Offa's 60- Offa's Dyke trail- Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powys

This Offa's 60 programme is part of a three part trek through the lovely borderlands between Wales and England- following the National trail of Offa's Dyke.

The 2020 holiday is in the middle 60 miles - hence Offa's 60 - of the Dyke - in glorious Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powys scenery.The whole Offa's Dyke national trail is 177 miles.

We will run the Northern section between Prestatyn and Trefonen in June 2021, and the Southern section between Knighton and Chepstow in September 2021.

Unlike many other walking businesses- we say in one hotel, and we transport you to walks start and from walks finish- leaving you to be in one place, one bed etc for the duration of the trek.

The middle section of the Offa's Dyke is for five nights and four and a half days of walking in the Shropshire Hills area of outstanding natural beauty and Herefordshire's magical countryside. We dip into Powys on many occasions as the route follows the border between England and Wales.

There are several tough sections but also many miles of rolling countryside to enjoy.

Not many people,lots of sheep - much of the trail is on airy upland terrain, sometimes with no human habitation in view - a truly wild place.

 BUT - fantastic walking with our freindly guides to show you the way and tell you about the history, heritage, terrain and geography of and area of outstanding natural beauty. Don't miss this one.

Accommodation and meals

We stay in Montgomery - the county town of the old county of Montgomeryshire - now part of Powys.

The Dragon Hotel has been entertaining walking guests for decades - we stay in one hotel for this programme and take transport to walks start and from walks finish.- see http://www.dragonhotel.com/

The nearby castle was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s men in 1648 during the English Civil War. It is believed that some of the materials used for the completion of the hotel came from the castle ruins, including a number of the exposed beams seen throughout the hotel.

We take our evening meal in the hotels restaurant.

Lunch on this holiday is packed as there are no conveniently placed hosteleries along the way.

 

The Offa's 60 walking programme

On this holiday we take in the middle section of Offa's Dyke- part one of a three part holiday attraction for you. In 2021 - in June and September - we will run part two - the north section between Prestatyn and Trefonen near Oswestry - early June and the southern section between Kington in Herefordshire and the Sedbury cliffs in September 2021.

 These three make up the whole of the Offa's Dyke National Trail and we will present you with an appropriate momento of the full acheivement.

This holiday takes in the Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powis sections of the national trail.

60 miles - hence Offa's 60 - of undulating, wild and spectacular countryside. History was made here- the borderlands between England and Wales have been fought over many times, and although they are peaceful  lands now- remains of past struggles are all around us.

Here the steepest part of the Dyke walking is done- all at your own appropriate pace of course- as deep valleys cut into the landscape- but the early part of the walk in the Severn Valley is pretty flat for many a mile.

Here is the broad itinerary

Day one - Sunday -when you arrive - a three hour hike into the hills and valleys around Montgomery.- Sunday night stay

Day two - Monday -Trefonen to Buttington Bridge near Welshpool -Monday night stay

Day three - Tuesday -Buttington Bridge to Brompton crossroads near Montgomery- Tuesday night stay

Day four- Wednesday -Brompton Crossroads to Knighton- Wednesday night stay

Day five - Thursday - Knighton to Kington- Thursday night stay

Whats included

  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite five nights
  • Dinner- at the hotel all five nights
  • Lunch each day - Monday - Thursday
  • Sole occupancy
  • Personal service - includes train pickup and set downs, individual holiday planning for you
  • Total flexibility on when you arrive and depart - come for as many or few days as you want
  • Expert guiding
  • Transport to walks start and finish
  • No single supplement
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • Full joining details prior to your holiday
  • Our administration support throughout the process of booking and prior to the start date.

Holiday highlights

-simply fantastic borderlands scenery, history and heritage

- town centre hotel with a castle close by

- a warm Welsh welcome

- local food at dinner time

- no single supplement

Great reasons to join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover the Brecon Beacons but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.

           We always use good hotels. Our hotel in Brecon is set in lovely surroundings  and the standard is really good.

  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies, because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit on one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

The area of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powys

The Shropshire Hills - an area of oustanding natural beauty- The hills, rolling farmland, woods and river valleys of this varied and special landscape was one of the first areas to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in 1958.  Off the beaten track and tranquil, this is a living, working place, loved by locals and visitors alike for its quality of environment, for walking and activities, relaxation and inspiration.

With a variety of geology unequalled in any area of comparable size in Britain, the Shropshire Hills have no single dominant feature or landform. The area’s landscape character is one of variety and of transition – between the lowland plains of the English Midlands and the uplands of Wales, and between north and south of Britain, and this is reflected in both ecology and patterns of human activity.

The key elements in the Shropshire Hills landscape are the hills, farmed landscape, woodlands, rivers and river valleys.The rocky Stiperstones, the dissected plateau of the Long Mynd, the craggy volcanic Stretton Hills and Wrekin, the harsh quarried landscape of the Clee Hills, the long wooded scarp of Wenlock Edge, and the rolling enclosed hills of the Clun Forest all have their own distinctive character. The hills define the identity of the area, and are the backbone of our landscape. Here are found commons, heath, moorland and rough grasslands, home to upland birds including Curlew, Red Grouse and Merlin.

 

Farmed Landscape

The patchwork of fields, mostly pasture bounded by hedges, results from generations of farming. Hedgerow and field trees, including many veteran trees, form the landscape

 

 

 

Remnants of valuable grassland and hay meadow habitats survive. Some small scale arable cultivation mostly for feed crops is found, with larger scale cropping in the valleys which extend down outside the AONB.

Herefordshire

Herefordshire - the county of unspoilt countryside, market towns of distinctive character and a wealth of varied landscapes - from the Historic City of Hereford to fascinating villages. TheHay Bales after harvesting richness of the natural environment forms a backdrop to a more leisurely pace of life and where innovation and inspiration blend with the County's historic rural past.

Many Inns, Pubs and Restaurants serve delicious selections of locally grown produce with the county boasting many award-winning establishments.

Gardens open to visitors offer a unique glimpse of the elegance of past times from formal to cottage-style all still nurtured by enthusiasts.

The market towns of Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury, Bromyard, Leominster and Kington warmly welcome visitors throughout the seasons.

At the heart of the County of Herefordshire is the ancient City of Hereford set on the banks of Herefordshire is famous for its Cider making - Westons Cider Draythe River Wye is a delightful mixture of historic and contemporary architecture and although a city, it has a distinctive and friendly market town feel.

Herefordshire is a secret well worth discovering, tucked away on the border with Wales yet within an hour of Birmingham and the motorway networks. Close enough to be accessible but a million miles away from the pressures of urban life.

Herefordshire is a county of rolling, green countryside interrupted by villages steeped in history and interest. There's plenty to see and do but there's no escaping the sense of peace and fresh air. You're guaranteed to depart with your personal well-being ‘fuel tank' on Full!

 

 

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  • Secret Hills Walking, 35, Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH

 

Offa's Dyke Passport

The Offa's Dyke Association promote a passpor4 scheme

 

The Offa’s Dyke Path Walkers’ Passport is now fully operational. You can buy your Passport in advance of your holiday from our online shop for £5 + 99p p&p  or by paying by card over the ‘phone by calling the Offa’s Dyke Centre on 01547 528753.

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