Trek Notes - Wales

Glyndwr's Way

Glyndŵr's Way

General Information
Glyndŵr’s Way begins in the attractive old market town of Knighton on the English border, which, like Welshpool at the end of the trail, was attacked by Glyndŵr’s soldiers in the early years of his campaign. From here it heads west across a landscape of rich farmland, rounded hills and hidden valleys sheltering sleepy villages, to the ruins of Abbey Cwmhir, which was destroyed by Glyndŵr when he discovered that the monks were supporting the English. Switching north, the trail crosses fields criss-crossed with hedgerows of hawthorn and honeysuckle, forest and windswept hills with far-reaching views, to the friendly little town of Llanidloes. It follows the shores of Llŷn Clywedog, crosses the heather-clad slopes of Plynlimon where Glyndŵr raised his standard and won his first victory over the English, and then descends to the bustling little market town of Machynlleth, where Glyndŵr established his first Welsh parliament. From Machynlleth the trail turns east towards the Berwyn Mountains and Llŷn Efyrnwy across wild and lonely hills with spectacular views across the lovely Dyfi Valley to the brooding bulk of Cadair Idris. Leaving the little village of Llanwddyn on the shores of Llŷn Efyrnwy, the trail follows forest tracks and riverside paths to the pretty little village of Pontrobert, before meandering through farmland to the old border town of Welshpool and magnificent Powis Castle.

Travel Information
Total distance: 133 miles (213km)
Duration: 10 nights, 9 days walking (Also available is 11 nights/ 10 days walking and 12 nights/ 11 days walking)
Minimum/maximum daily distances: 12¼ miles (19.5km)/16¾ miles (27km)
Waymarking: Glyndwr’s Way is very clearly waymarked and is easy to follow.
Season: All year
Starting point of holiday: Knighton
End of holiday: Welshpool
Most convenient major city and International airports: London
Outward journey from London to Knighton: There is a regular train service from London to Knighton (journey time approximately 4 hours).
Return journey to London at the end of the holiday: There is a regular train service from Welshpool to London. The journey takes approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.

Day 1: Travel to Knighton where your first nights accommodation has been booked.

Day 2: Knighton to Felindre.15 miles (24km).

Day 3: Felindre to Abbeycwmhir.15½ miles (25km).

Day 4: Abbeycwmhir to Llanidloes.15½ miles (25km).

Day 5: Llanidloes to Dylife.14½ miles (23km).

Day 6: Dylife to Machynlleth.14½ miles (23km).

Day 7: Machynlleth to Llanbrynmair.15 miles (24km).

Day 8: Llanbrynmair to Llanwddyn.16¾ miles (27km).

Day 9: Llanwddyn to Pontrobert.12¼ miles (19.5km).

Day 10: Pontrobert to Welshpool.14 miles (22.5km).

Day 11: Depart from Welshpool after breakfast.

Accommodation & Meals
10 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns, guesthouses and farmhouse B&B’s.
Full Welsh breakfast.

What’s Included
Door to door luggage transfer.
Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail
An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
Emergency assistance.

Extra nights/Rest days
Knighton with its quaint narrow streets, central clock tower and ‘narrows’ lined with interesting little shops is a good choice for an extra night. LLanidloes is one of the prettiest towns in Wales, with a picturesque black-and-white half-timbered Market Hall, a sturdy little 14th century church with an impressive hammer-beam roof taken from Abbey Cwmhir, interesting shops, a fascinating museum and the Minerva Arts Centre, which houses the Welsh Heritage Quilt Exhibition. Machynlleth is another popular choice. It is a delightful town with a wide main street lined with brightly-painted shops, Glyndwr’s Parliament House, which houses an exhibition on his life; Plas Machynlleth, the 17th century mansion of the Marquess of Londonderry, which houses Celtica, an exhibition of all things Celtic; and the Wales Museum of Modern Art. The world famous Centre for Alternative Technology just outside the town provides a great day out. If you prefer somewhere quieter, consider Llanwddyn on the shores of Lake Vyrnwy. Welshpool is the obvious choice if you would like to explore Powis Castle and its magnificent grounds

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