Glyndwr's Way

A National Trail through mid-Wales

By Paddy Dillon

Guidebook to walking Glyndwr's Way, a long-distance National Trail through mid-Wales. The 135 mile route from Knighton via Machynlleth to Welshpool takes 9 days to walk, and 2 days (29 miles) to complete the loop down the Offa's Dyke Path to create a circular trail. A lovely trail through quiet hills, forests and rolling countryside.



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


Knighton, Llangunllo, Felindre, Llanbadarn Fynydd, Abbeycwmhir, Llanidloes, Dylife, Machynlleth, Cemmaes Road, Llanbrynmair, Llangadfan, Llanwddyn, Dolganog, Meifod, Welshpool, Montgomery


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

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
29 May 2018
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
  • Overview

    A complete guide to walking Glyndŵr's Way National Trail. This guidebook divides the 135 mile trail into nine day stages, starting at Knighton and ending at Welshpool. Days 10 and 11 follow the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail for those who prefer a circular route. The step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by OS map extracts, photographs and lots of information on facilities available and historical points of interest along the way. Glyndŵr's Way is clearly waymarked throughout and there is accommodation available at the end of every stage, which is listed in full at the back of the guide to make planning easier. The trail commemorates the Welsh leader Owain Glyndŵr, visiting landmarks such as Powis Castle and Glyndŵr's Parliament House at Machynlleth, as well as other historical and archeological sites.

  • Contents

    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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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written extensively for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.

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