Marking the 600th anniversary of the death of Owain Glyndŵr

20th March 2015

This year is the ideal time to visit Glyndŵr’s Way as it is 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.

About Glyndŵr’s Way: Glyndŵr’s Way carves a beautiful and remote 135 mile loop through the open moorland, rolling farmland and forests of mid-Wales. Starting at Knighton on the English/Welsh border, the path passes west across the mid-Wales hills to Machynlleth and carves a trail back to finish in Welshpool. The complete trail is a 9-10 day long distance walk, but can be enjoyed as a series of day walks for day/weekend visitors.

About Owain Glyndŵr: In September 1400, Owain Glyndŵr embarked on a course of action that would become one of the most extraordinary episodes in Welsh history. A longstanding argument with a neighbour over some common land took a surprising turn when, after being proclaimed Prince of Wales by his followers, Glyndŵr began a revolt that would turn into all out war with the English crown. Despite some astounding early victories, Glyndŵr’s rebellion ultimately failed, destroying his reputation but ensuring his place in Welsh history.

Events along the trail in 2015

  • The 600th anniversary of Owain Glyndŵr's presumed death (rebel leader, national hero and self-appointed Prince of Wales at the beginning of the fifteenth century) who won significant battles close to the route. Owain Glyndŵr's day is 16 September
  • Machynlleth Comedy Festival: 1-3 May 2015
  • El Sueno Existe - Latin American Festival: 31 July – 2 August 2015
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales, Meifod: 1 – 8 August 2015

Photos: Crown Copyright © VisitWales 2014

More information:
Gemma Wirz-Chapman
Greentraveller Media Agency
gemma AT greentraveller.com
Tel: 07769 862 146

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Glyndŵr’s Way National Trail. Images: Crown Copyright ©VisitWales 2014 - Crown Copyright ©VisitWales 2014