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Trail Facts

Total distance: 135 miles (216 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days running
Minimum daily distance: 16 miles (26 km)
Maximum daily distance: 29 miles (46 km)
Code: R-GLYW2

Grade: Challenging
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Knighton
End of holiday: Buttington (For Welshpool)


Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Knighton where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Knighton to Llanbadarn Fynydd. 22.5 miles (36km)

Day 3: Llanbadarn Fynydd to Llanidloes. 24 miles (38km)

Day 4: Llanidloes to Machynlleth. 29 miles (46km)

Day 5: Machynlleth to Llanbrynmair. 16 miles (26km)

Day 6: Llanbrynmair to Pont Llogel. 21 miles (34km)

Day 7: Pont Llogel to Buttington (For Welshpool). 22.5 miles (36km)

Day 8: Depart from Buttington (For Welshpool) after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.


Extra nights / rest days

As you blaze a trail along this challenging Welsh Path, you may want to spend an extra day or two in some of the lovely destinations along the way, in order to give yourself chance to recover. You can add extra nights into your holiday at any of the stops along the trail to suit your needs.

Knighton, with its quaint narrow streets, central clock tower and 'narrows' lined with interesting little shops, is a good choice for an extra night. The town caters for people of all tastes, whether you are looking for a place to relax or a base from which to actively explore the surrounding areas. There are also plenty of places providing good food and drinks, as well as a District Sports Centre containing a swimming pool and fitness suite for those needing some gentle recovery exercise before continuing on the trail.

LLanidloes is one of the prettiest towns in Wales with a picturesque black-and-white, half-timbered Market Hall, a sturdy little 14th century church with an impressive hammer-beam roof, interesting shops, a fascinating museum and the Minerva Arts Centre, which houses the Welsh Heritage Quilt Exhibition. Should you choose to spend an extra night here, you could uncover the town?s incredibly rich history stretching as far back as the 7th century, or explore the breath-taking local area on foot, by bicycle or even by motorbike hire for a more adrenaline-fuelled adventure.

Machynlleth is another popular choice for a rest day. This delightful town has a wide main street lined with brightly-painted independent shops, as well as a number of fascinating attractions such as Glyndwr's Parliament House, the 17th century mansion of the Marquess of Londonderry and the Wales Museum of Modern Art. The world famous Centre for Alternative Technology just outside the town also provides a great day out, which contains seven acres of interactive displays demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability; a must-see for those wanting to learn more about science and the environment.

If you would like to extend your holiday by adding an extra night or two onto the end of your break, then the bustling market town of Welshpool has plenty to keep you entertained. Powis Castle and its magnificent grounds are within walking distance of the town, which is worth a visit along with the local museum and the chance to ride a working steam train. As well as this, Welshpool offers a variety of sporting activities and facilities ? including golf, horse riding and quad trekking ? and a unique blend of shops and eateries selling quality local produce that would be difficult to find anywhere else.


What's included?

  • 7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Air

The most convenient international airports are Birmingham and Cardiff.

Rail

There is a railway station at the start of the trail (Knighton). There is also a railway station at the end of the trail (Welshpool).

From London - There are train routes available between London Railway Stations and Knighton, using several different routes. From Welshpool, trains run regularly to Heathrow and Gatwick.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

Train routes are available between Welshpool and Knighton (Monday to Saturday).

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