In the early 15th Century, Owain Glyndwr led an audacious, but ultimately ill-fated rebellion against English rule. This superb walk through some of the finest scenery in Wales visits many of the sites connected with his campaign for an independent Welsh nation.
Glyndwr's Way begins in the attractive old market town of Knighton on the English border, which, like Welshpool at the end of the trail, was attacked by Glyndwr's soldiers in the early years of his campaign. From here it heads west across a landscape of rich farmland, rounded hills and hidden valleys sheltering sleepy villages, to the ruins of Abbey Cwmhir, which was destroyed by Glyndwr when he discovered that the monks were supporting the English.
Switching north, the trail crosses fields criss-crossed with hedgerows of hawthorn and honeysuckle, forest and windswept hills with far-reaching views, to the friendly little town of Llanidloes. It follows the shores of Llyn Clywedog, crosses the heather-clad slopes of Plynlimon where Glyndwr raised his standard and won his first victory over the English, and then descends to the bustling little market town of Machynlleth, where Glyndwr established his first Welsh parliament.
From Machynlleth the trail turns east towards the Berwyn Mountains and Llyn Efyrnwy across wild and lonely hills with spectacular views across the lovely Dyfi Valley to the brooding bulk of Cadair Idris. Leaving the little village of Llanwddyn on the shores of Llyn Efyrnwy, the trail follows forest tracks and riverside paths to the pretty little village of Pontrobert, before meandering through farmland to the old border town of Welshpool and magnificent Powis Castle.
Other tours include Offa's Dyke Path, Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Glyndwr's Way, Edge of Wales Walk, Usk Valley Walk, Wye Valley Walk, Three Castles Walk, Wild Eric's Way and the Mortimer Trail. For more information please call 01629 821900 for a brochure or visit our web site www.contours.co.uk