- The National Trails
- Cleveland Way
- Cotswold Way
- England Coast Path
- Glyndŵr's Way
- Hadrian's Wall Path
- North Downs Way
- Offa's Dyke Path
- Peddars Way / Norfolk Coast Path
- Pembrokeshire Coast Path
- Pennine Bridleway
- Pennine Way
- South Downs Way
- South West Coast Path
- Thames Path
- The Ridgeway
- Yorkshire Wolds Way
Trail Information and FAQs
We have tried to provide answers to the most common questions about the Trail here. If you can't find the information you are looking for please contact us directly and we'll do our best to help.
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.
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.
We’re not aware of any record attempts yet. Let us know if you know any different.
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.
Exploring the Trail
There is accommodation along the Trail, but in places it is limited and so it is important to plan in advance. It is not advisable to just ‘turn up’ at accommodation without a reservation. In some cases, it may be necessary to arrange a lift or taxi to your accommodation – some Bed & Breakfast operators will be happy to provide this service.
See the ‘planning you trip’ page for accommodation information
A number of companies can arrange to move your bags. Many accommodation providers and local taxi companies offer a baggage moving service. Ask about this when you book. See the Baggage Handlers page for more information. If you are looking for help with booking your trip see the holiday operators page.
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.
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.
We recommend that you take a guidebook and map with you.
The Cicerone guide book includes 1:50000 maps. Other guides only have hand drawn maps. Navigation can be tricky and we recommend that you carry the OS 1:25,000 map in addition your chosen guide book. Harvey Maps are intending to publish a dedicated Glyndwrs Way map in the near future which will be very helpful.
If you use GPS please ensure you get the right GPX files, ideally off this website. There are GPX files available on other websites but most are not accurate.
Mobile phone reception along the Trail is patchy – don’t rely on it. There are still phone booths but they don’t take coins. It might be worth getting a pre-paid phone card in case.
Some accommodation provides Wi-Fi.
As a National Trail, the Glyndwr’s Way is well signed throughout its length. You will see a distinctive acorn symbol 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.
You will also see the following symbols on the Trail or on connecting paths, which can be used by vehicles, horse riders, cyclists or walkers as indicated.
An acorn, the symbol of Britain's National Trails, is used to guide your journey by marking the route in a variety of ways. It is used in conjunction with coloured arrows or the words 'footpath', 'bridleway' or 'byway' to indicate who can use a particular right of way.
The yellow arrow indicates a path for use by walkers The word 'footpath' and/or a yellow arrow indicates a path for use by walkers only and where, without the landowner's permission, it is illegal to cycle, ride a horse or drive a vehicle.
The blue arrow indicates a path which can be used by walkers, horseriders and cyclists The word 'bridleway' and/or a blue arrow indicates a path which can be used by walkers, horseriders and cyclists but where, without the landowner's permission, it is illegal to drive any vehicle.
The plum arrow indicates a path which can be used by walkers, horseriders, cyclists and carriage drivers. The term 'restricted byway' and/or a plum arrow indicates a path which can be used by walkers, horseriders, cyclists and carriage drivers but where, without the landowner's permission, it is illegal to drive any motorised vehicle.
The red arrow indicates a right of way which can be legally used by walkers, horseriders, cyclists and motorists.The word 'byway' and/or a red arrow indicates a right of way which can be legally used by walkers, horseriders, cyclists and motorists
To report a problem on the trail go to the ‘report a problem’ page. From here you will need to identify where the problem is on the map, and add some details. If you want to be informed about progress to resolve the problem please add your email address.
Trail staff aim to resolve problems as quickly as they can, but some things do take a long time. Please be patient if you do not see immediate resolution.
Who can enjoy the Trail
The Glyndwr’s Way National Trail is a route promoted for walkers only. Some parts of the Trail are legally open to horse riders and cyclists (those that run over sections of bridleway, restricted byways, byways or minor roads) but these sections are fragmented.
Any significant rideable sections are shown on the ‘plan your trip’ page. Select ‘equestrian’ or ‘cycling’ on the interactive map to see which sections can be ridden or cycled.
Your dog is welcome on Glyndwr’s Way. However much of the Trail passes though farmland where stock may be grazing, please respect farmers and their animals by keeping it on a lead when near livestock. There are stiles which dogs may need to be lifted over.
Cows with calves are very protective and can be aggressive towards dogs. Try to avoid walking close to cows with calves, if you encounter any aggression release your dog, do not try to pick it up.
Glyndwr’s Way is not a trail for off-road vehicles. Vehicles only have rights to use some short, fragmented sections of the Trail.
If you are planning to hold an event on Glyndwr’s Way please let us know.
It is important that we are aware of your event. A large number of events use the Trails, the Trail Officer can advise you to ensure your event does not clash with any other event or major works that may affect or close parts of the Trail.
If you are organising a large event (ie one with more than 50 participants) you will be asked to contribute a minimal donation of £1 per entrant for paid events. 20% of your donation goes to support the website and promotion of National Trails, including promotion of events and 80% goes to the Trail.
What is special about the Trail
The Glyndwr’s Way is one of the 15 National Trails in England and Wales. National Trails are designated by the Secretary of State and are administered by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales, and managed by the local authorities and National Park Authorities whose area they pass through.
Most National Trails have a dedicated Trail Manager responsible for maintaining the high quality standards on the Trail. National Trails are waymarked with the distinctive “acorn” symbol.
National Trails are special because they pass through some of the best landscapes, and they are managed to a very high standard. Because of this you can be confident that any journey you make along a National Trail will be one of the best you have taken.
Natural England sets quality standards for National Trails and their management. You can find out more on the Natural England website.
The Glyndwr’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.
Maps, guides, certificates and merchandise
We recommend the Cicerone guide to the Trail which can be purchased through the National Trails shop. Please note at present there is no official Aurum Press guide to Glyndwr's Way.
As well as a guide book we recommend a good quality map and you can buy these in paper or digital format - to browse the maps and books available please visit the Maps and Guide Books page.
You can get a free certificate if you complete a short survey - see the 'I've completed the Trail' area.
In the next few weeks we will also be launching a Hall of Fame, where for a small fee you can add your photo and story of your Glyndwr's Way experience to the website and receive a smart printed certificate.
How to add information to the Trail map
Anyone can add information to the website. We hope that people who have enjoyed the National Trails will want to share their good experiences and that businesses will promote their services by adding information to the map.
You can add information to the map. This includes:
- Points of interest or attractions
- Services - for example shops, pubs, vets, cycle hire shops etc
- Details of your accommodation business
- Events - for example farmers’ markets, village fetes, guided walks
- Information to help horse riders or cyclists such as busy road crossings or water points
To add content you will need to sign up – click the join button in the top right corner. You’ll need a username and an email address. We won’t give your email address to anyone, we’ll only use it if you need a password reminder or if we need to contact you directly. For more information read our data protection policy.
Once you’re signed in you can add information to the map by clicking here.