Glyndŵr's Way

Glyndŵr's Way (Welsh: Llwybr Glyndŵr) is a long distance footpath in mid Wales. It runs for 135 miles (217 km) in an extended loop through Powys between Knighton and Welshpool.

Glyndŵr's Way
Welshpool Town Hall
Welshpool is one of the trail heads
Length135 mi (217 km)
DesignationNational Trail
TrailheadsKnighton, Powys


Glyndŵr's Way was granted National Trail status in 2000 to mark the beginning of the third millennium and the 600th anniversary of an ill-fated but nevertheless long-running rebellion in 1400. Its name derives from the early 15th century Welsh prince and folk hero Owain Glyndŵr.


The footpath officially begins in Knighton, on the English border, where it links with Offa's Dyke Path. Running in roughly a horseshoe shape, it passes small market towns such as Llanidloes and quiet villages including Abbeycwmhir and Llanbadarn Fynydd, traversing central Mid Wales to Machynlleth near the Dyfi estuary and returning across Wales via Llanbrynmair, Llangadfan and Lake Vyrnwy and the valley of the River Vyrnwy to Welshpool 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Wales–England border.

Some walkers complete it start to finish in about 10 days, some complete it in sections over various weekends, and some just walk the section that appeals to them. The route is varied, is often challenging, and should not be attempted without preparation. Accommodation can be booked all along the route at hotels, guest houses or campsites.

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Coordinates: 52°37′33″N 3°43′49″W / 52.6259°N 3.7303°W

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