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Find useful facts and learn more about Glyndŵr's Way below.
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 it as a series of day walks.
Anyone who is reasonably fit can walk 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.
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.
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.
Visit our News page for the latest interesting and exciting news on the Glyndŵr’s Way National Trail.
Visit castles and museums and explore lakes and waterways while on this quiet trail through the very heartland of Wales.
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