Glyndwr’s Way Intro 2-day backpack

The last ever Lasercomp pitchAn experimental trek to test my capabilities for moderate long distance backpacking using the intro section of the Glyndwr’s Way (GW) national trail.

I’ve backpacked a few of the trails as “fast-and-light” trips, but they were easy and, apart from my Hadrian's Wall trek, they were quite a long time ago: I wanted to test how I would fare now on a moderate trail maintaining the same pace, or reasonably close to it, and carrying about the same loads. To complicate matters there were impending rail strikes that would determine when decisions had to be made. The GW intro from Knighton was a good test candidate, often rising and falling as it weaves its way through the hilly landscape in the heart of Wales.

Making heavy work of the ascents, the result was apparent quite quickly: no way could I sustain this pace on this grade of route with this weight. I just managed the first planned pitch ok, but it was later than expected and my legs really knew about it. The worryingly tiring ascents were sapping the enjoyment from the walk. The next morning was the last day before the rail disruption and I had my definitive answer, I made the decision to abort and caught the bus at Llanbadarn Fynydd to Newtown.

That morning another final decision was made: after a particularly frustrating battle with the pitch, that much loved hated Laser Competition tent was destined for the bin when I landed home. Our long abusive relationship ends – now. Next time stealth is required it will be my Exogen despite the higher weight.

GW is well waymarked here and mainly follows farm tracks, field paths and narrow lanes on this section. This is a trek of broad general views over rolling hills and I took only a few photos. Despite being a national trail, I didn’t see another person for the entire walk, even on the lovely Garth Hill woodland paths on the outskirts of Knighton.

Full report & photos

2 thoughts on “Glyndwr’s Way Intro 2-day backpack

  1. The GW is a tough trail and only gets harder after that initial day! As well as the physical aspect, in summer a lot of the water sources higher up dry up, so it becomes a logistical challenge as well if wild camping. I did it in 2021 and at that time was probably the hardest multi-day hike I’d done.

  2. Hi Matt, thanks for dropping by.
    Hillwalking sure is getting a lot harder these days, that embolism I had a few years back must have had a lasting effect. The result was clear, it’s shorter days and a slower pace from now on.
    You’re dead right about water sources, I found only one flowing streamlet high up near Stanky Hill and that was very feeble. Fortunately I started with full bottles (which of course added to the weight).

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