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Glyndwrs Way Blaentrinant to Machynlleth

Glyndwrs Way Blaentrinant to Machynlleth

Walking Route, free entry


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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:-

From Blaentrinant to Llanidloes the Trail zigzags through some of the most picturesque countryside on the route.

Section 7: LLANIDLOES to AFON BIGA – 9m/14½km
This part of the Trail starts at the Market Hall in Llanidloes, crosses the River Severn, then following the path in the shadows of the Clywedog Dam wall, you will arrive on the shores of the Clywedog reservoir. Making sure you keep your eyes open for Red Kite, you will eventually arrive at the Afon Biga picnic site.

Section 8: AFON BIGA to ABERHOSAN - 9¼m/14¾km
Crossing the river you walk through the Hafren Forest with its giant pine trees, climbing through attractive moorland takes you to a ridge where you can see Dylife, a small settlement known at one time for its mining, below you. Continuing along the Trail you pass the remains of a Roman fortlet, Glaslyn to your left and Foel Fadian in front of you. Following the track you reach the highest point on Glyndwr’s Way where a spectacular view awaits you and on a clear day you can see Cardigan Bay.

After a demanding climb up Cefn Modfedd you leave the old route and head south to begin the largest new section of the Trail. Walking through woodland on Ffridd Rhiwlwyfen the Trail takes you round to the far side of Machynlleth, a vibrant little town with a rich history, to enter the town via the “Roman Steps.” Owain Glyndwr was crowned Prince of Wales and established a parliament in Machynlleth in 1404.

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.

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Map reference: SN 954825  Lat: 52.43064 Long: -3.53879

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