beautiful Powis Castle.

Day 7: Welshpool – Montgomery (***)

No big climbs today either. The first part returns to the canal and after that through fields to today’s hill, Becon Hill. After descending from Beacon Hill, you pass through Leighton Estate, a forest with lots of manic pheasants. This forest leads to the small villages of Kingswood & Forden. The second part leads to some more fields and meadows, including the place of a Civil War battlefield. From here, you can leave the path and head for the interesting and pretty village of Montgomery, offering a museum and a castle.

Day 8: Brompton Crossroads – Knighton

On this last day of our Offa’s Dyke adventure it goes up and down and up and down again, via the so called switchbacks in the Shropshire Hills. You’re offered wonderful vistas, often with the Dyke accompanying you along the way. However, the path does challenge your feet and knees. But in any case, it’s a beautiful, challenging and wonderful ending to our walk (and the first half of Offa’s Dyke Path)