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|Length||135 mi (217 km)|
|Trailheads|| Knighton, Powys |
Glyndŵr's Way (Welsh : Llwybr Glyndŵr) is a long-distance footpath in mid Wales. It runs for 135 miles (217 km) in an extended loop through Powys between Knighton and Welshpool, and anchored on Machynlleth to the west.
Its name derives from the early 15th century Welsh prince and folk hero Owain Glyndŵr, whose parliament sat in Machynlleth in 1404.Glyndŵr's Way was granted National Trail status in 2000 to mark the beginning of the third millennium and the 600th anniversary of an ill-fated but long-running and culturally significant rebellion in 1400.
The footpath officially begins in Knighton, on the English border, where it links with Offa's Dyke Path. Running in roughly a horseshoe shape, it passes small market towns such as Llanidloes and quiet villages including Abbeycwmhir and Llanbadarn Fynydd, traversing central Mid Wales to Machynlleth near the Dyfi estuary and returning across Wales via Llanbrynmair, Llangadfan and Lake Vyrnwy and the valley of the River Vyrnwy to Welshpool 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Wales–England border.
Some walkers complete it start to finish in about 10 days, some complete it in sections over various weekends, and some just walk the section that appeals to them. The route is varied, is often challenging, and should not be attempted without preparation. Accommodation can be booked all along the route at hotels, guest houses or campsites.
The route passes nationally important Welsh natural habitats such as sessile oak woodlands, upland mire and heath, and ancient hedgerows. The area from Penfforddlas to Aberhosan is noted for its heather moorlands.
Offa's Dyke is a large linear earthwork that roughly follows the current border between England and Wales. The structure is named after Offa, the Anglo-Saxon king of Mercia from AD 757 until 796, who is traditionally believed to have ordered its construction. Although its precise original purpose is debated, it delineated the border between Anglian Mercia and the Welsh kingdom of Powys.
Offa's Dyke Path is a long-distance footpath following closely the Wales–England border. Opened in 1971, it is one of Britain's National Trails and draws walkers from throughout the world. About 60 miles (97 km) of the 177-mile (285 km) route either follows, or keeps close company with, the remnants of Offa's Dyke, an earthwork, most of which was probably constructed in the late 8th century on the orders of King Offa of Mercia.
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Welshpool is a town and community in Wales, historically in the county of Montgomeryshire, but currently administered as part of the unitary authority of Powys. The town is situated 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Wales–England border and low-lying on the River Severn; its Welsh language name Y Trallwng means "the marshy or sinking land". Welshpool is the fourth largest town in Powys. The community includes Cloddiau and Pool Quay.
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Knighton is a small market town and community in Powys, Wales, on the River Teme and the England–Wales border. The Teme is not navigable in its higher reaches. Part of the town, including Knighton railway station, is in Shropshire. Originally an Anglo-Saxon settlement, it later became a partially planned Norman town. It was situated in Mercia, being east of Offa's Dyke.
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