Glyndŵr's Way

Glyndŵr's Way

A walking holiday tracing the history of Owain Glyndŵr through the spectacular landscape of Mid Wales.

4 to 15 nights
46-166 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding

From £485 per person

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About the trail

In the early 15th century, Owain Glyndŵr led an ill-fated rebellion against English rule. This superb walk through some of the finest scenery in Wales visits many of the sites connected with his campaign for an independent Welsh nation. Beginning in the old market town of Knighton on the English border, the walk enjoys a landscape of rich farmland, rounded hills, quiet forests, gentle riverbanks and hidden valleys, with excellent, far-reaching views throughout.

As well as many wonderful little settlements, Glyndŵr's Way boasts a wealth of amazing history to discover, with landmarks of interest including the ruins of Abbey Cwmhir and the magnificent Powis Castle.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • Glyndŵr's Way and Offa's Dyke Link Path
  • Glyndŵr's Way
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Glyndŵr's Way - South Section
  • Glyndŵr's Way - North Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Glyndŵr's Way Short Break

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Trail running tours available

We also organise trail running holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

10 to 12 nights
136 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £1190 per person

Glyndŵr's Way

This walking holiday explores all 135 miles of Glyndŵr’s Way, taking in the magnificent scenery and expansive history along the entirety of the trail from Knighton in the south to Welshpool in the North, swinging in a wide arc through the beautiful landscapes of Mid-Wales.

The diversity of the terrain, the immersive culture of the Welsh settlements and the wealth of historic sites along this walk will no doubt make for a satisfying adventure for any walker regardless of their interests.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
GLYW1 From Knighton to Welshpool(L) 10 nights, 9 days walking Demanding £1190
GLYW2 From Knighton to Welshpool(L) 11 nights, 10 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1305
GLYW3 From Knighton to Welshpool(L) 12 nights, 11 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1425

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
GLYWSB From Llanidloes to Llanbrynmair(L) 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding £485

Glyndŵr's Way 10 nights, 9 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights
Start

Travel to Knighton where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Knighton to Felindre(T). 15 miles (24km) / 2467 ft (752 m) ascent

Day 2

Felindre(T) to Abbeycwmhir(L). 15.5 miles (25km) / 2356 ft (718 m) ascent

Day 3

Abbeycwmhir(L) to Llanidloes. 15.5 miles (25km) / 2612 ft (796 m) ascent

Day 4

Llanidloes to Dylife(T). 14.5 miles (23.5km) / 2697 ft (822 m) ascent

Day 5

Dylife(T) to Machynlleth(L). 14.5 miles (23.5km) / 2283 ft (696 m) ascent

Day 6

Machynlleth(L) to Llanbrynmair(L). 16 miles (25.5km) / 2949 ft (899 m) ascent

Day 7

Llanbrynmair(L) to Llanwddyn(L). 18 miles (29km) / 2979 ft (908 m) ascent

Day 8

Llanwddyn(L) to Meifod(L). 15 miles (24km) / 3612 ft (1101 m) ascent

Day 9

Meifod(L) to Welshpool(L). 11 miles (17.5km) / 423 ft (129 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Welshpool(L) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£75.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Llanwddyn(L))
£80.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Glyndŵr's Way map
Knighton to Welshpool
136 miles (217 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Walking through a variety of landscapes, including rolling farmland, open moorland, heather-clad hills and forested pathways.

Learning about Owain Glyndŵr at the Owain Glyndŵr Centre in Machnylleth.

Spotting the variety of wildlife along the trail, including red kites, peregrine falcons, buzzards and the elusive red squirrel.

What's included?

  • 10 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday and ensure that you have time to explore some of the most interesting locations along the trail.

Knighton, with its quaint narrow streets, central clock tower and 'narrows' lined with interesting little shops, is a good choice for an extra night.

Machynlleth is another popular choice. It is a delightful town with a wide main street lined with brightly-painted shops, Glyndwr's Parliament House which houses an exhibition on his life, Plas Machynlleth, the 17th century mansion of the Marquess of Londonderry, which houses Celtica, an exhibition of all things Celtic; and the Wales Museum of Modern Art. The world famous Centre for Alternative Technology just outside the town provides a great day out.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Llanwddyn(L))
£80.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 135.5 miles (217 km)
Duration: 10 nights, 9 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Code: GLYW1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Knighton
End of holiday: Welshpool(L)

Route Profile

Glyndŵr's Way Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Birmingham and Cardiff.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Knighton) and also at the end of the trail (Welshpool).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Knighton and from Welshpool.

From London - Trains run from London Euston/Paddington stations to Knighton.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from Welshpool to Knighton. You can also take the train, but this would take much longer.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.
"Looking back towards Llanbrynmair" by Patricia Cressey (2022) "Looking back towards Llanbrynmair" by Patricia Cressey (2022)
"Clywedog Dam" by Patricia Cressey (2022) "Clywedog Dam" by Patricia Cressey (2022)
"Looking towards Welshpool from Y Golfa" by Patricia Cressey (2022) "Looking towards Welshpool from Y Golfa" by Patricia Cressey (2022)
"St Mary's Church" by Patricia Cressey (2022) "St Mary's Church" by Patricia Cressey (2022)
"Tour de France does Glyndwrs Way" by Ann Lyall (2019) "Tour de France does Glyndwrs Way" by Ann Lyall (2019)
"After Foel Fadian" by Thomas Witzel (2017) "After Foel Fadian" by Thomas Witzel (2017)
"Lake Vyrnwy" by Thomas Witzel (2017) "Lake Vyrnwy" by Thomas Witzel (2017)
"Looking back to Foel Fadian" by Thomas Witzel (2017) "Looking back to Foel Fadian" by Thomas Witzel (2017)
"Two Cows and their Calves near Dolanog" by Chris Michiels (2017) "Two Cows and their Calves near Dolanog" by Chris Michiels (2017)

Customer reviews from the Glyndŵr's Way

“Fulfilling hike with great countryside and remarkably friendly/chatty farmers. Hardly anyone else around so one for those who like to be alone.”
Mr Wright, UK
“For hardy walkers, this is a quiet, fairly demanding walk and the scenery is second to none. I think we have already proved that we will book with you again by having easily reached double figures in booking.”
Mrs Deadman, UK
“Number 2 in my top UK walks (after the Pennine Way). Great scenery, no crowds - only met 5 other walkers during the 9 days. Glorious.”
Mr Thorp, Jersey
“Excellent organisation and choice of overnight stopovers. Too many highlights to say which section was best.”
Mr Whitehorn, UK
“Glyndŵr's Way was a part of the UK I did not know previously. The scenery was very impressive. A hugely enjoyable holiday.”
Mr Wilkinson, UK
“Very hilly route. The standard of accommodation was very good & everybody we met was friendly & helpful.”
Mr Crook, UK
“Wonderful countryside, wonderful walking. Very good overnight stays. Baggage moved very successfully.”
Ms Joseph, UK
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