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Clare Balding explores favourite British walks
Clare Balding - iconic walks
Clare BaldingIn celebration of Clare Balding's 100th edition of Ramblings (23rd March), this new series is devoted to exploring the iconic walks of the United Kingdom.
Glyndwr's Way
16 March 2007
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This week Clare is in mid Wales to walk a section of Glyndwr’s Way, between Dylife and Glaslyn, with Chris and Ronnie (Veronica) Catling.

Glyndwr’s Way is the newest of the three national trails in Wales and is named after the medieval hero Owain Glyndwr. From his youth he had been loyal to the English throne, but when his English neighbour stole some of his land, his outrage sparked rebellion against King Henry IV and his forces. Glyndwr was over 40 years old when the uprising began in 1400 and was thought by his followers to possess supernatural powers over the elements, such was his clever use of his knowledge of the weather and the terrain to assist him in his guerrilla warfare. The 135 mile walk encompasses several important sites of the campaign, including Machynlleth, the site of his first Welsh Parliament and Abbey Cwmhir, the spiritual home of free Medieval Wales.
Clare's companions on the walk , Chris and Ronnie Catling, although originally from Plymouth and North Cornwall respectively, have lived in Wales for over 20 years. They have walked several long distance walks including Glyndwr’s Way in its entirety

Map: OS Explorer Map 215 West Sheet
Start: Dylife
Start Grid Ref: 861940
End: above Glaslyn
End Grid Ref: 832943
Distance: 5 miles
Terrain: mainly footpath, with some hills
Suitable for: most keen walkers.

The Route:
Start at the car park in Dylife opposite the Star Inn.
Cross the road and take the track to your left up the hill to meet Glyndwr’s way along the ridge.
Continue along, passing a Roman fortlet on the hillside.
The track dissects an old field boundary. Follow the field boundary uphill, keeping it on your left until the field boundary goes sharply downhill.
The leave it and contour round the hill to a gate. Go through the gate and continue contouring an ill-defined path above a dramatic gorge. The remains of an old adit can be seen on the hillside.
The path slowly descends, still going round the hill, dropping quite sharply down to a stream.
Cross over using the footbridge and stop to admire the waterfall before taking the narrow path uphill.
Climb over a stile and head up the track.
Continue past old mine workings on the left.
Continue along the track with good views of Glaslyn (means Blue Lake) which forms part of the Montgomery Wildlife Nature Reserve.
On a clear day, there are views of Foel Fadian
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