GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Newtown Walk

8 miles (13.2 km)

Newtown is located in Powys near to the Wales-England border. It has an attractive town centre which includes a museum to the textile manufacturer and social reformer Robert Owen who was born in the town. There's some nice walks along the River Severn and the Montgomery Canal which runs through the area.
This walk from the town takes you along the River Severn and the canal to two of the highlights of the area at the Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve and the historic Dolforwyn Castle.
The walk starts in the town centre by the river. Here you can pick up the Severn Way and follow the waymarked footpath east along the river and through the town. You cross the river on a footbridge before continuing east through the little village of Llanllwchaiarn on the outskirts of Newtown.
The path then continues to the Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve which is a good place to look out for birdlife such as Kingfisher and Little Grebe. There's nice trails here along the Montgomery Canal and some woodland footpaths.
After exploring the reserve the route continues past Aberbechan, following the canal and river to Newhouse. Here you leave the canal and head north to Castle Wood and Dolforwyn Castle. Here you can explore the ruins of this 13th century castle and find out about its interesting place in Welsh history. From the castle's elevated position there are fine views over the surrounding countryside.
After exploring the castle ruins the route returns to the town on the same paths.

Newtown OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Newtown Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to the Pheasant in Newtown for some refreshments after your walk. The friendly pub does good food and also has an outdoor area if the weather is good. You can find it on Market Street with a postcode of SY16 2PQ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

It's a nice walk for dogs but it's probably best to keep them on leads around the nature reserve and the castle. The Pheasant pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area you could head north east along the Severn Way to visit Berriew and Welshpool. There's nice trails along the canal with a detour possible to the nearby Powis Castle. Here you'll find stunning gardens regarded as one of the greatest surviving examples of Baroque garden design in Britain.
You can also pick up the epic Glyndwr's Way and Offa's Dyke Path near this area.
Head west into the Cambrian Mountains and you will soon come to Dylife where you can pick up the circular Dylife Waterfall Walk. This explores a wonderful gorge with spectacular views to the Ffrwd Fawr waterfall. Near here there's also the tranquil circular walk around the Glaslyn Nature Reserve.


River Severn east of Newtown - - 1091083

River Severn east of Newtown. Taken from the course of the Montgomery Canal (now filled in and raised as flood defences) beside Cymric Mill, looking down the river towards the Pump House

River Severn, Newtown - - 1141329

River Severn, Newtown Viewed from the northern end of Long Bridge. The tower of the Church of Saint Mary, abandoned for worship in 1856 because it was too small and was frequently subject to flooding, stands on what at this point is the south bank of the river. Beside it are buildings associated with the Elephant and Castle Hotel. The flood defence wall was constructed after serious flooding in the 1960s. It is not unusual for the water to rise well above the footpath on the river side of this wall.

Newtown, Wales

Newtown town centre

Canada geese at Pwll Penarth - - 575105

Canada geese at Pwll Penarth. Pwll Penarth has been developed as a wetlands nature reserve over the last ten years. Disused settling ponds at the nearby sewage works have been remodelled and furnished with a couple of bird hides, one of which can be seen on the right.

Long Bridge, Newtown - - 1020092

Long Bridge, Newtown. Designed by the County Surveyor Thomas Penson in 1826 to replace a wooden bridge. Penson built a lot of bridges across the Severn in his time as County Surveyor and tended to make them rather narrow. This one was no exception and the iron "outriggers" that carry the pavement on both sides were added by Penson in 1857 to replace the original parapets and make the bridge wide enough for traffic to pass in both directions on the bridge itself. River levels were particularly high the day this photo was taken and much of the riverside path was under water.

Keep and gatehouse - Dolforwyn Castle - - 1320364

Keep and gatehouse - Dolforwyn Castle. The castle was built by Llewelwyn ap Gruffudd, Prince of Gwynedd, between 1273 and 1277 as a rival to King Edward's castle across the River Severn in Montgomery. The castle fell to Edward in his first Welsh campaign in 1277 and passed to the Mortimers. The castle fell out of use in the 15th Century. A new settlement 'Newtown' was developed replacing the old town.

Dolforwyn Castle at sunrise - - 308177

Dolforwyn Castle at sunrise. Much of the castle has been excavated and preserved over recent years but there is a settlement to the west which still lies untouched.

Pump House - - 1243089

Pump House. A view of the Pump House taken from the Canal Road. The Pump House (now a private residence) stands between the course of the Montgomery Canal (on the left, filled in at this point) and the river. Presumably it served to maintain water levels in the canal, which terminated a short distance west of here.


GPS Files

GPX File

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