Glyndŵr’s Way National Trail

Glyndŵr’s Way (or Glyndwrs Way) is a walking holiday through some of the finest wild scenery in Wales. Named after Owain Glyndŵr, the legendary Welsh nobleman who led a successful revolt against English domination in 1401, The Glyndŵr’s Way is the most recent of Wales’s three designated National Trails.

Highlights
  • Take respite in the tranquil and sparsely populated Mid-Wales countryside
  • Visit and stay in charming market towns, including Llanidloes
  • Walk one of Britain's newest National Trails
  • Machynlleth, where Owain Glyndŵr set up his parliament
  • Visit the Centre for Alternative Technology, a hub for inspiring and informing people about sustainable development
  • Highest point at Foel Fadian (1,650ft) from which on a clear day views stretch out along the majestic Dulas Valley
  • 6 to 15 nights
  • 75 to 133 mls (view km)
  • Knighton, Mid Wales
  • Moderate to Challenging
  • Mar to Oct
  • £510

Walking Glyndŵr's Way

The Glyndŵr Way follows a horseshoe line through long green valleys and the secluded hill-country of the Radnorshire Hills. Because of its remoteness, Glyndŵr was able to move rapidly and was an elusive presence along these numerous ‘cefnffyrdd’ ancient upland tracks - the key feature in his guerilla campaign against the English.

Today, the countryside has remained hardly changed from those turbulent bygone times. The Glyndŵr way takes you through the beautiful, secluded hill country of mid Wales, where it is unlikely you will be troubled by crowds; for many, the unspoilt beauty and solitude of the route is its main attraction.

Your walk takes you through a great variety of exciting scenery and terrain. Beginning in Knighton, you soon leave the crowds and head into the East Radnorshire Hills, walking through ancient woodland, over rolling hills, past remote farms and isolated, close-knit, friendly Welsh hamlets.

You come upon wide lakes and reservoirs, views over the steep wooded valleys and the mystical setting of Lake Vyrnwy. The descent to the spectacular setting of Llyn Clywedog will remain with you for some time to come. Enjoy the stillness and solitude of the high open moorland, with panoramic views of mid-Wales and Cardigan Bay in the west, and across to the dramatic peaks of Snowdonia to the north. The notable ranges are Cadair Idris 892m (2,928’) and Pumlumon Fawr 752m (2,468’), far removed from anything that resembles today’s world.

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Active Travel Through Welsh Countryside

The trail takes you past a number of battle sites where Prince Owain Glyndŵr fought against the English in the 15th century. The 1401 Battle of Hyddgen, in the wilds of Pumlumon marked a turning point in Glyndŵr’s rebellion, and was to establish him as Prince and later King of Wales. The peaceful nature of the little church at Pilleth belies a more bloody history at the battle of Bryn Glas, which took place nearby in 1402. During this battle, Edmund Mortimer, a leading claimant to the English throne was captured and later married Glyndŵr’s daughter.

Pass through the attractive old town of Machynlleth, the half-way point of your walk, where Glyndwr held Wales' first Parliament in 1404. It was for a period the capital of Wales. Finish the walk at the ancient market town of Welshpool, where the Welsh language is alive and well. A visit to the famous 13C Powis Castle at the end of your walk is not to be missed.

In Welshpool, Glyndŵr’s Way links with Offa’s Dyke - if you wish, you can return along the impressive earthwork to your starting point at Knighton.

Our team would be delighted to talk to you about an itinerary for a walking holiday on Glyndŵr’s Way.

Celtic Trails has 20 years’ experience providing tailored, quality itineraries for walkers who appreciate good service, comfort and organisation.

Path Walkthrough

Glyndŵr’s Way walking map
Our Glyndŵr’s Way walking route takes you on a ring around the Welsh countryside from Knighton to Welshpool

Hilly farmland, pastures and moorland make up the bulk of topography on the Glyndŵr’s Way. The scenery is very easy on the eye, with far reaching views and panorama of the surrounding hillside and forests that make up one of Britain's newest National Trails. Glyndŵr’s Way is unusual in so much as although it is named after a historic figure, the route has been devised more to showcase this under-visited, but picturesque part of the Welsh countryside

This is quite a strenuous walk, with continuing ascents and descents following back to back as the route takes you through the hills of Powys. Navigation however, shouldn't be a problem with the route being a National Trail. Its true that Glyndŵr’s Way can throw some challenges at those who take to the trail, however the rewards are there in the fantastic views you get from the climb up.

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Our Glyndŵr’s Way's Walking Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Knighton to Welshpool

Length: 133 miles/212 km | Difficulty: Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
GW115 nights, 14 days£1,225 (pp)View Itinerary
GW212 nights, 11 days£995 (pp)View Itinerary
GW310 nights, 9 days£835 (pp)View Itinerary

Knighton to Machynlleth

Length: 74.5 miles/119.8 km | Difficulty: Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
GW49 nights, 8 days£765 (pp)View Itinerary
GW57 nights, 6 days£595 (pp)View Itinerary
GW66 nights, 5 days£510 (pp)View Itinerary

Please note that due to the rural nature of this walk it will be necessary to stay at some accommodations for 2 nights. In such cases transfers between the path and your accommodation are included in your holiday cost.

Knighton to Welshpool

Fifteen nights, Fourteen days
Price: £1,225 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
Holiday Code: GW1
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Knighton
Day 2:Knighton to Short Ditch9.5 miles/15.2km
Day 3:Short Ditch to Felindre5.5 miles/8.8km
Day 4:Felindre to Llanbadarn Fynydd7.5 miles/12km
Day 5:Llanbadarn Fynydd to Abbeycwmhir8.5 miles/13.6km
Day 6:Abbeycwmhir to Llanidloes15.5 miles/24.8km
Day 7:Llanidloes to Afon Biga10 miles/16km
Day 8:Afon Biga to Aberhosan9 miles/14.4km
Day 9:Aberhosan to Machynlleth10 miles/16km
Day 10:Machynlleth to Cemmaes Road9 miles/14.4km
Day 11:Cemmaes Road to Llanbrynmair7 miles/11.2km
Day 12:Llanbrynmair to Llangadfan11.5 miles/18.4km
Day 13:Llangadfan to Pont Llogel10.5 miles/16.8km
Day 14:Pont Llogel to Meifod11 miles/17.6km
Day 15:Meifod to Welshpool11 miles/17.6km
Day 16:Depart Welshpool

Itinerary Information: Fifteen nights accommodation with fourteen walking days. Arrive in Knighton on day one, walk from day two and depart from Welshpool on morning of day sixteen.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Knighton to Welshpool

Twelve nights, Eleven days
Price: £995 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
Holiday Code: GW2
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Knighton
Day 2:Knighton to Short Ditch9.5 miles/15.2km
Day 3:Short Ditch to Llanbadarn Fynydd12.5 miles/20km
Day 4:Llanbadarn Fynydd to Abbeycwmhir8.5 miles/13.6km
Day 5:Abbeycwmhir to Llanidloes15.5 miles/24.8km
Day 6:Llanidloes to Dylife14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 7:Dylife to Machynlleth14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 8:Machynlleth to Llanbrynmair16 miles/25.6km
Day 9:Llanbrynmair to Llangadfan11.5 miles/18.4km
Day 10:Llangadfan to Pont Llogel10.5 miles/16.8km
Day 11:Pont Llogel to Meifod11 miles/17.6km
Day 12:Meifod to Welshpool11 miles/17.6km
Day 13:Depart Welshpool

Itinerary Information: Twelve nights accommodation with eleven walking days. Arrive in Knighton on day one, walk from day two and depart from Welshpool on morning of day thirteen.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Knighton to Welshpool

Ten nights, Nine days
Price: £835 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
Holiday Code: GW3
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Knighton
Day 2:Knighton to Felindre15 miles/24km
Day 3:Felindre to Abbeycwmhir15.5 miles/24.8km
Day 4:Abbeycwmhir to Llanidloes15.5 miles/24.8km
Day 5:Llanidloes to Dylife14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 6:Dylife to Machynlleth14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 7:Machynlleth to Llanbrynmair16 miles/25.6km
Day 8:Llanbrynmair to Llanwddyn18 miles/28.9km
Day 9:Llanwddyn to Meifod15 miles/24km
Day 10:Meifod to Welshpool11 miles/17.6km
Day 11:Depart Welshpool

Itinerary Information: Ten nights accommodation with nine walking days. Arrive in Knighton on day one, walk from day two and depart from Welshpool on morning of day eleven.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Knighton to Machynlleth

Nine nights, Eight days
Price: £765 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
Holiday Code: GW4
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Knighton
Day 2:Knighton to Short Ditch9.5 miles/15.2km
Day 3:Short Ditch to Felindre5.5 miles/8.8km
Day 4:Felindre to Llanbadarn Fynydd7 miles/11.2km
Day 5:Llanbadarn Fynydd to Abbeycwmhir8.5 miles/13.6km
Day 6:Abbeycwmhir to Llanidloes15.5 miles/24.8km
Day 7:Llanidloes to Afon Biga10 miles/16km
Day 8:Afon Biga to Aberhosan9 miles/14.4km
Day 9:Aberhosan to Machynlleth10 mls/16km
Day 10:Depart Machynlleth

Itinerary Information: Nine nights accommodation with eight walking days. Arrive in Knighton on day one, walk from day two and depart from Machynlleth on morning of day ten.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Knighton to Machynlleth

Seven nights, Six days
Price: £595 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
Holiday Code: GW5
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Knighton
Day 2:Knighton to Short Ditch9.5 miles/15.2km
Day 3:Short Ditch to Llanbadarn Fynydd12.5 miles/20km
Day 4:Llanbadarn Fynydd to Abbeycwmhir8.5 miles/13.6km
Day 5:Abbeycwmhir to Llanidloes15.5 miles/24.8km
Day 6:Llanidloes to Dylife14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 7:Dylife to Machynlleth14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 8:Depart Machynlleth

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation with six walking days. Arrive in Knighton on day one, walk from day two and depart from Machynlleth on morning of day eight.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Knighton to Machynlleth

Six nights, Five days
Price: £510 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
Holiday Code: GW6
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Knighton
Day 2:Knighton to Felindre15 miles/24km
Day 3:Felindre to Abbeycwmhir15.5 miles/24.8km
Day 4:Abbeycwmhir to Llanidloes15.5 miles/24.8km
Day 5:Llanidloes to Dylife14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 6:Dylife to Machynlleth14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 7:Depart Machynlleth

Itinerary Information: Six nights accommodation with five walking days. Arrive in Knighton on day one, walk from day two and depart from Machynlleth on morning of day seven.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with ensuite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning
    • Walk Pack including Trail Guide and Harvey’s map, itinerary, accommodation directions and holiday planning.
  • Pricing Info.

    Bank Holidays & Short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Rest Days: from £45.00 pp per night

    Suggested location for Rest Day is Machynlleth.

    Single supplements 

    Solo person bookings: £30.00 per night

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack: single room occupancy supplements will apply.

    Postage Overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

  • Getting There

    Railway stations are located in Knighton, Machynlleth and Welshpool.

    www.nationalrail.co.uk

    If you prefer to arrive by car, you can leave your car at the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton (with prior authorisation).

    Approx. taxi prices

    Machynlleth to Knighton            £55

    Welshpool to Knighton               £45

  • Best Time to Travel

    In theory, the path can be taken at any point of the year (except perhaps the depths of winter), but as ever with walking in Wales, the weather is notoriously changeable and avoiding bad spells of rainfall is wholly dependent on how lucky you are that day.

    Spring is a popular time to take this walk, around that time of the year its lambing season and the country seems to be given a new lease on life following winter.

    Knighton is in the rain shadow of the Cambrian Mountains and consequently is slightly warmer and substantially drier than the Welsh average.

    Weather conditions for walking Llangollen, Wales                                                                                                      

Walker Reviews of our Glyndŵr’s Way Walking Holidays

Our past clients rated this walk 4.8 out of 5, read a selection of 3 reviews below.

"This is a lovely walk, not too ambitious, but absolutely beautiful in the spring. The walk from Dylife to Machynlleth on a glorious spring day was totally memorable. After such a pleasant stay with Maya at Bron Y Llys we were already singing, but the views at Glaslyn blew us away. We were warmly welcomed by everyone in Mid Wales and would encourage anyone thinking of doing this walk to book up."

5 out of 5

July 2017

"Overall everything was excellent - totally up to expectations."

4.8 out of 5

July 2017

"Celtic Trails compared very well with other companies. Pleased with accommodation, especially with our request regarding bed sizes - which went without a hitch, Thank-you."

4.5 out of 5

June 2017

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