Newtown, Powys, in the heart of mid-Wales on the banks of the River Severn, is set in some Britain’s most attractive countryside.
One of the best ways to enjoy this scenery is on foot. A group of people who like walking decided to find circular walks and make a guide to a number of walks around Newtown. Walks to suit all ages and abilities are described in this website together with a detailed map of each route.
The walks are on public footpaths which lead through community woodland, nature reserve, riverside and canal paths, rolling hills and beautiful Montgomeryshire countryside. Routes are graded by length, time and how easy they are to do. Interesting features and historical facts are highlighted in the description but the main pleasure is simply in getting out there.
The walks start and end in the centre of Newtown. The town is linked with England and West Wales by bus and rail. You can round off your walk with shopping, tea, lunch or a pint.
The walk descriptions and maps can be downloaded in printer-friendly format. Just click on the links below. The OS maps that cover these walks are:
OS Explorer Map 214 - Llanidloes & Newtown
OS Explorer Map 215 - Newtown & Machynlleth
Footnote: All the walks take place on public footpaths and rights of way. Make sure you take care, use your common sense and respect the countryside.
These walks have been identified, opened up, and recorded by a group of local volunteers, Walking Newtown. We would welcome your feedback on these walks or your participation in our footpath activities. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
4.25 Miles/7.25k 2 hours Moderate
This walk starts and ends in the centre of Newtown. It leads you quickly up to the ridge to the north of the town, turns east and returns via small roads and a green lane back to the river and town centre. The walk gives excellent views and includes some road and off-road walking.
5.5 Miles/8.8k 2.75/3 hours Easy to Moderate
This walk starts and ends in the centre of Newtown. Climbing quickly out on the Severn Way to the north, it takes in an attractive lake and quiet countryside, before returning via a direct north-south footpath. The walk gives excellent views of the town and Severn Valley and includes some road and off-road walking.
3 Miles/ 5km 1.5 Hours Moderate
This walk starts under the Town Clock at the intersection of Broad St, High St and Severn St, the area known locally as ‘The Cross’. The building now housing Barclays Bank was erected by Sarah Brisco, a descendent of the Pryce family of Newtown Hall, to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897. Opposite the clock on Severn Street is the Robert Owen Museum and the Robert Owen Memorial Rooms are over the HSBC on the other corner. Robert Owen, the founder of the Co-operative Movement, is one of Newtown’s most famous sons.
2.5 Miles/ 4km (Shorter route 1.8 miles/ 2.9km) 1 to 1.25 hours Easy
This is a pub based walk that starts and finishes at the Waggon and Horses in Lower Canal Road. Cars can be parked near the pub either on Lower Canal Road or Dolafon Road. The Waggon and Horses is at the intersection of these two roads.
5.3 Miles/8.5k 2 hours Easy to Moderate
This walk starts and ends in the centre of Newtown. It leads you out alongside the River Severn and its tributaries and includes some road and off-road walking. The walk returns through woods eventually skirting some industrial and residential areas to reach the town centre. The walk takes you around the western boundaries of Newtown.
5.3 Miles/8.5k (shorter route: 4.5mls /7.2k) 2.5 hours (1.5 hours) Moderate
This walk starts and finishes at the Waggon and Horses in Lower Canal Road and includes Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve, with lakes and water birds and a view of Penarth Weir on the River Severn. Higher ground gives superb views of the Severn Valley and Newtown. Much of the walk is on quiet footpaths with road and some off-road walking.