6 to 15 nights
75 to 135 mls (km)
Mid Wales
Moderate to Hard
Mar to Oct
£535

Glyndŵr’s Way National Trail

  • 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
Paths leading around Llyn Clewadog
View over Llyn Clewadog

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.

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.

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

Path Walkthrough

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.

Our Glyndŵr’s Way Itineraries

  • Knighton to Welshpool
    Distance: 135 miles (217km)
    GW1
    15 Nights, 14 Days
    from £1250 pp
    GW1 ~ Knighton to Welshpool ~ 15 / 14 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    14 walking days
    15 nights accommodation
    15 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    GW2
    12 Nights, 11 Days
    from £1010 pp
    GW2 ~ Knighton to Welshpool ~ 12 / 11 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    11 walking days
    12 nights accommodation
    12 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    GW3
    10 Nights, 9 Days
    from £860 pp
    GW3 ~ Knighton to Welshpool ~ 10 / 9 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    9 walking days
    10 nights accommodation
    10 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
  • Knighton to Machynlleth
    Distance: 75 miles (120.5km)
    GW5
    7 Nights, 6 Days
    from £610 pp
    GW5 ~ Knighton to Machynlleth ~ 7 / 6 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    6 walking days
    7 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    GW4
    9 Nights, 8 Days
    from £790 pp
    GW4 ~ Knighton to Machynlleth ~ 9 / 8 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    8 walking days
    9 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    GW6
    6 Nights, 5 Days
    from £535 pp
    GW6 ~ Knighton to Machynlleth ~ 6 / 5 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    5 walking days
    6 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras

    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.

    • 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.

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

    Our Glyndŵr’s Way holidays are available to walk March to October.

    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.

    Railway stations are located in KnightonMachynlleth 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            £60

    Welshpool to Knighton               £50

    Looking for different mileages or different number of nights? Please contact us to discuss how our itineraries can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us to learn more.

    Glyndŵr’s Way Client Reviews

    4.9/5 based on 21 reviews
    Everything worked as planned. It was very quiet - we walked 11 miles before seeing anyone one day. We only saw 5 - 6 cars!
    - August 2019
    Enjoyed the scenery, good accommodation. Celtic Trails were positive and well-organised.
    - August 2019
    Celtic Trails were 1st class - everything executed smoothly, accommodations always pleasant and several were superb. A walking holiday is the best way to really get to know the country and some of its people.
    - August 2019
    It was perfect - always :-) Celtic Trail were 100% professional, friendly and flexible. This was out first time with a company and we would recommend them to a friend.
    - July 2019
    This is the 4th trail we have done with you - always a real pleasure and much better than other companies; very efficient service; excellent accommodation, with positive hosts; good documentation; all transfers included.
    - July 2019
    Penny was very efficient, professional and friendly. I was very impressed with the very details 'walk pack'. I love walking on my own, so that I can concentrate on the views and sounds around me and not be distracted by conversation.
    - May 2019
    The experience was great. The accommodation were chosen really well, nice hosts and good food! I also like the plan, shorter walking hours in the beginning and the end of the trip. Of course, the trail is well-marked and the weather co-operated for the most part.
    - May 2019
    Everything worked to plan, much easier than booking ourselves and valued the suggested itinerary. We wouldn't have thought of the two-night stops ourselves. We enjoy point to point walks and the scenery on Glyndwr's Way is spectacular. A definitely under-rated part of the country.
    - May 2019
    Everything worked to plan, much easier than booking ourselves and valued the suggested itinerary. We wouldn't have thought of the two-night stops ourselves. We enjoy point to point walks and the scenery on Glyndwr's Way is spectacular. A definitely under-rated part of the country.
    - May 2019
    It's a great walk.
    - May 2019
    We always have these holidays as we love being in the countryside; outdoor all day and we really enjoy walking - husband enjoyed Wales as a child, so wanted to return. We do walks like this across UK and Europe 2 or 3 times every year and hope to carry on in repeat places and new places.
    - April 2019
    Thank you for organising everything - so much simpler than sorting it all myself. Walking alone - it was good to know I'd be missed by someone at the end of the day if I was injured and didn't show up when expected.
    - October 2018
    Celtic Trails were excellent and met my expectations. What I most enjoyed about this walk was the remoteness and the scener
    - September 2018
    We enjoyed the remote countryside - it was very scenic, despite three misty days.
    - August 2018
    We loved the remoteness and the silence of this walk.
    - August 2018
    Walking is living.
    - May 2018
    "Overall everything was excellent - totally up to expectations."
    - July 2017
    "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."
    - 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."
    - June 2017
    Thank you, Celtic Trails, for your arrangements - very good accommodations.
    - September 2019
    We very much enjoyed - long distance walking is our favourite form of holiday. Celtic Trails were friendly and efficient and would would recommend them to a friend.
    - September 2019
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