Glyndwr's Way Short Break

Glyndwr's Way Short Break

A short walking holiday along the central section of Glyndwr's Way, from Llanidloes to Llanbrynmair.

4 nights
46 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £430 per person

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About this route

This break is ideal for those seeking a short getaway in the Welsh countryside. Beginning at Llanidloes, the trail encounters a mixture of woodland, farmland and open moorland, and visits a number of historic landmarks such as the old lead mines at the foot of Llyn Clywedog.

The valleys and hilltops on this walk offer fine viewpoints at which to take in the gorgeous scenery, with some areas offering views as far as southern Snowdonia.

The settlements along the way are also worth exploring, such as Machynlleth and the walk's finishing point of Llanbrynmair, along with plenty of other charming little villages and hamlets.

© Contours Walking Holidays Glyndwr's Way Short Break map
Llanidloes to Llanbrynmair
46 miles (73 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Walking through a range of landscapes including rolling farmland, open moorland and forested pathways.

Exploring the many little villages on route, such as Forge, Penegoes and Abercegir.

Admiring the abundance of rare wildlife and spotting buzzards and red kites along the trail.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
GLYWSB From Llanidloes to Llanbrynmair(L) 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding£430

Glyndwr's Way Short Break 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

Travel to Llanidloes where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

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


Depart from Llanbrynmair(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; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

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
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 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.

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 45.5 miles (72.5 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16 miles (25.5 km)
Code: GLYWSB Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Llanidloes
End of holiday: Llanbrynmair(L)

Route Profile

Glyndwr's Way Short Break 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, Bristol and Cardiff .

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Llanidloes) is at Caersws (about 8.5 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Llanbrynmair) is also at Caersws (about 11.5 miles away).

By Bus - Buses run from Caersws to Llanidloes and Llanbrynmair to Caersws Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Caersws. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Llanidloes.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi.

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.

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