This classic hiking tour follows a famous ancient earthwork along the border of Wales and England.
A self-guided walking tour.
2020 dates: Start any day April to mid-October except as indicated below re Hay-on-Wye and Llangollen festivals.
The best season for walking the Dyke is from May to September, although good weather conditions can be encountered both earlier and later in the year. However it is very difficult to obtain accommodation in Hay-on-Wye during the annual Guardian Hay Festival. This famous annual literary festival takes place for 10 days in late May/early June. In 2020 the dates of the Hay Festival are Thursday 21 May to Sunday 31 May. It is also difficult to obtain rooms in Llangollen during the Eisteddfod Musical Festival, which in 2020 lasts from Tuesday 7 July to Saturday 11 July.
Duration: This depends on how much time you have and how far you want to walk. The shortest duration tour we offer is 4 nights, e.g. from Knighton to Welshpool or from Llangollen to Prestatyn. If you want to walk for a week (7 nights), you could do Chepstow to Knighton, or Knighton to Llangollen or Welshpool to Prestatyn. To cover the whole of the national trail from Chepstow to Prestatyn can be achieved in two weeks (or less) by a strong hiker, but we recommend taking at least 15 hiking days (16 nights including overnight stops at start and end). Feel free to discuss possible variations with us before booking.
Grade and difficulty: We grade the various itineraries mainly according to the maximum distance to be walked in any one day. The least strenuous options (graded ‘Easy’) are OA6 (Chepstow to Hay-on-Wye), OA9 (Chepstow to Knighton) and OB4 (Hay to Knighton). Other options are moderate to strenuous, the most sustained strenuous section being that between Knighton and Welshpool (on OA10, OB6, OC4). For more about grade and difficulty see ‘Detailed Factsheet’ below.
Daily distances. ‘Easy’ options average 11 miles/17.5km per day, others 14 miles/22.5km per day.
Tour prices: See “Tour prices” below.
Tour codes: OA5, OA6, OA7, OA9, OA10, OA13, OA16 (starting at Chepstow); OB4, OB6, OB7, OB10, OB13 (starting at Hay-on-Wye); OC4, OC7 OC10 (starting at Knighton); OD4, OD7 (starting at Welshpool); OE4, OE5 (starting at Llangollen). The numbers indicate the standard duration (number of nights). Feel free to discuss possible variations with us before booking.
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