Glyndwr's Way

A Mid Wales path from two points (Welshpool and Knighton) on the Offa's Dyke Trail. Glyndwr's Way, which attained National Trail status in 2000, passes through some spectacular rolling scenery, over the sites of many battles fought by Owain Glyndwr. At its mid-point is the historic town of Machynlleth, where Glyndwr was crowned Prince of Wales, and established his parliament in 1404. The trail is 135 miles/217 km long.

Welshpool is the northern starting point for Glyndwr's Way; the market town is also on the Severn Way, which follows the river from its source at Plynlimon. Take a look at Gungrog Cottage, a character cottage retaining stone walls and oak beams sleeping 6 and in a very attractive farm location with views over the town to Powis Castle.

The trail runs north west from Welshpool through Meifod, Pontrobert, Dolanog and Pont Llogel to reach Lake Vyrnwy. From Lake Vyrnwy, the trail turns south and passes through the Dyfnant Forest and on to the village of Llangadfan. Glyndwr's Way then runs south west over the Cambrian Mountains to Llanbrynmair and west to Cemmaes Road. En route, we have Ty Wennol, a two-bedroomed barn conversion with lovely views over the Dyfi Valley.

From Cemmaes Road, the trail makes its way via Abercegir to the Owain Glyndwr Centre at Machynlleth. Nearby accommodation includes Granary Cottage, a former hayloft sleeping 4 on a smallholding with fishing and Ty Dulas, a C19th stone character cottage sleeping 5 with exceptional river frontage.

The route now turns back to run south east through Forge and Aberhosan and over the Cambrian mountains to Staylittle.

Turning south from Staylittle, Glyndwr's Way skirts Clywedog Lake to reach Llanidloes. See Berthllwyd, a beautifully refurbished cottage sleeping up to 5 on the banks of the River Severn with private fishing.

1 Derw Cottages sleeping 8 and 2 Derw Cottages sleeping 4, are 5* converted farm buildings with lovely far-reaching views, and are in the same location as Derw Lodge, a high quality wooden lodge sleeping 4. All three cottages have access to shared facilities including tennis, junior football, a children's playground, table tennis, pool table and darts. There is also the option to fish on the farm lakes.

Running south east from Llanidloes over the hills and mountains, the trail reaches Bwlch-y-Sarnau and Abbeycwmhir.

After crossing the Newtown/Llandrindod Wells road, the route goes north east to Felindre in the Teme valley before turning south towards Llangunllo and then east to meet up with Offa's Dyke again at Knighton.

Wales Cottage Holidays offers The Loft, a timber-panelled loft above a former dairy sleeping up to 6 and ideal for walking, birdwatching, and visiting nearby waterfalls.