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Glyndwr's Way

by Paddy Dillon
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to Glyndwr's Way, a mid-Wales long-distance National Trail of 135 miles taking 9 days to walk, and 2 days (and 29 miles) to complete the loop down the Offa's Dyke Path to create a circular trail. It loops west from Knighton via Machynlleth to Welshpool and covers quiet hills, forests and rolling countryside.

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The gentle, unfrequented countryside of Powys in mid-Wales has a charm all its own. Glyndwr’s Way (Llwybr Glyndwr) is a 135-mile National Trail named after the remarkable late-medieval Welsh leader Owain Glyndwr, and is one of three National Trails in Wales. It links at either end with the Offa's Dyke Path, and this guidebook includes the two days along the Offa's Dyke Path to create a circular route.

Glyndwr's Way is one of the quietest National Trails, exploring sparsely populated countryside, featuring a succession of hills and valleys. Although much of the terrain is remote and you're likely to have many sections to yourself, the route is a National Trail and clearly waymarked with distinctive dragon symbols throughout and there is accommodation available at the end of every stage if you prefer not to camp.

This guidebook divides the trail into nine day stages, starting at Knighton and ending at Welshpool. After Day 4 there is an optional ascent of Pumlimon Fawr, which will require an extra day. Days 10 and 11 follow the Offa's Dyke Path to complete a circular walk. 

  • 164 miles of waymarked trail through quiet countryside
  • includes a day’s excursion to climb Pen Punlumon Fawr from Dylife
  • full information about facilities available along the route, including accommodation options
  • Seasons
    spring, summer and autumn are ideal for walking; winter can be a problem if there is deep snow; after prolonged rain some parts can be muddy
  • Centres
    Knighton, Llangunllo, Felindre, Llanbadarn Fynydd, Abbeycwmhir, Llanidloes, Dylife, Machynlleth, Cemmaes Road, Llanbrynmair, Llangadfan, Llanwddyn, Dolganog, Meifod, Welshpool, Montgomery
  • Difficulty
    suitable mainly for long-distance walkers; essentially hill country, with lots of ascents and descents, but also many gentle and easy stretches; careful attention to waymarking is required and accommodation is sparse in some places
  • Must See
    quiet and remote mid-Wales countryside, links with the Offa's Dyke Path, Abbeycwmhir ruins, Llyn Clywedog, Dylife mines, Parliament House at Machynlleth, Dyfnant Forest, Llyn Efyrnwy, Ann Griffiths Walk, Powis Castle

July 2015


Day 5 - Dylife to Machynlleth - The route between Y Grug and Glaslyn, has been officially re-aligned over two short stretches. First, after passing Y Grug and crossing a footbridge over a stream, there is now no 'bare rock' or 'stile' to cross. Simply follow the new path to join a track near a building. Shortly afterwards, the 'very wet and boggy' path described in the guide is no longer part of the route. Simply follow the clear, firm, dry track onwards, turning right, then continue towards Glaslyn and Foel Fadian. The track is marked on the map as an 'alternative' option, so please now regard it as the 'official' route.


September 2014


Accommodation is available in Staylittle at Rock Villa B&B (www.rockvillabandb.co.uk).

May 2014


Reditreks hostel in Heol Powys is now known as Mach Indie Hostel, and it does not provide camping facilities..


Owain Glyndŵr
Drove roads
Trees and plants
When to walk
Getting to and from the route
Planning your schedule
Food and drink
Money matters
What to pack
Maps of the route
Using this guide
Glyndŵr’s Way
Day 1 Knighton to Felindre
Day 2 Felindre to Abbey-cwm-hir
Day 3 Abbey-cwm-hir to Llanidloes
Day 4 Llanidloes to Dylife
Ascent of Pen Pumlumon Fawr
Day 5 Dylife to Machynlleth
Day 6 Machynlleth to Llanbrynmair
Day 7 Llanbrynmair to Llanwddyn
Day 8 Llanwddyn to Meifod
Day 9 Meifod to Welshpool
Return to Knighton along Offa’s Dyke
Day 10 Welshpool to Brompton Cross
Day 11 Brompton Cross to Knighton
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Facilities along the route
Appendix C Pronunciation guide and topographical glossary
Appendix D Useful contacts
Appendix E Accommodation along the route
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