|Ann Griffiths Walk||7 miles (11 km)||A lovely walk along the River Vyrnwy in Powys, with the Berwyn mountains forming a splendid backdrop. The path runs from Pont Lloge, Llwydiarth to Pontrobert with scenery including river valley and gorge, meadow, woodland and forest. |
The walk is named after the 18th Century hymn writer Ann Griffiths who lived in the area. You will pass locations associated with her life including her home at Dolwar Fach and her memorial chapel at Dolanog. View Full Details>>
|Hay Bluff||1 miles (1.5 km)||This is a popular climb to Hay Bluff hill in the Black Mountains. The hill straddles the border of Wales and England. Most of the area lies within Powys with the eastern flanks in Herefordshire. From the summit there are wonderful views over the Wye Valley and the Welsh Mountains.|
This walk starts from the Hay Bluff car park located just half a mile north west of the hill. However, you could also start the walk from Hay on Wye. Just follow the Offa's Dyke Path south from the town centre for about three miles and you will reach the hill. The path passes Cusop and Tack Wood before arriving at the car park and Stone Circle at the foot of the climb.
The route to the 677 m (2,221 ft) passes Ffynnon y Parc on a good path. You can further explore the area as the entire hill is designated as open country so walkers have the freedom to roam at will. View Full Details>>
|Kerry Ridgeway||15 miles (24 km)||This is an exceptionally beautiful walk or cycle through Powys and then into Shropshire.|
The route runs along a ridge top overlooking Wales on the one side and England on the other with spectacular views for the duration of the ride.
You start at Cider House Farm near Kerry and head east to Bishop's Castle passing through Ceri Forest on the way. You will pass through heather moors, woodlands and bilberry rich heaths with fabulous views of the Welsh and Shropshire Hills. View Full Details>>
|Pererindod Melangell||15 miles (24 km)||Travel from Pont Llogel to Llangynog and enjoy fabulous views of Lake Vyrnwy on this challenging walk. There are also wonderful views of the Cambrian and Berwyn Mountains and the Vyrnwy and Tanat Valleys.|
Lake Vyrnwy is also a RSPB Nature Reserve so look out for redwings, fieldfares, goosanders, little grebes and mallards. See the video below for more details.
The walk is waymarked with a green/blue disc. View Full Details>>
|Elan Valley Reservoirs||11 miles (17 km)||This waterside cycling and walking route takes you through the beautiful Elan Valley in Powys. The traffic free cycle path runs along the Caban-coch, Garreg-ddu and Pen-y-garreg reservoirs. It's a very beautiful area with the series of lakes surrounded by lush countryside, attractive woodland, wildflower meadows, streams, waterfalls and the Welsh hills and mountains. Along the way there is the option of climbing high above the Elan Valley on a variety of footpaths. From here you can enjoy stunning views over the reservoirs. Also of note are the spectacular dams including the Garreg-ddu dam which has the appearance of a viaduct and the Caban Coch dam which resembles a magnificent waterfall.|
The route starts from the Elan Valley car park near to the Caban Coch dam. Here there is an excellent visitor centre with a cafe, toilets and a wealth of information on the area. You then follow the good, surfaced path along the reservoirs finishing at the dam at Pen-y-Garreg Reservoir. The cycle route can be extended to a challenging 64 mile route as shown on the video below.
You can virtually follow the route by clicking on the google street view link below!
The route can be extended by heading to the bearby Claerwen Reservoir which has a nice cycle and walking trail along the northern side of the water. View Full Details>>
|Lake Vyrnwy||11 miles (18 km)||Follow the lakeside cycle lanes around this lovely reservoir on this circular ride in Powys. The country lanes around the water are flat and well maintained so this is a farily easy waterside ride. It's a lovely area with the lake surrounded by hills and attractive woodland. You can hire bikes at Llandwddyn at the southern end of the water.|
This route starts from the visitor centre near the village of Llanwddyn and the impressive Vyrnwy Dam. You then follow the B4393 around the water for about 12 miles.
The whole of this route is probably more suitable for cyclists but walkers can enjoy the reserve too. There's nice paths at the southern end of the water near the visitor centre. There's also woodland trails on both the western and eastern side of the lake. At the northern end of the lake you will find the beautiful Rhiwargor Waterfall. There's a nice track running along the Afon Eiddew to the spectacular waterfall.
The area is also a RSPB nature reserve so you can look out for a variety of birds including great crested grebes, dippers and buzzards. There are bird hides around the lake.
You can follow the trail using the google street view link below. View Full Details>>
|Rhiwargor Waterfall||1 miles (1.5 km)||Visit these beautiful falls near Lake Vyrnwy on this short walk in Powys. The Rhiwargor Trail takes you along the Afon Eiddew to a series of pretty waterfalls. You can park at the Rhiwargor Waterfall car park at the northern end of the lake. From here you get direct access to the footpaths along the river to the falls. It's a lovely area with the rushing river surrounded by attractive woodland and the steep hills of the Afon Eiddew Valley. There's picnic areas by the water, nice grassy paths and a stream crossing on some stepping stones.|
You can extend your walk by strolling along the lovely Lake Vyrnwy. The area is also a RSPB nature reserve so you can look out for a variety of birds including great crested grebes, dippers and buzzards.
There's bike hire at the southern end of the lake so you could hire a bike and cycle to the falls from Llanwddyn. View Full Details>>
|Corndon Hill||2 miles (4 km)||Climb to this prominent hill in Powys and enjoy wonderful views over the Long Mynd and Stiperstones on this lovely walk on the Wales-England border.|
You can start the walk from a parking area just north of the hill, near the Mitchell's Fold stone circle. From here it is a short walk to the hill summit which stands at a height of 1,683 ft. The view from here is first class with the Shropshire Hills and Welsh Mountains stretching out in front of you for miles. On a clear day the Clee Hills, Severn Valley, Clwydian Hills, Cheshire Plain, Cadair Idris, the Rhinogs and the Black Mountains are all in focus.
After taking in the view you can return the same way or turn it into a longer circular walk by descending south east and then south from the summit. The footpath then loops round to Lan Fawr near Priest Weston before returning to the car park.
The walk to Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle starts from the same car park so you can easily visit the fascinating Bronze Age stones at the same time.
Corndon Hill is located just a few miles west of the wonderful Stiperstones Nature Reserve. It's a great place to continue your walking with its craggy rock outcrops, gorgeous heather heathland and more wonderful views from the elevated position.
The long distance Shropshire Way also runs nearby and is another great way to explore this beautiful area on foot.
Also of interest is the Bishop's Castle Ring long distance footpath. It passes just to the west of the hill and will take you on a tour of the countryside and hills surrounding the Shropshire market town of Bishop's Castle. View Full Details>>
|Hergest Ridge||4 miles (6.5 km)||Cross the Hergest Ridge on this splendid walk on the England Wales border. The ridge runs between Kington in Herefordshire to the little village of Gladestry in Powys, Wales. It's an exhilirating and beautiful way to cross the border between the two countries. The route runs for about 4 miles along the Offa's Dyke Path reaching a height of 426 m (1,398 ft). There are fabulous panoramic views of the Welsh Hills and English countryside as you make your way across the ridge. The beautiful area inspired the 1974 album 'Hergest Ridge' by the English musician Mike Oldfield.|
You can start the walk in the centre of Kington, picking up the trail on Ridgebourne Road and following it west up to the ridge. The route then passes Yeld Wood and Hanter Hill before descending into Gladestry where you can enjoy refreshments. The route also passes a disused Victorian circular country racecourse, popular between 1825 and 1846. You can still see the markings about half way along the ridge.
To extend your walk you can continue along the path towards Newchurch. The Mortimer Trail also passes through Kington so you can also pick up this path and explore the Herefordshire countryside north of the town. View Full Details>>
|Cadair Berwyn||5 miles (8 km)||Climb to the highest point in the Berwyn range on this challenging walk in North East Wales. The walk starts from the car park at Tan-y-pistyll and takes you to the beautiful Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall. The falls are 240-foot (73 m) high and regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. You'll pass through attractive woodland and along the rushing waters of the Afon (River) Rhaeadr on this section of the walk. |
You then climb to Moel Sych the joint second highest summit on the Berwyn range. Here you will find a cairn and lovely views down to Llyn Lluncaws.
From Moel Sych you continue to the 832 m (2,730 ft) summit of Cadair Berwyn. The summit lies on the border between Powys and Denbighshire, and is the highest point in Denbighshire. The views in all directions are simply stunnning with Cheshire, the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia all visible on a clear day.
From here you could continue to Cadair Bronwen but this route descends to the glacial Llyn Lluncaws and then through the beautiful Cwm Nant y Llyn valley before returning to the car park. It's a nice descent with the Nant y Llyn stream and some gorgeous scenery to enjoy. There is a B&B and a cafe near the falls so you can refresh yourself after the walk. View Full Details>>
|Severn Way||224 miles (360 km)||Follow the River Severn from its source at Plynlimon in Powys, to Bristol, the mouth of the river. You start the walk at Plynlimon in upland Mid Wales, before descending into Llanidloes, Newtown, Powys, and Welshpool. The route then follows the towpath of the Montgomery Canal passing The Wrekin and continuing on through Shrewsbury, the Severn Gorge, and the historic town of Ironbridge. You then cross into Worcestershire passing Bewdley, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcester and Upton-upon-Severn in the Malvern Hills. The next section passes through Gloucestershire and includes a section along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal which takes you past the fascinating abandoned ships at Purton Hulks. You'll also visit Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Berkeley Castle and on to the Severn Estuary and the mouth of the Severn. The final section takes you from Severn beach to Bristol via Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton and through the Avon Gorge. |
The route is well waymarked with a blue and white logo. View Full Details>>
|Sarn Sabrina Walk||25 miles (40 km)||This stunning circular walk explores the area around the town of Llanidloes in Powys. You begin at Llanidloes and pass along the beautiful Llyn Clywedog with its large dam, before climbing into the Cambrian mountains, where you will arrive at the highest point of the range at Plynlimon. Here you will find the source of the River Severn - the longest river in Britain, marked with a post in both English and Welsh. The route then returns to Llanidloes, passing through Hafren Forest, before joining the River Severn for a long waterside section that leads you to the finish point of the walk.|
The walk is named after the Celtic myth of Sabrina, a water nymph said to inhabit the waters of the River Severn. View Full Details>>
|Castell Dinas Bran||2 miles (3.8 km)||This walk visits the atmospheric ruins of a medieval castle from the attractive north Wales town of Llangollen. The 13th century castle is about a 1 mile climb from the town centre, rising to a height of over 1000ft. From this elevated position there are stunning views over the surrounding mountains and hills of North Wales.|
Start the walk from the canal in Llangollen, near to the train station. You can then follow paths north up to the site. It's quite a challenging climb but there are good paths and the reward of splendid views over Dee Valley.
The castle was probably built in the 1260s by Gruffydd Maelor II, a Prince of Powys Fadog, on the site of an Iron Age hillfort. The Great Hall is sited on the castle's southern side, where some of the more visible remains can be seen. It's a very photogenic spot with the ruins surrounded by some breathtaking scenery.
Footpaths run along the northern side of the castle allowing you to complete a circuit of the hill before descending back into the town. View Full Details>>
|Brecon Beacons Way||98 miles (158 km)||Follow the Beacons Way through the centre of the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. The walk begins at Abergavenny and follows the trail through the park to Llangadog. On the way you will pass some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK with marvellous views of Sugarloaf Mountain, Skirrid Fawr, Llanthony Priory, The Black Mountains, Talybont Reservoir, Table Mountain and Pen Y Fan - the highest peak in South Wales and southern Britain.|
The walk is waymarked with a black and white disc. View Full Details>>
|Montgomery Canal||35 miles (56 km)||Enjoy easy waterside cycling and walking along the Montgomery Canal through Powys and Shropshire. The whole of the route can be walked while cyclists can enjoy the section from Newtown to Welshpool along National Cycle Network route 81. It's a great ride and suitable for families and people of all abilities. |
Starting in Newtown you follow the River Severn towards Llanllwchaiarn and the start of the canal. You then follow the towpath north passing the Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve and a series of pretty villages including Abermule and Berriew where the canal is carried over the River Rhiw aqueduct. The route continues to Welshpool passing Powis Castle and the Llyn Coed y Dinas Nature Reserve. It's a super section of the canal with wildlife such as otters and water voles to look out for.
From Welshpool you continue north to Arddleen and Four Crosses where you cross the Vyrnwy Aqueduct. It's a highlight of the route with splendid views of the River Vyrnwy to enjoy.
The route continues through Pant and Maesbury Marsh before finishing at Frankton Locks in Shropshire. Here you can pick up the Llangollen Canal and enjoy more waterside walking. View Full Details>>
|Much Wenlock||6 miles (9.5 km)||A circular walk around the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, visiting the Wenlock Priory before exploring the surrounding countryside. There's nice views of the Shropshire hills including the famous Wrekin.|
Starting in the centre of the town the walk picks up the Shropshire Way long distance trail and follows it to the nearby Wenlock Priory. The fascinating site includes the atmospheric ruins of the 12th century St Milburga's Priory and some fine topiary in the surrounding grounds. It is run by English Heritage who charge a reasonable fee for entry. This gives you access to the Norman Chapter House with its elaborate stone carvings and the cloister garden. Here you'll find a huge lavabo (water vessel) with 12th-century carvings and some attractive topiary.
After exploring the priory the route then picks up public footpaths to take you east, towards Arlescott Farm. Here you can see the humps and hollows of the lost medieval village of Arlescott.
The route then turns left to pick up a section of the Jack Mytton Way to Wyke Farm. Here you turn west and follow the trail along a country lane to Bradley Farm where you turn south to return to the town. View Full Details>>
|Tewkesbury||11 miles (17
km)||This riverside circular walk explore the town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. It's a great place for waterside strolls with the River Avon and River Severn running past the town.|
The walk starts in the town centre near to the 12th century Tewkesbury Abbey. You then follow trails north along the River Avon, passing the attractive meadows at Severn Ham. There's lots of pretty wildflowers to see here in the summer months.
Just before Tewkesbury Quay you cross the bridge and follow the Avon round to where it meets up with the River Severn. Cross the Mythe Bridge and head south along the Severn towards Tirley.
The route then crosses the Haw Bridge and follows the footpath on the opposite side of the river towards the village of Deerhurst. Take a short detour here to visit the fasctinating Odda's Chapel. The Grade I listed Anglo-Saxon church dates from the 11th century. It is partly incorporated into a 16th or early 17th century farmhouse and was being used for accommodation when in 1865 its historic significance was realised.
After exploring Deerhurst continue along the Severn Way back to the town centre and the finish point. View Full Details>>
|Shrewsbury River Walk||2 miles (3.6 km)||A circular walk around the attractive town of Shrewsbury, visiting the River Severn, Shrewsbury Castle and The Quarry park.|
The walk starts next to the train station at Shrewsbury Castle. The red sandstone castle dates from the 11th century and sits on a hill directly above the station. You can explore the castle grounds for free or, for a fee, visit the museum which includes regimental pictures, uniforms, medals, weapons and other equipment from the 18th Century to the present day.
After exploring the castle the walk heads around the station to the river where you can pick up the Severn Way. Follow the path south to the Grade II listed English Bridge. You can cross the bridge to visit the pretty Abbey Gardens and Shrewsbury Abbey, which was founded in 1083.
The path then follows the bend of the river to The Quarry park. The 29 acre park was created in 1719 and includes the Dingle, a former stone quarry, now a beautiful landscaped sunken garden. There's also lovely wide lawns, ponds with fountains and the noteworthy War Memorial. This consists of an impressive bronze winged and armoured statue of St. Michael.
The park is also home to the popular Shrewsbury Flower Show which takes place every August.
After exploring The Quarry the route then returns to the river, where you cross the Porthill Bridge to the opposite side. Here you will pass The Quantum Leap, a sculpture created to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of evolutionist Charles Darwin, who was born in the town in 1809.
The route then passes the 18h century Welsh Bridge before crossing the river and heading through the town centre. You'll pass the noteworthy Shrewsbury Library which was the home of Shrewsbury School from 1550 until 1882. Soon after you return to the castle and the finish point of the walk. View Full Details>>
|Wye Valley Walk||138 miles (222 km)||This walk takes you through the beautiful Wye Valley in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Wales.
The walk begins on the mouth of the River Wye at Chepstow Castle in Monmouthshire and follows the River Wye north to Monmouth, passing the fascinating ruins of Tintern Abbey on the way. You continue through Ross on Wye to Hereford and then onto Hay on Wye. You then return to Wales and head to Builth Wells, Newbridge and Rhayader before the final stretch takes you towards the source of the Wye on the slopes of Plynlimon mountain in Powys.
There's plenty of spectacular mountainous scenery as you pass through the Wye Valley AONB, with several waterside sections along the River Wye to enjoy. You'll also visit the splendid Symonds Yat Rock where there are fine woodland trails and wonderful views over the Wye Valley gorge.
The walk is well waymarked with a white disc featuring a leaping salmon. View Full Details>>
|Wat's Dyke Way Heritage Trail||62 miles (99 km)||A new walking route running through the pastoral countryside near the Welsh-English border. The trail runs from Llanymynech in Powys to Holywell in Flintshire following Wat's Dyke - a 40-mile earthwork. On the route: |
Montgomery Canal - the walk follows the canal from the start at Llanymynech to Maesbury (video below).
Oswestry - the next stage takes you to this interesting town with a Celtic Hill Fort.
Erbistock - you will cross the River Dee at this pretty village.
Wrexham - the walk then heads to the largest town in north Wales, passing the National Trust Property of Erddig Hall just before.
Alyn Waters Country Park - the next stage takes you through this lovely park and the villages of Hope and Caergwrle
Holywell - the finish point for the walk, taking its name from the nearby St Winefride's Holy Well, one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. The walk finishes at Basingwerk Abbey - a 12th century Cistercian monastery.
The walk is waymarked with a green and white disc. View Full Details>>