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.

About this route

12 to 15 nights
166 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £1485 per person

Glyndŵr's Way and Offa's Dyke Link Path

An enticing prospect on reaching Welshpool at the end of Glyndwr’s Way is to extend the walk by returning to Knighton along Offa’s Dyke Path. This creates a circular 163-mile route that starts and ends in Knighton.

This holiday option combines the superb history and fine scenery of Glyndwr’s Way with the spectacular views, pretty rural villages and medieval market towns of the Shropshire Hills section of Offa’s Dyke Path.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
GLYW1+ODLP1 A circular trail beginning at Knighton 12 nights, 11 days walking Demanding £1485
GLYW1+ODLP2 A circular trail beginning at Knighton 13 nights, 12 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1610
GLYW2+ODLP1 A circular trail beginning at Knighton 13 nights, 12 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1610
GLYW2+ODLP2 A circular trail beginning at Knighton 14 nights, 13 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1720
GLYW3+ODLP1 A circular trail beginning at Knighton 14 nights, 13 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1720
GLYW3+ODLP2 A circular trail beginning at Knighton 15 nights, 14 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1840

Short breaks

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

Glyndwr's Way and the Offa's Dyke Link Path 12 nights, 11 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) / 2602 ft (793 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

Day 10

Welshpool(L) to Brompton Crossroads(L). 14.5 miles (23.5km) / 1808 ft (551 m) ascent

Day 11

Brompton Crossroads(L) to Knighton. 15 miles (24km) / 3474 ft (1059 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Knighton 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 and Offa's Dyke Link Path map
Circular trail beginning at Knighton
166 miles (265 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Walking through the spectacular scenery of Mid Wales and the Shropshire Hills along Glyndwr’s Way and the Offa’s Dyke Path.

Visiting the fine defences at Montgomery Castle and Powis Castle.

Exploring the history-rich, narrow streets of Knighton on this circular walk.

What's included?

  • 12 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

An extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday.

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 a popular choice for a rest day. 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: 165.5 miles (264.5 km)
Duration: 12 nights, 11 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Code: GLYW1+ODLP1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Knighton
End of holiday: Knighton

Route Profile

Glyndwr's Way and the Offa's Dyke Link Path 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 Knighton.

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

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

Return To The Start - The Glyndwr's Way and Offa's Dyke Link Path is a circular tour beginning and ending in Knighton.

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.

Customer reviews from the Glyndŵr's Way and Offa's Dyke Link Path

“Most of the bed & breakfast venues were very good. Luggage transfer was well organised.”
Mr Sloan, UK
“A very enjoyable but challenging walk with stunning scenery. Due to your meticulous planning everything fell into place.”
Mr Howell, UK
“Organisation and accommodation was all good. Information provided and organisation was very good.”
Mr Bradley, UK
“It was a great pleasure to walk Glyndwr´s Way. I was surprised, that I met so few other walkers on that way. You did a good job. The accommodations were very good. The lifts to and from the accommodations were well organised, there were no problems.”
Mr Witzel, Germany
“Gloriously remote, stunningly beautiful and varied scenery, excellent directions and fantastic accommodation with superbly friendly welcoming hosts! Hillier than expected but much better for it!”
Mrs Lyall, UK
“In respect of the walk as a whole it was thoroughly enjoyable and probably one of the most challenging and satisfying walks we’ve undertaken. We chose to walk Glyndwr’s Way because of the remoteness it suggests and we certainly weren’t disappointed. We would definitely recommend this walk for anyone looking for something different.”
Mrs Davies, Isle of Man
“The walks and the overnight stays were great. I had, except for the weather, high expectations, and you lived up to them.”
Mr Snippe, Germany
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