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Offa's Dyke Path: Mid

Hike the mid section of Offa’s Dyke Path, from Hay-on-Wye to Welshpool

The Offa’s Dyke Path is a beautiful national trail stretching 285km across the length of the Welsh-English border from South to North, taking in three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As you complete this 115km mid section of Britain’s longest ancient monument you’ll discover ancient woodlands, picturesque towns and historical landmarks.

Wales 7 days March - November 65 kg per person
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The Offa’s Dyke Path is a beautiful historical trail that runs alongside Britain’s longest ancient monument. The monument’s construction was ordered in the 8th century by King Offa to divide his kingdom of Mercia from rival kingdoms in what is now Wales.

The mid section of Offa’s Dyke Path crosses a variety of terrain, including quiet semi-ancient woodland, rolling hills and wildflower meadows. Take in stunning views of the Shropshire valley, as well as charming villages and Roman hill forts, from which you can take in incredible views of the Severn Valley.

6 nights, zero-hassle and all this included:

  • 5 days self-guided hiking with gpx route maps provided
  • 6 nights accommodation in a range of good quality hotels & guesthouses
  • breakfast daily
  • luggage transfers each day
  • handy mobile app to keep every trip detail at your fingertips
  • 24/7 telephone support during your adventure
  • 1 native tree planted in our woodland or alternatuve carbon project

Plus flexible booking terms as part of our Adventure Promise, including instalment payments to spread the cost of your adventure. 

See the full itinerary in the tab above.

For adventurers who:

Are experienced walkers or willing to train for multiple days of walking 4 to 6 hours per day. The walks are moderately challenging and can take you over difficult paths. Expect undulating paths throughout, including significant ascents and descents

Perfect for couples, friends and solo hikers

Day 1: Hay-on-Wye

Arrive in Hay-On-Wye, ready to check into your beautiful traditional inn. Hay-On-Wye is a picturesque market town made famous by its numerous second hand books and bookshops. Take a walk around the streets, perhaps picking up an interesting title to read during your trip.

Day 2: Hay-On-Wye to Kington (25km | 740m)

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before you set off from Hay-on-Wye for your first big day of hiking. Start by following the River Wye before crossing through valleys and farmland, through the centre of an old Victorian racecourse on the Hergest Ridge. From high up here the views are incredible. On a clear day you’ll be able to see the highest peak in Bannau Brycheiniog national park Pen y Fan, the Malverns to the east and the hills of Shropshire, the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of Baskervilles.

This evening you’ll be resting your legs in a lovely pub at the heart of this lively market town situated on the English side of the Welsh-English border.

Day 3: Kington to Knighton (23km | 800m)

You’ll begin today’s walk trailing through Granner Wood, a Woodland Trust site currently being restored to broadleaf woodland. Along the way, take in the impressive views at Hawthorn Hill, which includes views of Owain Glyndwr’s Battle of Pilleth.

In 1402, the Welsh rebel Owain Glyndwr and his followers met an English army led by Sir Edmund Mortimer at Pilleth, near the border town of Presteigne. The English forces outnumbered the Welsh but the result of the battle was an overwhelming Welsh victory.

Today is a big day with plenty of hills to work those thighs! You’ll be glad of a rest when you reach your destination, the halfway point of the full route and spiritual home of Offa’s Dyke Path, Knighton.

Day 4: Knighton to Mellington (25km | 1,300m)

Ready for a challenge? Today’s section of the Offa’s Dyke Path is often thought of as the toughest, but also one of the most rewarding.

Explore the Shropshire Hills AONB. Centuries of farming have shaped the landscape. Over half of the AONB is grazing land, and below the moorland and rough grass hilltops and commons lies a patchwork of fields rich in hedgerows and veteran trees. Ancient woodlands, wildflower meadows and orchards also survive, each habitat with its characteristic wildlife plants and invertebrates. Red Grouse and Skylark are among the great variety of birds you might spot along the way.

Cross Llanfair Hill, a mountain summit in the Llangurig to Clun Valley region of mid Wales. The path winds scenically across the Parish, Llanfair Waterdine being at the same time both part of The Shropshire hills AONB and the Welsh Marches. This section through Shropshire includes some of the best preserved and most impressive sections of the Offa’s Dyke monument.

Arrive at your family-run B&B after another epic day on Offa’s Dyke Path and enjoy a well-earned good night’s sleep!

Day 5: Mellington to Welshpool (24km | 470m)

After breakfast it’s time to stretch those achy legs as you tackle the next section of Offa’s Dyke Path. wind your way through the Shropshire countryside to reach Beacons Ring, the site of an Iron Age hillfort with incredible views into the Severn Valley. The interior of the site was planted with trees to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Arriving at your family-run B&B situated on the Montgomery Canal, it’s time to put your feet up, take a long hot shower and relax.

Day 6: Welshpool to Llanymynech (17km | 20m)

Head back out onto Offa’s Dyke Path after a hearty breakfast. After a few big days on the trail, your final day will be a walk in the park! With just 20m of elevation across a modest 17km, enjoy a relaxed pace through open farmland. The trail sets out along the Montgomery Canal before leading you along stretches of the River Severn as you make your way to the small village of Llanymynech. Llanymynech high street sits right on the Welsh-English border, dividing this small town between two nations.

Celebrate your epic achievement with some Welsh beers at your family-run pub with rooms – you’ve earned it!

Day 7: Depart Llanymynech

After breakfast it’s time to depart, having completed the middle section of the iconic Offa’s Dyke Path national trail.

If you require assistance with onward travel or accommodation to extend your time in Wales, or if you’d like to head straight into the final stage of the Offa’s Dyke Path, please let us know when you enquire about dates. We’ll be happy to help with any additional arrangements you need.

What's Included

  • 5 days self-guided hiking with gpx route maps provided
  • 6 nights accommodation in a range of good quality hotels & guesthouses
  • breakfast daily
  • luggage transfers each day
  • handy mobile app to keep every trip detail at your fingertips
  • 24/7 telephone support during your adventure
  • 1 native tree planted in our woodland or alternative carbon project

Supercharge your trip

Give your adventure a boost with these optional extras:

  • Private room – this trip is based on a 2-person booking in a shared room. We can usually accommodate requests for private rooms, please check when you enquire about dates
  • Looking for a bigger challenge? This trip is 1 of 3 sections that make up the full Offa’s Dyke Path 285km national trail but it can also be undertaken as 2 halves or a single epic journey!
  • Return transfers: if you’re travelling by air, rail or ferry – please contact us to discuss your requirements

What you need to bring

  • Comfortable waterproof walking boots or shoes
  • Walking socks
  • Waterproof jacket & trousers
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Warm layers including a wicking base layer
  • Warm hat & gloves
  • Sun cream & sun hat
  • Head torch
  • First aid & blister kit
  • Day backpack – to carry hydration, lunch, snacks and spare clothing
  • Portable battery charger – to keep your phone powered for navigation

What you need to know

  • This trip departs weekly on a Thursday – please use the enquiry form to request availability of your preferred date
  • Enjoy the reassurance of flexible booking terms, part of our Adventure Promise
  • Enjoy the reassurance of flexible booking terms, part of our Adventure Promise
  • Spread the cost of your adventure with instalment payments
  • Check in is from 15:00 on your arrival day
  • Suitable for age 16+ years (accompanied by a parent or guardian)
  • Expect to be out walking for 5-6 hours per day
  • This is your adventure and you’re in control – if you’d like any additional experiences or an extended stay, simply let us know when you submit your enquiry
  • We’ll manage all the bookings and arrangements to make your experience perfect

Getting Here

By Air

  • The closest international airport to the tour start point in Hay-On-Wye are Birmingham and Bristol Airports
  • It is approximately a 2.5 hour taxi transfer from the airport to the tour start point in Hay-On-Wye or alternatively travel by rail to Hereford station and follow the By Rail instructions below
  • The closest international airport to the tour endpoint in Llanymynech is Birmingham Airport
  • It is approximately a 2 hour taxi transfer to either airport from the tour end point in Llanymynech or alternatively travel by rail from nearby Welshpool and follow the By Rail instructions below

By Rail

  • The closest train station to the tour start point in Hay-On-Wye is Hereford Station
  • From Hereford Station, it is an approximate 40 minute taxi transfer to your accommodation
  • From the tour end point in Llanymynech, the closest train station is Welshpool Station
  • Welshpool Station is a 15 minute taxi transfer from your accommodation

By Road

  • Hay-On-Wye is located less than 1.5 hours from the A5, and less than 1.5 hours from the M5 and less than 3 hours from the M54 motorways
  • Llanymynech is located approximately 1.5 hours from the M54 and M6 motorways

At Adventure Tours UK, we set out to create the kind of breaks people like us go wild for. People who get their thrills in the outdoors and want to care for it too. Who want to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with nature. If you’re in search of adventure, you’ll find it with us.

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