Offa’s Dyke – Here I Come Again!

In 2004 I did Offa’s Dyke, or at least part of it. It was the first time I’d ever embarked on a long distance hike, solo or otherwise. I have since come to love these experiences and I am also much more prepared, specially mentally. That time I did the Path from South to North and stopped in Llangollen.

So why do it again?

First of all it’s a lovely walk through some amazing countryside, so well worth a second passing. Secondly, since not finishing it the first time I always had this thought to one day complete the Path. Thirdly, after the very recent and sudden passing of my brother, I think it will do me good. On all levels. I know I can physically do it; the mental aspect will be a bit more of challenge: me, nature, cattle and bulls, loose dogs, most likely awful weather (October in Wales and all that so lots of mud), and hopefully lots of thoughts of Stefaan, and, maybe a start of coming to terms with not having him in this world anymore. My universe has forever changed, but he will be with me forever.

I again opted for booking Offa’s Dyke with Contours Walking Holidays. Yes, no lugging a backpack around for me, I prefer to have my luggage transferred from lodging to lodging and just carry my daypack.

My friend Luc is joining me on October 11th in Hay-on-Wye; we will walk the last 3 days together. So now I’ll have to finish it 😉

Itinerary with dates and booked lodgings:

Wednesday 30th Sep:

Train Gent to Brussel-Zuid.

  • Eurostar Brussel-Zuid to London St Pancras (hopefully there will be no delays).
  • Train London Euston to Prestatyn, via Crewe and Chester.
  • Arrive and overnight in Prestatyn.
  • Plas Ifan, 17 Fforddlas, Prestatyn, Denbighshire, LL19 9SG

Thursday 1st October

  • Prestatyn to Bodfari 12 miles / 19 km
  • Llety’r-Eos-Ucha, Off Mold Road, Bodfari, Denbighshire, LL16 4DS

Friday 2nd October

  • Bodfari to Clwyd Gate 11.5 miles / 18.5 km
  • The Druid Inn – Ruthin Road, Llanferres, CH7 5SN (for Clywd Gate)

Saturday 3rd October

  • Clwyd Gate to Llangollen 13.5 miles / 21.5 km
  • Bryn Meirion , Abbey Road, Llangollen, LL20 8EF

Sunday 4th October

  • Rest day in Llangollen
  • Bryn Meirion , Abbey Road, Llangollen, LL20 8EF

Monday 5th October

  • Llangollen to Trefonen 15.5 miles / 25 km
  • Lynstead Lodge , Bellan Lane, Trefonen, Nr Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 9DQ

Tuesday 6th October

  • Trefonen to Welshpool 16.5 miles / 26.5 km
  • Royal Oak Hotel , The Cross, Welshpool, SY21 7DG

Wednesaday, 7th October

  • Welshpool to Brompton Crossroads 12 miles / 19 km
  • Shirley Heights, Church Stoke, Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6TQ

Thursday 8th October

  • Brompton Crossroads to Knighton 15 miles / 24 km
  • Stowe View, Presteigne Road, Knighton, LD7 1HY

Friday 9th October

  • Knighton to Kington 14 miles / 22.5 km
  • The Oxford Arms, Duke Street, Kington, HR5 3DR

Saturday 10th October

  • Kington to Hay-on-Wye 15 miles / 24 km
  • Rest for the Tired, 6 Broad Street, Hay- on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5DB

Sunday 11th October

Monday 12th October

  • Hay-on-Wye to Pandy 18 miles / 29 km   (Black Hills Day)
  • Lancaster Arms B&B, Old Hereford Road, Pandy, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 8DW

Tuesday 13th October

  • Pandy to Monmouth 17 miles / 27 km
  • Myrtle Place, 45 Wonastow Road, Monmouth, NP25 5DG

Wednesday 14th October

  • Monmouth to Chepstow 17 miles / 27 km (finish the Path)
  • Castle View Hotel, 16 Bridge Street, Chepstow, NP16 5EZ

Thursday 15th October

  • Travel to London.

Google Earth File – Path and Accommodations (Download only)