Length: 213km (132 miles).
Average number of days to complete: 9.
Users: Walkers, approximately 60% available for cyclists and horseriders too.
Highest point: Foel Fadian 510m (1,530 ft).
Start point: The Town Clock at Knighton.
Finish point: The public park next to the canal in Welshpool.
Landscape: Open moorland and rolling farmland with woodland and forests. Highlights: Glyndwr’s Parliament House in Machynlleth, Lake Vyrnwy, Llyn Clywedog reservoir, views over the Cambrian Mountains.
Famous Associations: Owain Glyndwr and Llywelyn Ap Gruffudd (the last true Welsh Prince of Wales).
Trail Officers favourite part: 'Glaslyn & Foel Fadian because of the contrast of the moorland at Glaslyn with the spectacular view at Foel Fadian down the Dulas Valley looking out to sea'.
Nearest towns: Knighton, Llanidloes, Machynlleth and Welshpool are on the Trail. Shrewsbury is 20 minutes away by train, Swansea is 3 hours.
Access: London Euston to Shrewsbury is 3 hours (changing at Birmingham or Wolverhampton). Birmingham to Shrewsbury is 1 hour and Shrewsbury is 50 minutes from Knighton, 1 hour from Machynlleth and 20 minutes from Welshpool. London Paddington to Swansea is 3 hours, Swansea to Knighton is 3 hours.
Information available: A National Trail Guide by Aurum Press will be published in 2004. A set of 16 leaflets are available of the route, produced by the Countryside Council for Wales and Powys County Council. A Glyndwr’s Way accommodation guide has also been produced and is updated annually. Copies of all these leaflets, which are free of charge, are available from Tourist Information Centres along the route.
Contact for all information and advice: Heol Maengwyn, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8EE.
Telephone: 00 44 (0) 1654 703376. In the absence of a National Trail Officer, more detailed information can be obtained from the main Tourist Information Centres at Knighton 00 44  1547 528753, Machynlleth 00 44  1654 702401 & Welshpool 00 44  1938 552043.
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