Glyndwr’s Way is an 135 mile (217 Km) long National Trail meandering through the open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forest of mid-Wales. The Trail starts at Knighton and ends at Welshpool.
Knighton to Llangunllo – 6.5 miles (10.5 Km)
Knighton is called Tref-y-Clawdd in Welsh which translates as “the town on the dyke”. Two National Trails – Glyndwr’s Way and the Offa’s Dyke Path meet here. Glyndwr’s Way starts with an immediate ascent up a cobbled street from the clock tower in the centre of town. It meanders easily out of Knighton and then climbs through quiet Radnorshire pasturelands. The section winds down through trees to reach the tranquil village of Llangunllo and ends at the war memorial. With good planning you can catch a train back to Knighton from the station a mile out of the village.
Llangunllo to Felindre – 9.3 miles (15 Km)
The Trail takes you up over farmland onto the wild moorland of Beacon Hill – one of the most open and attractive parts of the route. In late summer the heather turns the landscape purple as far as you can see. The hills and moors gradually give way to farmland again as you drop into Felindre.
Felindre to Llanbadarn Fynydd – 7.5 miles (12 Km)
You leave Felindre through grassy fields and later meet a quiet country lane. Then it is up and over the lonely, high pastures past the ancient earthwork of Castell y Blaidd (Castle of the Wolf) and then an easy walk down into Llanbadarn Fynydd.
Llanbadarn Fynydd to Abbeycwmhir – 8.3 miles (13 Km)
From Llanbadarn the trail quickly ascends to the open moorland again providing wonderful long views to east and west. When you have passed the trig point on Ysgwd Ffordd at 440 metres it is downhill all the way to the long lane that takes you into Abbeycwmhir.
Abbeycwmhir to Blaentrinant – 6.8 miles (11 Km)
Abbeycwmhir takes its name from a Cistercian abbey founded in 1143. The remains of the abbey are appreciated by many visitors for their silence and simplicity. The village also has a very attractive church that is always open. The Trail takes you past the church on a sunken green lane, climbing gently up and down through forestry and fields. The section ends at Blaentrinant but there is no village or B&B here so it is best to walk on to Llanidloes.
Blaentrinant to Llanidloes – 8.3 miles (13.5 Km)
From Blaentrinant to Llanidloes the Trail zigzags through some of the most picturesque and hilly countryside on the route. You will see a windfarm high up on the hills above you as you drop steeply down towards the watery valley bottoms clothed in drifts of old woodland. You will have earned the rest when you arrive in the lively town of Llanidloes with many pubs and cafes at your service.
Llanidloes to Afon Biga – 9 miles (14.3 Km)
The Trail starts at the lovely old Market hall in the centre of Llanidloes. It crosses the river Severn and then makes its way towards the spectacular Clywedog Dam and the impressive ruins of Bryntail mine. Shortly afterwards you arrive on the shores of Llyn Clywedog and later climb high above the reservoir on the way to Afon Biga. The picnic site here is a lovely place to stop for a paddle in the stream.
Afon Biga to Aberhosan – 9.3 miles (14.7 Km)
This section will see you walking up to the old roman road above Dylife. Watch out for the green remains of a fortlet as you pass along the route used by Roman soldiers nearly two thousand years ago. A little later you will encounter the spectacular Clywedog Gorge and shortly afterwards you will be walking over the moorland surrounding Glaslyn. Foel Fadian (564 metres) looms above the track and it is well worth the detour to the trig point and to see the spectacular 360 degree views from the top. Although there is no accommodation at Aberhosan there are options at Staylittle and Dylife so if you would like to explore this fascinating area in depth you will receive a warm welcome.
Aberhosan to Machynlleth – 9.5 miles (15.3 Km)
A demanding climb awaits you here as you walk on quiet lanes and then farm track up towards Cefn Modfedd. Then a walk through forestry towards the green track high above Cwm Cemrhiw. This leads you to a long section of felled forestry and common land high above Machynlleth and will bring you down into the town via the ‘Roman Steps’. Owain Glyndwr was crowned Prince of Wales and established his parliament here in 1404. Machynlleth is a vibrant and entertaining town especially on the Wednesday market day.
Machynlleth to Cemmaes Road – 8.7 miles (14.3 Km)
You start again from the Owain Glyndwr Centre and walk along the road over the golf course to Forge and soon after to Penegoes. Between Penegoes and Cemmaes road you are again up on high land although you will briefly drop down to the village of Abercegir in between.
Cemmaes Road to Llanbrynmair – 6.8 miles (10.8 Km)
Once you leave Cemmaes road you are very quickly immersed in the rolling hills of this section. Later there is a short section of forest road and then you have a long walk down a ‘dragon’s back’ of a hill towards Llanbrynmair with fantastic views all around.
Llanbrynmair to Llangadfan – 10.3 miles (16.5 Km)
The steep climb out of Llanbrynmair is well worth it when you gain the high ground and can enjoy the views down into the valley below. After a section of forestry and a long road through a wide river valley you will climb up onto Pencoed common. Up here it is quite likely that you will only have the ponies for company. It is difficult to believe that the pleasant village of Llangadfan is only three or four kilometres away.
Llangadfan to Llanwddyn – 6.5 miles (10.5 Km)
Soon after leaving Llangadfan you will enter the huge plantation of Dyfnant forest. The forest caters for all users of the countryside so look out for carriage drivers on the ‘Rainbow trails’. When you eventually leave the forest you will be approaching Lake Vyrnwy. You will have started your descent when you catch a first glimpse of the great arched dam. The area is very popular with tourists so there are plenty of places to eat and drink here.
Llanwddyn to Dolanog – 8.3 miles (13.3 Km)
The hardest part of the trail is behind you now although there are still ascents to be done.
Between Llanwddyn and Dolanog you are in more gentle farmland and valleys. The riverside walk out of Pont Llogel is particularly pleasing.
Dolanog to Meifod – 7 miles (11 Km)
The section starts with a lovely riverside and woodland walk along and above the river Vyrnwy. Keep an eye out for the old Quakers Meeting House a couple of kilometres out of Pontrobert, it is surrounded by trees so is very easy to miss. The pleasant walking continues all the way into Meifod village.
Meifod to Welshpool – 10.8 miles (17.5 Km)
An enjoyable ascent from Meifod through the woodland of Broniarth Hill is the first challenge on this section. Thereafter walking on quiet lanes and pastureland brings you to the very final ascent up Y Golfa. From the trig point on the top there is a 360 degree panorama which is truly stupendous. After that it is all down hill to the shops, pubs and cafes of Welshpool. You have walked Glyndwr’s Way.