The Glyndwr’s Way National Trail can be completed in sections, although it is important to always plan your accommodation or transport in advance as services are scarce along much of the Trail. Users of the Trail can walk sections of any length to suit their own needs but the following is an example, covering the Trails in sixteen stages:-
SECTION 1 - 5
SECTION 1: KNIGHTON TO LLANGUNLLO – 6½m/10½km
Knighton, “Knights Town” is also known as Tref - y – Clawdd, “The town on the dyke”. Knighton is situated at the beginning of Glyndwr’s Way and half way along Offa’s Dyke path. The clock tower in Knighton is the official start of Glyndwr’s Way National Trail. This is a relatively easy start to the Trail, with the hardest bit being a climb through farmland for a mile or so. Eventually reaching Llangunllo at the bottom of a quiet valley with trees all around. This section of the Trail ends at the War Memorial in Llangunllo.
SECTION 2: LLANGUNLLO to FELINDRE – 9¼m/15km
Here the path leads you through the village of Llangunllo to open moorland – one of the real attractions of the Trail. Gradually the hills and open moorland give way to farmland as you near Felindre.
SECTION 3: FELINDRE to LLANBADARN FYNYDD – 7½m/12km
On leaving Felindre, you will pass the remains of an ancient motte (which is not open to the public). The Trail then gently rises through farmland to a short section of road. On leaving the road the Trails takes you past an old earthwork known as Castell-y-Blaidd and on into Llanbadarn Fynydd.
Section 4: LLANBADARNFYNYDD to ABBEYCWMHIR – 8¼m/13km
From LLanbadarn Fynydd the Trail climbs to open moorland. The remainder of this section takes you along a ridge rising to a 450m summit, before dropping through Neuadd Fach wood into the valley of Bachell Brook and on into Abbeycwmhir.
SECTION 5: ABBEYCWMHIR to BLAENTRINANT - 6¾m/11km
Abbeycwmhir gets its name from a Cistercian abbey founded in 1143, but little of it remains today. The Trail takes you along a sunken green lane, gently climbing through a tall and dense forestry plantation. Ending with spectacular views, at Blaentrinant, of the peak of Cadair Idris (893m) to the North West, in Snowdonia.
The 135 m/217km Trail is a long distance walk which can be enjoyed as a continuous journey, typically taking around nine days, or over a series of weekend or day trips. It begins at Knighton on the English border and meanders through the open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forest of Mid Wales, through the town of Machynlleth, which was the capital of Wales in 1404, finishing by the Montgomeryshire Canal in Welshpool. Here Glyndwr's Way is about three miles from Offa's Dyke Path National Trail, which can be followed all the way back to Knighton, adding about 30 miles to the walk.
Along the Trail are 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.
The National Trail has been developed primarily for walkers, although there are sections suitable for horses and cyclists. However, Glyndwr's Way is not suitable for use as a long distance bridleway or cycle route.