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Introducing Glyndŵr's Way National Trail

Posted by Richard Hammond at 09:35 on Friday 06 March 2015

Heard of Glyndŵr’s Way? This little-known National Trail carves a beautiful and remote 135 mile loop through the open moorland, rolling farmland and forests of Mid Wales. 

This year marks 600 years since the death of the Welsh rebel and historical icon Owain Glyndŵr. Photo: © Crown copyright (2014) Visit WalesThis year marks 600 years since the death of the Welsh rebel and historical icon Owain Glyndŵr. Photo: © Crown copyright (2014) Visit WalesThe remote and stunning Glyndŵr’s Way in mid-Wales leads walkers through the location of a fierce 15th century revolt, led by the self-proclaimed Prince of Wales.

Appealing to hikers with an affinity for remote and unique countryside, Glyndŵr’s Way is one of only 16 national trails in England and Wales and the most recently designated.

This year is the ideal time to visit, marking 600 years since the death of the Welsh rebel and historical icon Owain Glyndŵr. The spectacular and relatively unexplored trail takes travellers on a 135 mile journey through countryside that was the site of several major battles during the 15th century rebellion. Among several sites of particular interest along the way, the town of Machynlleth is a must visit for history fans. Proclaimed the capital of Wales by Glyndŵr, the recently renovated Owain Glyndŵr Centre is built on the site of the famous parliament held in 1404 at which Glyndŵr was crowned Prince of Wales.

Starting at Knighton on the English/Welsh border, the trail passes west across the mid-Wales hills to Machynlleth before carving a trail back to finish in Welshpool. While the complete trail takes 10 days to complete, sections can easily be enjoyed as day or weekend walks.

Along the route, walkers experience bleak, beautiful isolation at Beacon Hill Common, tranquility and spectacular birdlife with views of Lake Vyrnwy, lonely moorland above Dylife and the increasingly rare habitat of heather moorland across the Pumlumon massif.

>> nationaltrail.co.uk/glyndwrs-way

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Glyndŵr's Way National Trail is a 135 mile loop through the open moorland, rolling farmland and forests of Mid Wales. Photo: Richard Hammond/GreentravellerGlyndŵr's Way National Trail is a 135 mile loop through the open moorland, rolling farmland and forests of Mid Wales. Photo: Richard Hammond/Greentraveller

Posted by Richard Hammond

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