2018 second edition.
Glyndŵr’s Way carves a very remote and beautiful 135 mile arc which stretches through the hills and mountains of Mid-Wales between Knighton and Welshpool, anchored in the west by Machynlleth. This town was, for a short while in the 15th century, declared the capital of Wales by Owain Glyndŵr, in a place which to many eyes was logically as central a situation for this institution as you can get in the Principality. From the bleak but beautiful isolation of Beacon Hill Common to the tranquillity of the River Vyrnwy, from the lonely moorland above Dylife to the rolling farmland of the Vale of Meifod, Glyndŵr’s Way offers an exhilarating walking experience and exploration of the remote Mid-Wales countryside. The route passes habitats which are nationally important, such as sessile oak woodland with carpets of bluebells, upland mire and heath, ancient truly hedgerows and un-spoilt river valleys. A particularly notable section is from Penfforddlas to Aberhosan, which bisects part of the Pumlumon massif noted for the extent and quality of its heather moorland, an increasingly rare habitat. Walkers on Glyndŵr’s Way will also have the opportunity to observe at first hand the rich variety of wildlife typical of Mid-Wales. Birds such as skylark, buzzard and red kite are commonly seen along the route, and many lanes and hedge banks are rich with wildflowers, particularly in the spring. Mid-Wales also remains a stronghold for the traditional pattern of small fields, whilst some sections pass through or close by common land, wind turbines and forestry, providing an insight into varying types of land management. It’s a truly wonderful 135-mile long-distance walk. This fully revised edition was put together with the invaluable help of the official Glyndwr’s Way manager, Helen Tatchell.