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 Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Newtown Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
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.
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.