walking holidays in welsh borders


Pen-y-Dyffryn is fortunate to be situated in some of the finest hill walking country in Britain. Surrounded on all sides by hills and mountains, many of our guests leave their car keys untouched for the duration of their stay. The hotel itself is set at about 800 feet above sea level, and the hills within a short walk rise to nearly 2000 feet.

To maximise our guests' enjoyment of the countryside we have produced a folder of walks, all starting from the hotel front door. (See a sample of one of our shorter walks here). Walks range from 30 minutes to all day treks, many with a pub-stop half way. Copies of the walks are freely available to our guests, and packed lunches can also be provided.

A perfect location to enjoy a Walking Break near Shrewsbury. See our special Walking Break packages

The 100-acre woods adjoining the hotel are entirely public open space and are very safe for dog walking. Offa's Dyke long distance footpath passes only a mile from the hotel, and several of our walks include stretches of this ancient earthwork. There is a popular reservoir walk of about 1.5 hours starting from the hotel, and otters are now breeding in this lake. Bird life is plentiful, and regular sightings include Peregrine Falcons, Merlins, Red Kites and Buzzards.

A popular nearby walk is to climb to the top of Wales' highest waterfall (see picture above), or for more serious walkers the waterfall marks a good starting point for mountain hikes in the Berwyn Mountains. These rise to nearly 3000 feet and offer splendid ridge walks.

On your return to the hotel, take tea (or something stronger) on the west-facing terrace and languish in one of our Jacuzzi or spa baths before dinner

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