Day 5: Esgair Fochnant – Machynlleth

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Looking back at where we'd come from the previous day

The faint zig-zag path just left of centre was out route down to the campsite last night - jelly legs all round!

Looking down on the outskirts of Machynlleth - the half-way point on the walk. The wind turbine for the Centre for Alternative Technology stands just to the right of centre-frame

Having just descended the Roman Steps (which are thought to be mid- to late 19th century) leading from the original sunken road down into town

Machynlleth town centre. Our campsite was right in the middle, on a patch of ground beside a bunkbarn just off the main street

Machynlleth was the seat of Owain Glyndwr's parliment in 1404, and he planned to make the town his capital

Owain Glyndwr's memorial in the grounds of Plas Machynlleth gleaming in the evening sun

3 thoughts on “Day 5: Esgair Fochnant – Machynlleth

  1. Hi there,

    I came across your website whilst researching the Glyndwr’s Way. Your blog really helped me understand the distances involved and was just great to see. I’m so glad you put these pics online! great stuff.

    I’m visiting UK in June from California (where i now live) and me and my girlfriend are planning a 5 night backpacking trip on the Glyndwr’s way and another 5 night trip in the lake district (eden valley).

    If you had to choose do you recommend the 1st half (Knighton to Machynlleth) or the 2nd half ( Machynlleth to Welshpool)??

    I’m sure its hard to choose :)

    Thanks!!!!

    • Hi,

      I’m glad you found my site, and found it useful! The plans for your trip in June sound lovely, you’ll be visiting two of the most beautiful parts of the UK. The Lake District is high on my list of places I want to explore next – when I get chance!

      Choosing just half of Glyndwr’s Way was a very hard decision but… I think I would recommend the first half – Knighton to Machynlleth. Most of my favourite parts of the walk were in those five days – Abbey cwm Hir, Clywedog reservoir, the walk down off Foel Fadian into Esgair Fochnant, and Machynlleth itself. You are your girlfriend should get a real feel for that part of the country over that first half of the walk.

      Best of luck for your trip, I hope you get the weather to go with it!

      Many thanks again for stopping by the site – it’s nice to know people are still stumbling across it :)

  2. Hi again,

    Thank you for your response. Yes we are both getting excited for our trip now. I know it must have been a hard decision to choose which section is best, so I appreciate your advice with that one.

    Next task for me is trying to reserve spots at the campgrounds. Hope they are not full up :)

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