Planning your Glyndŵr’s Way walk

Published 6 June 2013. Last updated 19 April 2024

Machynlleth's fine clock tower

The Glyndŵr’s Way is an unusual National Trail as it doesn’t follow any particular geographic features or any historic routes. Given it’s named after Owain Glyndŵr, the last Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales, you’d think it might follow a historical journey he made, or links lots of places he visited. But if you did, you’d be wrong.

Instead the Glyndŵr’s Way is more arbitrary. It merely links a variety of towns and villages with Glyndŵr connections and makes you walk between them. This accounts for its curious and unusual V shape.

This, however, is a good thing. It gives the route a huge benefit as it gave the route’s creators the chance to do something unusual in National Trails. With no need to follow a particular range of hills, or some ancient drovers road, it allowed for a route which can pick and choose from the best the area has to offer. And that makes it a particularly good walk to choose.

Inside This Guide

  1. What is the walk like?
  2. The route
  3. Planning an itinerary
  4. Extending your walk
  5. Finding and booking accommodation
  6. Getting to/from the Glyndŵr’s Way
  7. Guide Books and Maps
  8. And finally, and any questions

What is the walk like?


The Glyndŵr’s Way goes through the county of Powys in Wales. For the most part it features hilly farmland, with sheep dotted around regularly. There are also sections of moorland, and forestry which help create a varied walk.

There are also some fantastic views of rolling green hills? Lots of them, and beautiful panoramas as far as the eye could see? This is a stunningly attractive walk, and very pleasurable on the eyes.

The trail is relatively new – it only became a National Trail in 2002, although it existed in a different form before that – and has yet to capture much attention which means its beauty and splendour can be admired in relative tranquillity. Coupled with the fact that this is a sparsely populated part of Britain and you will have a wonderfully quiet walk. On our trip (in April 2011, which included a period of four bank holidays), we didn’t see anyone at all on most days. However the trail never leaves you stranded for accommodation and refreshment. The trail passes through many small villages en-route. It is very well waymarked.

That said, the Glyndŵr’s Way is a strenuous walk. You’ll find yourself going up and down hills several times a day which can be hard going on the legs. Whereas many walks will see you walk up a hill then walk along the ridge for a good part of the day, the Glyndŵr’s Way seems to delight in going straight up one, then back down again not long after, before repeating the process shortly after. Several sections contain two to three stiff climbs a day. However this is not a walk to be overlooked. It may offer many challenges, however the rewards certainly make it worth it.

The route

You can see the route of the Glyndŵr’s Way using the map above. Using the controls you can scroll around, zoom in and explore the route. Note that this map is a guide only, and should not be used for navigation.

You can also download the GPX file of the route.

Planning an itinerary

Old drovers road at Pen-y-ffridd

As mentioned above, the Glyndŵr’s Way goes through a particularly sparsely populated part of Wales. The southern section between Knighton and Machynlleth is especially empty.

The distances between villages and towns, and limited amounts of accommodation in some sections mean that there aren’t many ways to vary the itinerary, and longer distances are sometimes compulsory. As such, the usual way is to split the trail in to nine days of walking.

All locations have accommodation, a pub and a shop, unless otherwise noted. Note that there are several farms and cottages which also offer B&B which may allow you to break up several of the longer days.

Locations with a railway station are marked with a 🚂. Note: all distances are approximate.

9 Day Itinerary
Day From To Distance
Miles Km
1Knighton 🚂Felindre 11622½
2Felindre 1Abbeycwmhir 21626½
3Abbeycwmhir 2Llanidloes1524
4 LlanidloesDylife 318½30
5Dylife 3Machynlleth 🚂1524
6Machynlleth 🚂Llanbrynmair1626½
8LlanwddynPontrobert or Meifod12 or 1519 or 24
9Pontrobert or MeifodWelshpool 🚂14 or 1122½ or 17½
  1. Nearest pub is the Radnorshire Arms, 2 miles down the road at Beguildy. Felindre’s pub, the Wharf Inn, has apparently now closed. Felindre has no shop.
  2. Abbeycwmhir has a pub (the Happy Union), however it does not serve food. Local B&Bs in the village may offer evening meals if booked in advance. No shop.
  3. Dylife has no shop. The former pub, Y Star Inn, offers accommodation, breakfast and evening meals. Alternative accommodation can be found in the village of Staylittle. There’s no pub, but there is a small shop. The only other options would involve booking a taxi.

As the trail goes through a remote part of Wales, and over hills and moorland, we recommend that the walk is best done between April and October.

Breaking the walk up for several trips

As the route goes through a rather sparsely populated area of Wales with extremely limited public transport options, the Glyndŵr’s Way is not easy to split in to section. The most practical way to split the route is in two chunks, stopping at the town of Machynlleth. This is the half way point on the route, and there is a railway station with connections to Shrewsbury. Each half can be done in five days.

Rest Days

If you fancy having a rest day on your trip, there are a couple of options:

  • Llanidloes – a small market town with some historical buildings and a lot of history and lots of mining history nearby
  • Machynlleth – the major town in the area, Machynlleth is where Owain Glyndŵr set up his parliament. The Parliament Building (actually dating from a later parliament) is open to the public. Just outside the town is the utterly superb Centre for Alternative Technology which is a fascinating place focussing on environmental matters. The town also has art galleries and museums.
  • Lake Vynwy – a reservoir surrounded by forests, the area is a popular tourist destination. But don’t let that put you off. There’s lots of lovely forests and views of water to enjoy too.

Extending your walk

If you’d like to make your walk longer, it’s possible to extend the Glyndŵr’s Way by connecting with the Offa’s Dyke trail. The two routes connect at Knighton, and Offa’s Dyke also passes through the village of Buttington which is two miles from Welshpool.

The most obvious way is to connect the two walks to create a circuit walk. Knighton to Welshpool is approximately 30 miles by the Offa’s Dyke trail, which can be completed in two days.

Finding and booking accommodation

Royal Oak, Pontrobert

As the Glyndŵr’s Way passes through several small villages, accommodation on route can be in short supply. Unfortunately recent years have been hard on the trail, and the southern section in particular has suffered from a loss of facilities. Therefore advance booking is absolutely essential. If you can’t get a room on the route itself, there are usually alternatives off route who (if you ask really nicely) may be able to get a lift to and from the trail. Alternatively ask about local taxi services.

As with all National Trails, an accommodation guide for the Glyndŵr’s Way can be found on the National Trail website. Alternative accommodation can also be found by visiting the website of the Welsh tourism board, Visit Wales.

Accommodation Booking Services and Baggage Transfer

There are several companies that will book your accommodation for you. You can find a list on the official trail website.

The National Trail website also includes a list of companies that offer baggage transfer.

Hostels and bunkhouses

There are a small number of hostels and bunkhouses on route:

  • Woodhouse Farm Bunkhouse – the bunkhouse is between Abbeycwmhir and Llanidloes. It is a couple of miles away from the trail
  • Plasnewydd Bunkhouse – a mile before the town of Llanidloes
  • Toad Hall – small independent hostel, a short distance from Machynlleth railway station
  • Severn Bunkhouse – bunkhouse on a caravan park, three miles south of Welshpool


If you wish to go camping, then there are options. The National Trail website includes a list of known sites on or close to the trail. Some of these are pubs or B&Bs which also offer camping for walkers.

The Glyndŵr’s Way traverses a lot of hill farm, with many fields full of sheep. In many areas wild camping is possible, however you should always check with the landowner first.

Getting to/from the Glyndŵr’s Way

Afron Vrynwy

The middle of Wales isn’t particularly well served by rail connections, however the Glyndŵr’s Way connects with four railway stations:

  • Knighton – on the delightful Heart of Wales line, Knighton has four services a day running between Shrewsbury and Swansea
  • Llangynllo – seven miles from the start of the trail, Llangynllo is two stops down the line from Knighton and shares the same services
  • Machynlleth – the mid-point of the trail, Machynlleth is on the Cambrian line with services running every two hours to Birmingham, Shrewsbury, Pwllheli and Aberystwyth
  • Welshpool – at the other end of the trail, Welshpool also sits on the Cambrian line and similarly has a two hourly service to Birmingham, Shrewsbury, Pwllheli and Aberystwyth

There are limited bus services which connect with the trail, although reasonable services run from Llanidloes, Machynlleth and Welshpool. National Express service 409 connects Welshpool with Shrewsbury, Birmingham and London with one service a day.

Guide Books and Maps

Walkers Welcome Here

After several years where guide books were difficult to find, there has recently been a plethora of guides and maps published.

Glyndŵr's Way National Trailby David Perrot

Published by Kittwake Books, David Perrot’s Glyndŵr’s Way National Trail is an updated version of his previous guide book for Aurum Press guidebook – now out of print.

The text has been thoroughly revised, with the assistance of the trail officer. Note that you can still find the Aurum version for purchase online in a few places, however the route has had some changes since Aurum published it in 2004 so it has little to recommend it.

We have yet to see a copy of the Kittiwake version, so we can’t tell you what kind of mapping it contains – if any.

Walking Glyndŵr's Wayby Paddy Dillon

Last updated in 2018, Cicerone publish Walking Glyndŵr’s Way. It has a compact format, easy for stowing in your pocket. It also includes Ordnance Survey mapping at the 1:50,000 scale, although in common with other Cicerone books, it doesn’t show a wide area around the route. It’s recommended that you take full maps with you.

Walks with History: Owain Glyndŵr's Wayby Richard Sale

Finally, from the Walks with History series is Richard Sale’s Owain Glyndŵr’s Way. Whilst this is part guide book (with hand drawn maps), it also features extensive historical information relating to the trail. Changes in the trail mean that the guide book section is now out of date, and to be frank, not the best for navigating from. However the history section is the absolutely fascinating, providing tales from across the centuries. It’s well worth getting in order to learn more about where you have been walking. If you can get hold of it, anyway.

Glyndŵr's Way Adventure Atlasby A-Z

Onto maps. Newly published in 2019 is the A-Z Glyndŵr’s Way Adventure Atlas. I am a big fan of these books as they provide Ordnance Survey Explorer level mapping (at the 1:25,000 scale), in a handy and very easy to use book format. The books even have a comprehensive index of places.

Glyndŵr's Way XT40by Harvey's

Alternatively, Harveys publish a strip map for the entire route, at their own mapping at the 1:40,000 scale. This is the first strip map of the trail, and was published in February 2014 so it should take into account recent alterations.

The route is also shown on Ordnance Survey maps. Note that you will need maps published after 2005 – the Glyndŵr’s Way existed in a different form before that, and the route varied substantially. The maps required are as follows:

  • Landranger (1:50,000): 124, 125, 126, 135, 136, 137, 147, 148
  • Explorer (1:25,000): 201, 214, 215, 216, 239, OL23

And finally, and any questions

Near Bryn Wg

So what more is there to say or do, other than to ask “When are you going then?” For you should. The Glyndŵr’s Way is an excellent walk that’s a delight to do. It can be hard work – there’s a lot of hills – but those sweeping panoramics certainly make up for it.

It’s also a walk that goes through a region that many people simply don’t visit. However it’s one that’s well worth visiting. Go on, head out there. The people are lovely and you’ll have a great time. Have fun, and if you do have any questions about the walk, please feel free to stick them in the comments box below.


jeff abell

26 January 2014 at 5:48 pm

hiya im looking to do the 135.5mile hike acrosse the Glyndwr’s way national trail, im looking to do this for a charity but wanted to know hikers aloud to camp on route If they aren’t blocking the path and take their rubbish with them?
I wanted to confirm this as It is part of my charity event to hike 135miles in 5days without visiting shops or hotels, only walking and sleeping :)

many thanks jeff

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

26 January 2014 at 6:52 pm

Hi Jeff.

The law unfortunately doesn’t allow walkers in England and Wales the legal right to wild camp (unlike Scotland where you can.) This means that officially you need to get the permission of the landowner before you camp. This is easier said than done, it must be said. But as this is the law, it’s what I recommend here!

That said, I’m sure some people do wild camp on the trail, and don’t have any problems. If you do try it, be prepared for farmers to ask you to move on! In some parts of the country, landowners are far more tolerant to wild camping than others. I don’t know what the approach is in Powys, however given I found several locked gates when I walked it, you can guess some are keener than others!

If you do decide to risk it, may I wish you very good luck!

Tony Jaques

27 March 2014 at 7:30 am

Near Welshpool the path has been re-routed to use a pre-existing rght of way from SJ177078 to SJ174084. Yesterday (26/3/2014) the path was a quagmire and the only way I could avoid slipping over on the steeper parts was to hang on to a wire fence and drag myself up. The farmer had ploughed right up to the fence and grown turnips. Then turned out several hundred ewes to eat the turnips. Add the wettest winter for a hundred years and the field is like the Somme! Effectively the path is impassable here.

It looks like the landowner is in dispute with the authorities. Marker posts have been damaged and/or thrown in the hedge and a style has been trashed at SJ174083. You can divert around it using paved lanes, but if you want to assert the right of way be prepared for mud and struggle!

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

27 March 2014 at 9:45 am

It was a common theme when we were walking that some farmers clearly didn’t want walkers there. We had several locked gates for example, which we were forced to climb over. One was clearly on its last legs thanks to people doing just that. Well if had and the farmer’s sheep got out, I wouldn’t have cared less.

I’ve seen this happen on other trails as well – there was one particular farm on the Coast to Coast who seemed to delight in dumping manure and refuse next to the path – but never to the extent that I saw on the Glyndŵr’s Way. Not wanting to put people off here – generally the walk was fine – but there’s clearly issues in some parts.

One of our B&B owners was an ex-farmer and he said it infuriated him. Rather than seeing new business opportunities – and the fact that the tourist pound helps support local businesses – he said some of them just saw problems. Funnily enough he highlighted a farm in particular near Welshpool as a prime example. I wonder if it’s the same one…


4 June 2014 at 7:17 pm

Hi Andrew,

I just red the answer i was looking for,about wild camping.
I am planning a hiking trip somewhere in the UK, I just like to camp wild to. Makes it all a bit more real for me.

So in Scotland i am able to camp out in the wild. Is it any where in Scotland or also just in some parts.

I am wondering if you can recommend me a trail in the south of Scotland about 150 miles or so. for a day or 10.

I am getting prepared to do a bigger hike next year in the USA
where i will hike (or try to) the PCT. a total of 2663 miles.


Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

5 June 2014 at 12:06 pm

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code website has all the details on where you have rights to camp – note that this is a generic page as the access code covers many activities, but camping is one of them.

I haven’t first hand experience with too many trails in the south of Scotland – just the Southern Upland Way which is about 220 miles, although you could do a chunk of it.


18 February 2015 at 11:37 pm

I’m considering doing this walk, either from Knighton or Welshpool to Machynlleth, but all the itinaries I’ve seen show the walk in the Knighton to Welshpool direction. Is there a reason this seems to be the preferred direction? Thanks (and also for the great info).

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

19 February 2015 at 9:30 am

Tracy – I can’t think of any particular reason why everything goes Knighton to Welshpool. I suspect it’s just that there’s an unwritten convention that walks tend to go south to north, or west to east.

Jon Ish

24 March 2015 at 10:24 am

Great resource this. Just a note that Harveys Maps published an excellent map of Glyndwrs Way last year, part of their XT40 National Trails series. Printed on waterproof and tear resistant polyethylene, tt has the usual high-quality Harveys mapping, clear and accurate. Well recommended.


19 August 2015 at 1:52 pm

im trying to find out distances between camp sites on glyndwars way walk if anybody can help thanks


26 February 2016 at 3:25 pm

Thank you for all information! I am planning my trip for May or June 2016 but I don’t necessary want or need to do 16 plus miles in one day. Do you think it can be done with less and still have some kind of accommodation for food and shelter? I will be prepared to camp if necessary. Cheers!

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

28 February 2016 at 10:27 pm

Hello Lucia – on the northern section you should be fine, however the southern half is more difficult. There are a few B&Bs mid way between towns, mainly on farms. I didn’t see any campsites but you could wild camp if you can find somewhere the pitch up.


8 March 2016 at 7:35 pm

ii m looking to do the trail this year . been looking for info , stumbled across your site. .. fantastic. trail info , reveiws on accomitation . .. thx.


15 March 2016 at 9:27 am

Great Site and will be happy to donate! I’m doing the walk with my son this year as part of my 60th celebrations and found your site very useful…..thanks!

Regards accommodation and pickups we also have a local B&B and Campsite, and can pickup anywhere along the route with prior agreement if anyone wanted continuity of accommodation and to save on bag transfers:


29 March 2016 at 3:36 pm

Hiya all
I am planning this to complete this walk in July 2016
will be wild Hammocking most of the way but will probably grab a B&B midway to freshen up.
Any route changes, or other tips would be greatly appreciated


19 August 2016 at 1:18 pm

Hi, I am thinking of doing the Knighton to Llanidloes part of the walk with my dog. Can anyone tell me if there are fields to be crossed with cows???? I am not worried about cows but they usually don’t like my dog. Much appreciated. Thanks

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

19 August 2016 at 8:45 pm

Hi Ang – there are definitely several fields with cows on that section of the trail.


13 December 2016 at 11:08 pm

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for all the great information.
I’m thinking about the walk in july or august 2016.
I hiked the skye trail last summer (and the west highland way before that). It was an great experience, but i kind of disliked the restless wind : my tent “flap-flapped” so much, i could barely sleep.
Would you have any information about the weather on the Glyndwr’s Way ? Is it windy ?


Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

14 December 2016 at 9:52 am

Hi Ferdidinando – the weather wasn’t particularly windy when we did it. We had some lovely weather, especially given it was April!

Rhiannon Jones

27 February 2017 at 12:35 am

I am thinking if doing 4 to 5 days of the trail and dont want to do more than about 10 miles a day. Could you recommend the best 40/50 mile stretch? I will be camping and have someone to transport me to begin of walk each day so am not tied by accommodation thanks


6 March 2017 at 4:45 pm

Of the 2 legs of the ‘V’, which would you say was, a. the more challenging, and b. the more interesting?

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

7 March 2017 at 9:12 am

Clare – I’d go with the bottom of the V every time. Certainly far more challenging, and has the better views.

Rhiannon Jones

7 March 2017 at 9:28 am


Are you meaning Knighton to Machynlleth stretch?

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

7 March 2017 at 9:52 am

Yes. Definitely Knighton to Machynlleth is definitely the better of the two.


7 March 2017 at 1:28 pm

Thank you Andrew, that’s very helpful.

H Richard

16 July 2017 at 7:43 pm

Are there any groups or walking holidays who do this walk ?

Kate and Martin Ashton Copestake

10 August 2017 at 12:56 pm

We’re thinking of doing half (Welshpool Mac) in 2018. This is an excellent site, thanks, will be in touch


18 January 2018 at 4:09 pm

I am planing the complete walk, including the 2 Offa Dyke Sections this year in aug/sept. with my dog and our tend. I plan to get from camping place to camping place, but there are a few parts where there is nothing for us to stay. And in case we don’t make it to get to the next camping in time, we are forced to pitch the tend anywhere. As it is difficult to know in advance where this can happen, do you have any advices how to handle this situations?

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

19 January 2018 at 9:06 am

All I can say Beatrix is keep an eye on the map for likely locations. Look for fields and moorlands, preferably near water. But on the Glyndŵr’s Way, be aware that the most likely spots will be filled with sheep.


25 June 2018 at 9:22 pm

Im enjoying your site and wanted to pick your brains!
I wonder if you could recommend a route for us
we are looking at 4 days, 2 full (15-20) 2 half 10ish mile maybe less if its hilly, ideally a route with hills and views, (but as we will be carrying tents not too hilly!) some nearby campsites and ideally not too many cows and sheep as im taking my dog. Does this exist. Im thinking of either Shropshire hills, Snowdonia or Glyndwrs way as I think they will be more challenging and rewarding. Wondered if anything sprung to mind?

Mike Myrer

8 September 2018 at 2:40 pm

Hy, it is advisible to Walk the Way in the Wintertime? How is the situation on the campsites between dez/Jan?
Im looking for a nice walk in Wales/England 10days/ 200-300km.

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

8 September 2018 at 10:40 pm

Mike – generally I wouldn’t recommend the Glyndŵr’s Way in the winter due to the distances between places where there is accommodation. Due to the short days, it would be a challenge to get to the next place before the sun set for the day. The trail itself isn’t too difficult and could be walked in winter.

As for campsites, well every one varies. However it’s quite standard in Britain for campsites to be closed between October and March due to the weather and reduced demand.

Mo Ali

9 July 2020 at 10:55 am

Hello, so i have managed to convince 5 of my friends to do a Hike with me which has been in the works for ages. We are all beginners and most of them do not walk much on a normal day. Would you say the Knighton to Machynlleth is a good hike for beginners? They can cover a possible 15 miles a day for sure.

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

9 July 2020 at 2:09 pm

Hello Mo – it’s a nice section – the better of the two halves of the trail in my mind. Although there’s quite a bit up and down so they might find it harder going.

Jane Duff

23 August 2020 at 9:41 pm

Its a really lovely route esp the sections over the high moorlands but there’s also quite a lot of walking along roads and wide gravel tracks . I’d recommend rerouting parts of the Felindre to Llanbadarn Fynydd track esp after the wind turbines to avoid road walking. I did find that after the grassy footpaths of Offas dyke ,Glyndwr trail was a bit hard underfoot.


11 October 2020 at 1:36 pm

Any idea why the gates are chained /locked near bwlch barn/ cefn -suran ? There is a reminder poster regarding social distancing and hand sanitizing near Garth hill so it can’t be a closure due coronavirus


10 May 2021 at 10:09 am

Very helpful info, I’ll be attempting to run it in a few weeks in one hit and was wondering 1. How well signposted it is and 2. How it tends to be underfoot.

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

11 May 2021 at 11:18 am

Hello Steven – the trail is very well signposted. Underfoot its mostly gravel or earth paths, or grass, with some tarmac here and there.

Steven James

17 May 2021 at 11:08 pm

Thanks for the info Andrew, just finalising my plans and that helps with footwear choice enormously. Will be heading out on 31/05 and hoping to finish the following afternoon/evening.

Justin Waples

15 March 2023 at 11:06 pm

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for all this great information.

I would love to do a 7 day hike on either Glyndwr’s way or an equivalent length on Offa’s Dyke Path, as both sound like less travelled paths than some other national trails. You being someone who has a lot of experience with hiking in the UK, I’m curious which path or section might you suggest for a visitor visiting the UK in June?

Kind regards,


Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

16 March 2023 at 9:32 am

Hello Justin – I’ve yet to do the Offa’s Dyke so I can’t comment. Yet. Funnily enough I’m doing a section later this year. However I’m told it is lovely, and it’s straightforward to carve out a seven day walk from it because there’s lots of public transport options. The Glyndŵr’s Way is harder to arrange a seven day walk due to there being less public transport along the route.


21 August 2023 at 3:16 pm

Hi Andrew, are there any spots in particular you would recommend for taking a rest day?

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

22 August 2023 at 9:12 am

Lyndsey – your best bet is probably Machynlleth, which is the half way point. It’s a lovely town, with things to do and rail links as well.

Stephen Foster

19 April 2024 at 12:11 pm

Hi Andrew. I have just got back after walking the Glyndwr’s Way. I wanted to inform you & anybody else planing to stay at the Y Star in Dylife that it is no longer self catering. The owners are working towards reopening the pub. In the meantime they can now provide an evening meal and cooked breakfast.

Andrew Bowden (Rambling Man editor)

19 April 2024 at 1:10 pm

Thanks for the update Stephen – that’s great to hear. I keep my eye on Y Star in particular having stayed there myself, but hadn’t spotted they’re now doing meals. Here’s hoping it’s open as a pub again in the future. I’d love to go back!

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