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Glyndwrs Way

Glyndwrs Way

Walking Route, free entry


National Trail Officer

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Mid Wales,
SY20 8EE


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 10 - 13

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.

From the Owain Glyndwr centre in Machynlleth the Trail starts with a 3 mile stretch along a minor road south east to Forge and onto Abercegir. From here the Trail once again climbs up onto open moor with views of the Cadair Idris Mountain before descending once again into Cemmaes Road.

Section 11: CEMMAES ROAD to LLANBRYNMAIR – 6¾m/10¾km
This part of the Trail is a true delight through rolling hills and scenic valleys. The initial climb from Cemmaes Road is quite steep, though the rest of this section is relatively easy.

Section 12: LLANBRYNMAIR to LLANGADFAN – 10¼m/16½km
Leaving Llanbrynmair the route takes you northwards on a new section of the Trail under the railway line. It soon takes you up a steep hill, but the climb is worth it, for the views of the valley below. The route continues along a forest trail before rejoining the old Glyndwr’s Way. You soon climb to the edge of Pen Coed and across a particularly lonely stretch of bracken covered moor.

Section 13: LLANGADFAN to LLANWDDYN – 6½m/10½km
The route now takes you through the huge plantation of Dyfnant forest. Llanwyddyn caters to a steady stream of visitors to Lake Vyrnwy and its impressive 33 arched dam.

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: SH 748008  Lat: 52.59053 Long: -3.84959

Travel information -

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Machynlleth station

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