Discover, explore and uncover the secrets of Glyndŵr’s Way
Officially opened 20 years ago Glyndŵr’s Way National Trail is a 135 mile route passing through an impressive variety of landscapes. The scenery along the trail includes valleys, lakes and reservoirs; secluded woodlands and forests, riversides, open moorland and pasture. Sections of the trail are remote passing a few farms and villages. There are red kites, peregrine falcons, buzzards and osprey.
The Trail takes its name from the heroic figure of Owain Glyndŵr. Born around 1354 Owain Glyndŵr started the Welsh revolt against the rule of Henry IV in 1400 and tried to establish an independent Welsh nation. Despite his defeat due to lack of weaponry he is a Welsh icon to this day, celebrated throughout Wales with its monuments, street and pub names. The trail of Glyndŵr’s Way marks the location of Glyndŵr’s hunting, marching and rebellion.
You can walk the trail in 9 days from start to finish or use public transport starting or finishing at Machynlleth, Welshpool or Knighton, all on major rail lines. Other sections are accessible by bus. For information on planning your walk visit the Trail Information page.
You can also experience the trail in smaller sections. Look out for the special short walks and rides which are being created to celebrate the 20th anniversary year.
To give a flavour of this special trail we have chosen some images and videos showing some of the highlights, the changing light through the seasons and the locals who help make and keep the trail special. You can also hear what some of the visitors walking the trail think makes it unique. You can view one of the videos below or browse them all on YouTube.
Get involved with the 20th anniversary of the trail
A series of short walks and cycle rides are being created for the 20th anniversary of the trail. You can find out more and download a leaflet for each walk from the Circular and Linear Walks page.
To get involved simply share your story ― whether it’s an anecdote, photograph or even a piece of art or poetry inspired by the Path we’d love to hear your stories. You can do this by using #GlyndŵrsWay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We have also produced special 20th anniversary keyrings for you to remember this special year. If you would like one please contact the Glyndŵr’s Way Trail Officer.