Named after English-bothering revolutionary Owain Glyndŵr, the Glyndŵr's Way forms a 135-mile (217km) horseshoe-loop through the diverse treats of the hilly mid-Welsh countryside.

Glyndŵr's Way National Trail
© Andrew Bowden

With rolling farmland, open moorland, lapping lakes, lush green hills, spectacular waterfalls, unspoilt rivers and thriving forests, the terrain is pleasingly varied and often undulating.

All in all, the Glyndŵr's Way is a scenic but sometimes demanding trail.

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Map of Glyndŵr's Way

Route facts

  • Length 135 miles (216 km)
  • Ascent 25016 ft (7625 m)
  • High point 1663 ft (507 m)
  • Ascent per km 35.5 m
  • Start and Finish
  • Knighton/Welshpool
  • Grade
  • Moderate to Strenuous  
  • Season
  • 2nd January to 24th December

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  • Lake Vyrnwy

    Tranquil views over Lake Vyrnwy.

  • The remains of mining buildings at Clywedog

    Ruined mining buildings at Clywedog.

  • Powis Castle near Welshpool, in Powys

    Powis Castle near Welshpool, in Powys.

Trail profile

Glyndŵr's Way Profile

Itineraries

5 nights
4 days running

Grade: Strenuous

Knighton

50 km (31 miles) and 1693 m (5554 ft) ascent

Abbeycwmhir

47 km (29.5 miles) and 1847 m (6060 ft) ascent

Dylife

65 km (40.5 miles) and 2371 m (7779 ft) ascent

Llangadfan

54 km (34 miles) and 1714 m (5623 ft) ascent

Buttington (For Welshpool)

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Tour code: TGLW-1

Price £585 per person

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7 nights
6 days running

Grade: Challenging

Knighton

36 km (22.5 miles) and 1230 m (4035 ft) ascent

Llanbadarn Fynydd

38 km (24 miles) and 1369 m (4491 ft) ascent

Llanidloes

46 km (29 miles) and 722 m (2369 ft) ascent

Machynlleth

26 km (16 miles) and 1023 m (3356 ft) ascent

Llanbrynmair

34 km (21 miles) and 1159 m (3802 ft) ascent

Pont Llogel

36 km (22.5 miles) and 1127 m (3698 ft) ascent

Buttington (For Welshpool)

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Tour code: TGLW-2

Price £695 per person

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9 nights
8 days running

Grade: Moderate

Knighton

25 km (15.5 miles) and 903 m (2963 ft) ascent

Felindre

25 km (15.5 miles) and 792 m (2598 ft) ascent

Abbeycwmhir

24 km (15 miles) and 907 m (2976 ft) ascent

Llanidloes

23 km (14.5 miles) and 938 m (3077 ft) ascent

Dylife

23 km (14.5 miles) and 790 m (2592 ft) ascent

Machynlleth

26 km (16 miles) and 1013 m (3323 ft) ascent

Llanbrynmair

34 km (21 miles) and 1160 m (3806 ft) ascent

Pont Llogel

36 km (22.5 miles) and 1130 m (3707 ft) ascent

Buttington (For Welshpool)

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Tour code: TGLW-3

Price £870 per person

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Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are running on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:

  • Solo Runner Supplement: £30 per person / per night
  • Single Supplement: £20 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

  • Extra night (Standard): £50 per person / per night

The price you pay includes:

  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Detailed travel information is sent to you on booking, but we have provided a summary below.

Air

The most convenient major city and international airport is Birmingham International Airport.

Rail

There is a railway station at the start of the trail (Knighton), located in the centre of the town and within walking distance of most accommodations. There is also a railway station at the end of the trail (Welshpool), within walking distance of most accommodations.

From London – There are regular trains between Heathrow or Gatwick Airports and Knighton, using several different routes. From Welshpool, trains run regularly to Heathrow and Gatwick.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (Knighton) is by taking a train from Welshpool to Knighton
As you blaze a trail along this challenging Welsh Path, you may want to spend an extra day or two in some of the lovely destinations along the way, in order to give yourself chance to recover. You can add extra nights into your holiday at any of the stops along the trail to suit your needs.

Knighton, with its quaint narrow streets, central clock tower and 'narrows' lined with interesting little shops, is a good choice for an extra night. The town caters for people of all tastes, whether you are looking for a place to relax or a base from which to actively explore the surrounding areas. There are also plenty of places providing good food and drinks, as well as a District Sports Centre containing a swimming pool and fitness suite for those needing some gentle recovery exercise before continuing on the trail.

LLanidloes is one of the prettiest towns in Wales with a picturesque black-and-white, half-timbered Market Hall, a sturdy little 14th century church with an impressive hammer-beam roof, interesting shops, a fascinating museum and the Minerva Arts Centre, which houses the Welsh Heritage Quilt Exhibition. Should you choose to spend an extra night here, you could uncover the town’s incredibly rich history stretching as far back as the 7th century, or explore the breath-taking local area on foot, by bicycle or even by motorbike hire for a more adrenaline-fuelled adventure.

Machynlleth is another popular choice for a rest day. This delightful town has a wide main street lined with brightly-painted independent shops, as well as a number of fascinating attractions such as Glyndwr's Parliament House, the 17th century mansion of the Marquess of Londonderry and the Wales Museum of Modern Art. The world famous Centre for Alternative Technology just outside the town also provides a great day out, which contains seven acres of interactive displays demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability; a must-see for those wanting to learn more about science and the environment.

If you would like to extend your holiday by adding an extra night or two onto the end of your break, then the bustling market town of Welshpool has plenty to keep you entertained. Powis Castle and its magnificent grounds are within walking distance of the town, which is worth a visit along with the local museum and the chance to ride a working steam train. As well as this, Welshpool offers a variety of sporting activities and facilities – including golf, horse riding and quad trekking – and a unique blend of shops and eateries selling quality local produce that would be difficult to find anywhere else.

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