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Glyndwr's Way National Trail walking itinerary

9 Days

Knighton - Felindre - Abbeycwmhir - Llanidloes - Aberhosan - Machynlleth - Llanbrynmair - Llanwddyn - Meifod - Welshpool

Distance:
135 miles (217 km)
Airports:
Birmingham/Liverpool

Plan your route: VisitBritain Journey Planner

The Glyndwr's Way National Trail   is named after Owain Glyndwr, the famous Welsh Warrior/Statesman who fought a campaign for an independent Welsh nation in the early 15th century. The route starts in Knighton on the English border, making its way through tremendous scenery to Machynlleth, where Owain Glyndwr held his parliament in 1404.

Day 1: Knighton - Llangunllo - Felindre

Knighton - Llangunllo: 7 miles (11 km)
Llangunllo - Felindre: 9 miles (14 km)
Totals for Day: 16 miles (25 km)

Knighton

The market town of Knighton is where the Glyndwr's Way National Trail begins. The clock tower in the town centre marks the official starting point. Situated on the banks of the River Teme, Knighton is both in England and Wales. The town is steeped in history, and you can see this by the half-timbered 17th century buildings lining the narrow, winding streets.

 

Must see & do:

The Spaceguard Centre | The Offa's Dyke Centre | Lingen Nursery and Garden | Bryan's Ground Garden

Llangunllo & Felindre

The village of Llangunllo is your next stop today. Situated on the edge of the Radnor Forest Special Landscape Area, Llangunllo is a small, unspoiled village nestled peacefully in the upper woodlands of the Lugg Valley. Your next destination, the village of Felindre, sits at the foot of the Black Mountains, and surrounded by National Park, making it the perfect place to relax.

Must see & do:

Glansevern Hall Gardens | Country Works Gallery | St Nicholas Church | Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

Day 2: Felindre - Llanbadarn Fynydd - Abbeycwmhir

Felindre - Llanbadarn Fynydd: 8 miles (13 km)
Llanbadarn Fynydd - Abbeycwmhir: 8 miles (13 km)
Totals for Day: 16 miles (26 km)

Llanbadarn Fynydd

The small farming village of Llanbadarn Fynydd is your first destination on today's walk. This attractive village has won the UK Village of the Year award, and is famed for its local lamb - the perfect reason to stop for a hearty local meal! A few hours with the friendly locals and great scenery will show you exactly why this village deserves its award.

 

Must see & do:

Gigrin Red Kite Feeding Centre | Marston Pottery

Abbeycwmhir

The village of Abbeycwmhir is your next stop on the Way. Surrounded by hanging oak forests, and rocky outcrops, Abbeycwmhir is the perfect place to watch the rare Red Kite birds circle the sky. The village is steeped in history - visit the ruins of the 12th century Cistercian Abbey, which contains a memorial stone for the last prince of Wales, who was buried here.

Must see & do:

Gigrin Red Kite Feeding Centre | Welsh Royal Crystal

Day 3: Abbeycwmhir - Llanidloes

Abbeycwmhir - Llanidloes: 16 miles (25 km)
Totals for Day: 16 miles (25 km)

Llanidloes

Today, the Glyndwr's Way Trail takes you to the small town of Llanidloes, which nestles on the slops of the Cambrian Mountains. This pretty market town is the first town on the River Severn. Relax with a walk around Llyn Clywedog, the town's reservoir and admire the stunning views from the Cambrian Mountains.

 

Must see & do:

Welsh Royal Crystal

Day 4: Llanidloes - Afon Biga - Aberhosan

Llanidloes - Afon Biga - Aberhosan: 18 miles (28 km)
Totals for Day: 18 miles (28 km)

Afon Biga & Aberhosan

Make sure you pick up some lunch before you leave Llanidloes, because you walk along the Way today takes you first to the Afon Biga picnic area, the perfect place to stop and relax in a quiet setting. Next, comes the quiet hamlet of Aberhosan. The village is close to the town of Machynlleth, the ancient capital of Wales.

Must see & do:

Dyfi Valley Attractions | Museum of Modern Art, Wales | Dyfi Furnace

Day 5: Aberhosan - Machynlleth

Aberhosan - Machynlleth: 10 miles (16 km)
Totals for Day: 10 miles (16 km)

Machynlleth

The small and historic town of Machynlleth is today's destination. Machynlleth is famous for being the seat of the Welsh rebel Owain Glyndwr's parliament, whom this trail is named after. It's world famous attractions and magnificent scenery offer you a wonderful diversity of things to see and do on your visit.

 

Must see & do:

Senedd-Dy Owain Glyndwr | Centre for Alternative Technology | Cambrian Coast Steam Trains

Day 6: Machynlleth - Llanbrynmair

Machynlleth - Llanbrynmair: 16 miles (25 km)
Totals for Day: 16 miles (25 km)

Llanbrynmair

The village of Llanbrynmair is also known as St Mary's on the Hill because of the position of its parish church. Agriculture, mining and lead have all played an important part in Llanbrynmair's history, but in the tide of emigration to the new world, it was recorded that 99 people left for America in 1 day, leaving behind this pretty village with stunning views.

Must see & do:

Michael and Joanna Mosse Pottery

Day 7: Llanbrynmair - Llanwddyn

Llanbrynmair - Llanwddyn: 17 miles (26 km)
Totals for Day: 17 miles (26 km)

Llanwddyn

Today you reach the village of Llanwddyn, which is scattered around Lake Vyrnwy, Abertridwr and the Cownwy Valley. Relax in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings of the village, or if you want a bit of adventure, enjoy the water sports on offer. Wind down in one of the local teashops and enjoy the views, or continue to explore the moors, valleys, streams and waterfalls of Llanwddyn.

 

Must see & do:

Childrens Puzzle Trails at Lake Vyrnwy

Day 8: Llanwddyn - Meifod

Llanwddyn - Meifod: 15 miles (20 km)
Totals for Day: 15 miles (20 km)

Meifod

The village of Meifod is situated at the foot of Mount Snowdon, in the valley of the River Vyrnwy. Meifod is known as the royal burial ground of many of the kings and queens of Powys. The village became well known in 2003, when it hosted the National Eisteddfod, one of Europe's largest competitive cultural festivals.

Must see & do:

Corner House Gallery

Day 9: Meifod - Welshpool

Meifod - Welshpool: 11 miles (17 km)
Totals for Day: 11 miles (17 km)

Welshpool

The Glyndwr Way National Trail finishes in the market town of Welshpool. The town nestles in the upper reaches of the picturesque Severn Valley near the border between England and Wales. Welshpool has had a colourful past, which is reflected in the buildings. Take a heritage trail around the town to find out about its fascinating history.

 

Must see & do:

Powis Castle and Garden | Powysland Museum | Welshpool Farmer's Market


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