Our long-distance trails along The Cambrian Way are better on horseback, bike or foot.

Travel – Cambrian Mountains Area of Astounding Natural Beauty Wales

In Glyndŵr’s footsteps

Glyndŵr’s Way is a 135-mile (217km) National Trail that takes a highly indirect (but very scenic route) between Welshpool and Knighton. It’s a generous meander through moorland, farmland, woodland and forests across the breadth of Mid Wales. You can walk the whole thing in nine days, or break it into shorter hops. The man himself, Owain Glyndŵr, is a national hero whose royal standard you’ll still see flying from flagpoles. The last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales, he led a major rebellion in the early 1400s before mysteriously vanishing.

It's not the only walking route you can follow. Experienced hikers can take on the Cambrian Way long-distance trail (298 miles/479km) between Cardiff and Conwy. It's a challenging, high-level walk taking in the highest peaks along the way across the wildest parts of Wales.

Llyn Clywedog
The view from a slate memorial on a hillside, looking over miles of rolling hills.
old fuel pump and wooden sign.

Walking Glyndŵr's Way in Mid Wales. Llyn Clywedog, the  breathtaking views from the Wynford Vaughan Thomas memorial on the slopes of Moel Fadian (along the Narrow Mountain Road from Machynlleth) and an old petrol pump.

Two wheels, off-road

Mountain biking is big in Wales. It goes with having lots of big mountains, we suppose. Mountain Bike Wales is an exhaustive guide, divided into Centres (our seven purpose-built facilities), Bases (areas that are rich in mapped routes) and Trails (suggested tours). Many of them slash across The Cambrian Way.

After a multi-day off-road adventure? We've got the recently opened 200 kilometre Traws Eryri route between Machynlleth and Conwy. And special kudos to the lads from Gloucestershire who devised their own off-road Trans Cambrian Way from Knighton to Aberdyfi, and were public-spirited enough to make a website about it. Thank you. You can come again.

Mountain bikers riding on a rock slab trail in the hills.
Two mountain bikers riding down a narrow road with views towards the coast.

Traws Eryri route near Dolgellau and approaching Conwy, North Wales

Two wheels, on-road

Up for a challenge? Lôn Las Cymru runs for over 250 miles (400km) down the length of Wales from Holyhead to Chepstow or Cardiff. Most of it’s on quiet lanes or cycle paths that take you over three mountain ranges and two National Parks. What’s more, the Lôn Las connects with all the other Sustrans routes in its 1,200-mile (1,930km) Welsh network.

Two cyclists on a narrow twisty road on a coastal hillside.

Road cycling on the Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales

Romance of a rural railway

The Cambrian Way is neatly intersected by the National Rail network at the top, middle and bottom by major train lines. But there’s something endearingly heroic about the Heart of Wales line, which chugs between Llanelli and Shrewsbury, cutting a mazy path through the farming heartlands. Flat landscapes are hard to come by here, so viaducts and tunnels lend a hand where necessary. Most rural branch lines were closed in the 1960s, but this one survived, somehow. It’s worth cherishing.

Riding high

In the uplands, Welsh ponies and cobs were always an essential part of everyday life. Some farmers still use ponies to go places where quad bikes can’t. There are plenty of riding and trekking centres along The Cambrian Way, offering everything from half-day treks to epic multi-day rides.

A person on a horse on top of a hill at sunset.

On horseback near Cader Idris, Mid Wales

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