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Trail Start - Knighton,



The 135 m/217km National 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

The National Trail has been developed primarily for walkers, although there are sections suitable for horses and cyclists but not suitable for use as a long distance bridleway or cycle route.

This Trail takes you through a real farming landscape. One of the major attractions of the Trail is the joy of walking through a working land, there is nothing artificial about this landscape.

Anyone who is reasonably fit can walk Glyndwr’s Way, although it is very hilly, often dropping into valleys and ascending hills several times in a day. You should be aware that it crosses country that is sometimes rough and remote. The ability to navigate by compass will be very welcome if it is misty.

Glyndwr’s Way can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Summer brings long and (sometimes) hot days but some people prefer the wild flowers of spring or the spectacular colours of autumn.

In winter, mid Wales under a cover of snow is a spectacular sight. However, one must keep in mind the Welsh climate, which can see rain at any time, and the fact that some accommodation is closed in the winter. Therefore, it is important to carry appropriate clothing. Remember also that there is limited daylight in the winter (only about eight hours in mid-winter).

The Trail starts at the Town Clock in Knighton and ends at the canal in Welshpool. This is the way most people walk it, you can go the other way, but navigating will be more of challenge.

Glyndwr’s Way takes you to some of the finest landscape features in Mid 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.

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Trail Start - Knighton,

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Map reference: SO 287719  Lat: 52.34104 Long: -3.04695


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