This guide to backpacking 135 miles along Glyndwr's Way National Trail through the county of Powys in mid-Wales, and back from Welshpool to the start at Knighton in 29 miles along the Offa's Dyke Path, provides all the information you need to explore this unfrequented landscape. The trail commemorates the Welsh leader Owain Glyndwr, visiting landmarks such as Powis Castle and Glyndwr's Parliament House at Machynlleth, as well as other historial and archeological sites.
Easily accessed by train from Shrewsbury, the way is clearly waymarked throughout and there is accommodation available at the end of every stage, listed in full at the back of the guide to make planning easier. The description is broken into 9 stages of the main trail, and another 2 along Offa's Dyke Path National Trail for those who prefer a circular route, and accompanied by OS map extracts, photographs and lots of information on facilities available and historical points of interest along the way.
Offa's Dyke Path: the Route
Maps, Waymarking and Route Description
Changes Along the Dyke
Clothing and Equipment
The Rise and Fall of the Kingdom of Mercia
The Border Today
Other Long-distance Routes
The Offa's Dyke Path
1 Sedbury Cliffs to Monmouth The Lower Wye Valley
2 Monmouth to Pandy Sheep Country
3 Pandy to Hay-on-Wye Crossing the Black Mountains
4 Hay-on-Wye to Kington In the Steps of the Drovers
5 Kington to Knighton Back to the Dyke
6 Knighton to Newcastle Teme to Clun
7 Newcastle to Montgomery Crossing the Oldest Road
8 Montgomery to Buttington Bridge (for Welshpool) Over the Long Mountain
9 Welshpool (via Buttington Bridge) to Llanymynech Waterside Walking
10 Llanymynech to River Morda (for Oswestry) The Quarry Way
11 Oswestry (via River Morda) to Trevor Rocks (for Llangollen) The Last of the Dyke
12 Llangollen (via Trevor Rocks) to Pen-y-stryt Under Eglwyseg Rocks and Over the Moor
13 Pen-y-stryt to Bwlch Penbarra The Clwydian Range
14 Bwlch Penbarra to Bodfari Mother of the Mountains
15 Bodfari to Prestatyn The Last Lap
Appendix One Useful Information
Tourist Information Offices
Places of Interest
Appendix Two Mileage Chart
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 60 books to his name and contributions to 25 other books. He was walked all of Britain's National Trails and several major European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet and in the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.