The Glyndŵr’s Way is a 135 mile (216 km) horseshoe shaped National Trail starting at Knighton, on the Border of England and Wales. The trail crosses west through the Radnoshire Hills through market towns and farmland ending at Welshpool in the heart of Mid Wales. It is one of our toughest and one of the remotest of all the trails we offer.
Owain Glyndŵr (c. 1349 or 1359 – c. 1415) was a Welsh ruler and the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales (Tywysog Cymru). He instigated a fierce and long-running but ultimately unsuccessful revolt against Henry IV of England. No one knows exactly when or where Owain died. But he acquired a mythical status as the hero awaiting the call to return and liberate his people.
Glyndwr Whole Trail
Knighton to Welshpool
11 nights, 10 days walking
Price £940 per person (sharing).
Day 1 Own arrival to Knighton
Day 2 Knighton to Felindre 15 miles (24.1 km)
Leaving Knighton, which Owain Glyndwr captured in 1402, the trail continues through farmland and hilly pastures. An open moorland area leads to the little village of Felindre and The Teme Valley.
Day 3 Felindre to Abbey Cwmhir 15.5 miles (25 km)
Grassy hills, farm tracks and field paths lead from Felindre. Castell y Blaidd (Wolf’s castle) a Norman defensive enclosure is a high vantage point on the walk with views towards the Brecon Beacons. End the day at Abbey Cwmhir, where Glyndwr destroyed the Cistercian Abbey first founded in the 12th century.
Day 4 Abbey Cwmhir to Llanidloes 15.5 miles (25 km)
Forest plantations, remote tracks and paths lead the way to the market town of Llanidloes, with its timber framed buildings. On the way marvel at the views which reach as far as Cader Idris in Snowdonia.
Day 5 Llanidloes to Dylife 14.5 miles (23.5 km)
Start by walking through woodland and farmland. This area is the heartland of the lead industry in the 18th and 19th centuries. The trail also passes the man-made reservoir of Clywedog. The highest point of the Glyndwr’s Way is reached before the descent down to Dylife.
Day 6 Dylife to Machynlleth 14.5 miles (23.5km)
Today’s walk takes you from one valley to another over open moorland, farmland and forest, reaching the town of Machynlleth. This is where Owain Glyndwr set up his parliament when he was crowned Prince of Wales in 1404. His parliament building (The Senedd) still stands in the centre of the town today and can be visited.
Day 7 Machynlleth to Llanbrynmair 16 miles (25.5 km)
Overlooking the spectacular Dyfi Valley at low and high levels, the path leads to Cemmaes Road. The trail continues over rolling hills and forests to reach the village of Llanbrynmair.
Day 8 Llanbrynmair to Llangadfan 10.5 miles (16.5 km)
A steady climb out of Llanbrynmair takes you back up into the hills. The broad valley of Cwm Nant yr Eira (translated as the Valley of the Snowy Brook) awaits you today as you cross hills, farmland and open moorland.
Day 9 Llangadfan to Llanwddyn 7.5 miles (12 km)
Follow the path through sheep and cattle farms into the Dyfnant Forest. Easy-walking with plenty of wild-flowers which eventually leads to the Victorian Vyrnwy Dam, built in the 1880s. It was the first of its kind in the world. It is also a popular bird-watching area with an RSPB visitor centre and bird hides.
Day 10 Llanwddyn to Meifod 15 miles (24 km)
The River Vyrnwy will be in sight for most of today’s walk, witih the path crossing the river on 3 occasions. The Ann Griffiths walk (named after a famous Welsh hymn-writer) shares the trail at Pont Llogel, Dolanog and Pontrobert.
Day 11 Meifod to Welshpool 11 miles (18km)
A succession of small hills with splendid viewpoints will feature your last day of walking, ending at the busy market town of Welshpool. Powis Castle, run by the National Trust is a recommended visit.
Day 12 Own departure.
Included in all our packages – accommodation (bed and breakfast), luggage transfers, route book and maps, (returnable to ourselves in a stamped-addressed envelope) and people transfer when necessary. Packed lunches and evening meals can be pre-booked (price not included in package price).
- For solo walkers, (walking on their own) please add £35 per person per night.
- If walking with others, but want a single occupancy room, please add £25 per person per night.
- Rest days – we will charge whatever the accommodations charge, no more.
Also available on the Glyndŵr’s Way – 10 nights, 9 days walking @ £855 per person sharing.
Or if you prefer, we can offer shorter half trail packages from Knighton to Machynlleth (6 nights, 5 days walking) and Machynlleth to Welshpool (6 nights, 5 days walking) @ £520.
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