Glyndŵr's Way: Knighton to Machynlleth
Glyndŵr's Way is located in the breath-taking unspoilt countryside of central Wales. Few walking holidays are so remote and unspoilt.
Starting in Knighton, this tour follow 73 miles of Glyndŵrs Way National Trail. Knighton has been a Mid Wales market town since 1230 and is still a thriving livestock market. The town is rich in history with half-timbered houses from the 17th century and narrow winding streets. Situated at the half way point of the National Trail, your adventure ends in the small town of Machynlleth. Here, you can see Glyndŵr’s Parliament House. In the 15th century, Machynlleth was declared the capital of Wales by Owain Glyndŵr – of course, nowadays the capital is Cardiff.
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Glyndŵrs Way: Knighton to Machynlleth
Every step of the journey has been carefully planned to help you make the most of your walking adventure. Click on the blue tabs below for more information.
This itinerary is offered by Great British Walks, a company owned and run by walking enthusiast Julie Thomas, who lives in Monmouthshire, on the borders of England and Wales.
Julie and her team have never taken it for granted that they live in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and both enjoy walking in the great outdoors. Julie and the team have spent most of their holidays walking the length and breadth of the UK, mostly on the National Trails of England, Scotland and Wales, each time discovering new highlights and lovely places for walking holidays and accommodation.
Great British Walks arrange all accommodation including breakfast, luggage transfers between overnight stops, and transfers between the accommodation and path should your overnight stay be away from the trail. They supply your route planning in the form of a Holiday Pack that includes a Trail Guide (and map, where necessary), your itinerary, accommodation directions and local interest leaflets.
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Arrival day - Arrive in Knighton
Day 1- Knighton to Felindre
Day 2 - Felindre to Abbeycwmhir
Day 3 - Abbeycwmhir to Llanidloes
Day 4 - Llanidloes to Dylife
Day 5 - Dylife to Machynlleth
Great British Walks always book recommended local accommodation as close as possible to Glyndŵr’s Way and hope to give you a flavour of different types of accommodations and you may stay in a Bed & Breakfast, a Guesthouse, maybe a Farmhouse, and sometimes a local Inn or a small Hotel. En-suite or private facilities are provided wherever possible.
This 5 day tour includes 6 nights’ accommodation.
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. This tour is moderate and involves 5 days of between 22 and 25 km each day (14-15 miles each 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.
Food & Drink
In Wales there is a strong tradition of living off the land, stretching back as far as the ancient Celts. Food has historically been simple wholesome fare – thrifty dishes made with just a few simple, quality ingredients. Today Wales has a wealth of organic farmers’ markets, artisan producers, food festivals, and award-winning restaurants, all waiting for you to enjoy.
The prime natural resources of Wales have shaped the country’s culinary tradition. Welsh lamb is justifiably world famous, farmed on the lush mountains and valleys. Cheese has long been a traditional food of Wales and award-winning varieties grace the cheese boards of homes and restaurants alike. Look out for Welsh specialities such as laverbread, bara brith and cawl – you might not get these at home!
If you’re gasping for a drink at the end of a long day on the Trail then you won’t be disappointed – Wales is well known for its beer. From the UK’s biggest family owned independent brewery, Brains, to small boutique breweries, most areas of Wales have a local brewery. You’ll also find local ciders and wines – there are over 20 Welsh vineyards, producing award winning wines.
Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise
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.
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