About the Trail
Glyndŵr’s Way is an 135 mile (217 Km) long National Trail meandering through the open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forest of mid-Wales. Starting in Knighton and ending in Welshpool, the Trail is named after Owain Glyndŵr’, Prince of Wales and Medieval Welsh nationalist leader who organised a rebellion against the English king, Henry IV in 1400.
Exploring the Trail
Anyone who is reasonably fit can walk the Glyndwr’s Way, although it is very hilly, often dropping into valleys and ascending hills several times in a day. You should be aware that it crosses country that is sometimes rough and remote. The ability to navigate by compass will be very welcome if it is misty.
Glyndŵr’s Way can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Summer brings long and (sometimes) hot days but some people prefer the wild flowers of spring or the spectacular colours of autumn.
In winter, mid Wales under a cover of snow is a spectacular sight. However, one must keep in mind the Welsh climate, which can see rain at any time, and the fact that some accommodation is closed in the winter. Therefore, it is important to carry appropriate clothing. Remember also that there is limited daylight in the winter (only about eight hours in mid-winter).
The Trail starts at the Town Clock in Knighton and ends at the canal in Welshpool. This is the way most people walk it, you can go the other way, but navigating will be more of challenge.
What is special about the Trail?
The Glyndŵr’s Way takes you to some of the finest landscape features in Wales including the tranquil Radnorshire Hills, the shores of the Clywedog Reservoir and heather clad Plynlimon. There are spectacular views over Cadair Idris, Lake Vyrnwy, the Cambrian Mountains and Y Golfa. The route reaches its highest point at Foel Fadian (1530ft/510m) from which on a clear day views stretch out along the majestic Dulas valley to Machynlleth and the sea.
This Trail takes you through a real farming landscape. One of the major attractions of the Trail is the joy of walking through a working land, there is nothing artificial about this landscape.
The airport closest to Knighton is Birmingham. Birmingham Airport is directly connected to over 100 towns and cities via Birmingham International Rail Station and the free ‘Air-Rail Link’ monorail system. Rail services operate regularly from Birmingham International to a range of destinations, by a number of operators.
There are stations at both ends of the Trail. Knighton station is on The Heart of Wales line which links Shrewsbury with Swansea. Machynlleth and Welshpool are both on the Cambrian line which runs from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli.
For detailed rail information please see
www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com.
There are regular bus services to/from Ludlow and Kington, with connections to Hereford and Llandrindod.
Rural buses offer a fragmented service, particularly on the southern part of the route. Reliable services link the towns of Llanidloes, Machynlleth and Welshpool.
You can find up-to-date information on www.traveline.info.
If you want to leave your car in a public place whilst spending several days walking on the trail, we recommend that you inform the local police of your intentions. You may be able to leave your car with your accommodation provider.
There are short and long stay car parks at the start and end of the Trail in Knighton and Welshpool.
This National Trail passes through the very best landscapes – places you may want to explore for several days at a time. From cosy country inns to characterful cottages, we’ve got your accommodation on Glyndŵr’s Way covered.
Download and print a list of Trail accommodation for each section of the Trail