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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.
- 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
- 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
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
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
The maps in this guidebook are extracted from the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger series. They show the route and some of the land either side of it. If you wish to see more of the terrain through which the route passes, then you will need the following Landranger maps – 125, 126, 135, 136 and 137. For more detail, use the following Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer maps – 200, 201, 214, 215, 216 and 239. If you wish to include the additional two days of walking along the Offa’s Dyke Path, or the ascent of Pen Pumlumon Fawr, these maps also cover those options.
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P111 – Llanwddyn
The Oaks B&B has closed.
P122 – Meifod
Accommodation is available at Tan Y Graig B&B. They are approx one mile off the Way, but will collect and return walkers the following day by arrangement.
Byways Breaks offer an accommodation booking and luggage service.
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.
Accommodation is available in Staylittle at Rock Villa B&B.
Reditreks hostel in Heol Powys is now known as Mach Indie Hostel, and it does not provide camping facilities..
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States.View Articles and Books by Paddy Dillon
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