About the Trail
What is Glyndŵr's Way?
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.
You don’t have to walk the Trail in one go to enjoy the best it has to offer. You can enjoy is as a series of day walks.
How long does it take to complete the Trail?
It usually takes around 9 days to complete the Trail.
How hard is it?
Anyone who is reasonably fit can walk the Glyndŵr’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.
Exploring the Trail
How do I get to Glyndŵr's Way?
The airport closest to Knighton is Birmingham with international flights from around the world arriving and departing every day. The airport is connected to Birmingham International railway station where services operate regularly to a range of destinations. There are stations at both ends of the Trail.
Knighton rail 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.
Rural buses offer a fragmented service, particularly on the southern part of the route. Reliable services link the towns of Llanidloes, Machynlleth and Welshpool.
Where can I stay on the Trail?
There is a good choice of accommodation close to the Trail and it can be viewed here.
The area is popular and accommodation can book up quickly in peak season so we recommend that you book it well in advance.
Can I camp along the Trail?
There are plenty of campsites along the Trail and they can be viewed here. If you plan to camp please note it is not legal to wild camp in England or Wales – you will need to stay on official campsites.
Can I get my bags carried or my accommodation booked?
What is the best time of year to walk on the Trail?
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).
One thing is for sure – whenever you walk it, it is bound to be an unforgettable experience.
Which direction should I walk it in?
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 should I take with me?
We recommend that you take a map and/or guidebook with you, or a copy of the walk leaflet if you are doing a shorter walk. You may also find a compass useful.
If you are walking solo you may want to tell somewhere where you are going as there can be mobile black spots along the Trail. Ensure your phone is fully charged before setting off.
Weather in the UK can be changeable so it’s wise to be prepared. You’ll need good footwear, waterproofs and warm layers. Take plenty of water and just in case, pack a few plasters for your feet. In the summer you may need sun cream.
Will I have mobile phone and internet access?
Phone reception can be patchy along the Trail, don’t rely on being able to use your phone to help you navigate. Wi-Fi is available at some accommodation and pubs/cafés along the route.
Is there signage on Glyndŵr's Way?
The UK is unique in having a network of paths that the public can use, this is the Public Rights of Way network. You can see these paths on Ordnance Survey maps.
National Trails are signed with an acorn symbol and/or the Trail name which you will see on stiles, gates and signposts. This is the symbol used by all the English and Welsh National Trails. In addition you will see a dragon, which is the logo for the Glyndwr’s Way, developed by Powys County Council.
As you are walking along the Trail you will also see waymarkers pointing to other paths. You can use the public rights of way network to leave the Trail to explore places of interest, reach your accommodation and find places to eat and drink.
You will often find a coloured arrow on signs which indicates the status of that section of path. The most common are yellow arrows which are footpaths and blue which are bridleways.
Can I download a GPX file?
You can download a GPX file of the whole Trail here.
Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise
Can I get a guidebook and map for the Trail?
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
Can I get a certificate if I complete the Trail?