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.
Seasonsspring, 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
CentresKnighton, Llangunllo, Felindre, Llanbadarn Fynydd, Abbeycwmhir, Llanidloes, Dylife, Machynlleth, Cemmaes Road, Llanbrynmair, Llangadfan, Llanwddyn, Dolganog, Meifod, Welshpool, Montgomery
Difficultysuitable 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 Seequiet 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
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.
Trees and plants
When to walk
Getting to and from the route
Planning your schedule
Food and drink
What to pack
Maps of the route
Using this guide
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 is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications, and has appeared on radio and TV. 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 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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