There are several wonderful National Trails that run through the gorgeous country of Wales, with Glyndŵr’s Way being among the most popular of them all. The pathway was designated as a National Trail back in 2000 and is named after Owain Glyndŵr, who was a folk hero early in the 15th century. He was famous for winning historical battles in the region of the trail end.
Glyndŵr’s Way is 135 miles long and lies in mid Wales. The average length of a hike if you want to complete the whole distance is nine days. Some parts of the trail are also open to cyclists and horseback riders. The highest point along the scenic hike is Foel Fadian, which reaches 1,673 feet into the fresh, clean country air.
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The starting point of the hike is at the town clock in the community of Knighton and it wraps up at a public park in Welshpool. Along the way, you’ll see some magnificent forests, woodland, rolling farms, and open moorland. There are numerous historical highlights along the way such as Glyndwr’s Parliament House in the community of Machynlleth, the Llyn Clywedog reservoir, Lake Vyrnwy, and the splendid Cambrian Mountains.
One of the most tranquil and peaceful sections of the trail is from Clywedog reservoir over to Glaslyn. The scenery is amazing as you’ll pass some green rolling hills and then head into moorland landscape. Some of the nearby towns you’ll pass along the way include Llanidloes, Welshpool, Knighton, and Machynlleth.
You can reach the finish and starting points of Glyndŵr’s Way by rail from Swansea, Knighton, Shrewsbury, Welshpool, London, Machynlleth, and Birmingham. You can enjoy the trail at any time of the year as the scenery is just as pretty during all four seasons. The days are naturally longer and warmer during the summer months, but the springtime sees the beautiful wildflowers in bloom and the fall sees the trees changing their colors.
Also, when the snow falls in Wales it’s quite a wonderful sight. But just be aware that some of the accommodations and campgrounds could be closed during the winter months. You’ll also need to dress appropriately for the colder weather and remember the days are quite a bit shorter. However, whatever time of the year you hike the trail, you’ll see some memorable sights.
There are some accommodations along Glyndŵr’s Way, but it’s a good idea to book a room, a bed and breakfast or campground in advance. There aren’t any hostels along the trail at the moment, but you will find a few campgrounds where you can pitch a tent and rest before continuing your hiking adventure.
One of the most attractive things about the trail for some people is the fact that it’s generally not very busy. This could be because it’s one of Britain’s newer National Trails and it’s relatively unknown. The busiest sections of the route are near the towns, but when you’re out in the countryside you may be able to hike for miles without seeing anything other than the friendly four-legged animals.