The  Newtown Outdoor Fesival 2020 has been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For updates on the festival, which we hope to hold on the first weekend of June, 2021, please go to the web site and facebook page:

www.newtownoutdoorfestival.uk 

 

When we are able to reschedule, there will be guided & self-guided walks sponsored by Walking Newtown based on our footpath.

Choose from 8 guided walks daily, including challenge, medium, short, dog friendly, foraging, heritage, family, pub, train, Welsh language, singing stroll & short ambles. There will be walks suitable for parents with buggies & people with limited mobility. No pre-booking necessary. Register for the walks at Oriel Davies 15 minutes before the start. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.  All walks are free.

People are also invited to download a walk from the web site or pick up a leaflet and explore on their own. In town there are heritage and nature trails, accessible and short walks.  In the countryside, 16 circular walks vary in length and difficulty.

In addition to walking there will be cycling, canoeing, kayaking,running, gardening, picnics, fly tying and fly casting, art and music.

 

Below, the table gives all the guided walks at a glance.  Scroll down for details on each walk. 

Saturday 6th June

No.

WALK

START TIME

DISTANCE

miles

DIFFICULTY

1

Dog friendly walk  

09:30 

4.5

Moderate

2

Pub walk to Bettws Cedewain (pub in middle)

10:00

10.5

Strenuous

3

Welsh language pub walk to Kerry

Taith gerdded i’r “Kerry Lamb” yng Ngheri

10.15

8.3

Moderate/Strenuous

4

Gwestydd

10:30

4.3

Moderate

5

Accessible walk near Trehafren Hill

11.00

2

Easy

6

Newtown Heritage Walk

11.00

2

Easy

7

Foraging Walk

11.00

2.5

Easy

8

Sing n stroll

13:00

1.3

Easy

 

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

No.

WALK

START TIME

DISTANCE

miles

DIFFICULTY

1

Dog friendly walk

09:30 

5.3

Moderate

2

Severn Way Railway walk

09:30

8.3

Strenuous

3

Challenge walk 

10:00

14.5

Strenuous

4

Welsh language walk to Bwlch y Ffridd

Taith gerdded i Bwlch y ffridd

10:30

9.3

Moderate

5

Fachwen Pool

10:30

6.1

Moderate

6

Waterways and town

11:00

5.3

Moderate

7

Newtown Heritage Walk

11:00

 2

Easy

8

Foraging Walk

11:00

2.5

Easy

 

 Saturday 6th June

Walk 1 Dog Friendly Walk

Start time: 09:30

Distance: 4.5 miles

Approximate Duration: 2.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Bring your best friend, his/her lead, some poo bags and come along for a sociable walk with our canine and other friends.  This walk is based on Walk 1, Ffrith Farm, to the north of Newtown.  It is a mixture of road and off-road walking and includes lovely views over Newtown and the surrounding hills. Some sections will be muddy after heavy rain. It climbs through a farmyard with friendly dogs, sheep and possibly cows.  It travels along Penshwa Lane for a while and then returns along a green lane, Lonesome Lane and the canal.  All well-behaved dogs welcome.

 

Walk 2 Pub Walk to Bettws Cedewain

Start time: 10:00

Distance: 10.5 miles

Approximate Duration: 7 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

One of the newest walks in the Walking Newtown repertoire (Walk 16 on our web site), this beautiful and varied walk involves some strenuous ups and downs with a total cumulative ascent of about 635m. It’s enough to give you a good appetite for a pub lunch in the middle. The route is more of a lollipop than full circuit as some of the return duplicates the outward stretch. It includes on road, off road and paved tracks. It goes through several farms, usually with various farm animals and arrives in a small village.  As always in the countryside, wet weather will mean muddy footpaths in places. This walk gives good views over Newtown and also towards the mountains to the north of town.

Bring plenty of water and small snacks as well as money for a pub lunch.

 

Walk 3 Taith gerdded i’r “Kerry Lamb” yng Ngheri  Welsh language pub walk to Kerry

Start time: 10:15

Distance: 8.3 miles

Approximate Duration: 5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Here is a chance to enjoy a walk and chat with Welsh speakers and learners.  An up and over walk to the village of Kerry, it rewards the significant effort with some fantastic scenery in one of our most spectacular walks.  The accumulated ascent is about 480 m, through some beautiful farms and woodland.  There are usually farm animals to be seen on this walk.  We’ve replaced most of the stiles with pedestrian gates but there are still a few to negotiate. 

There is a pub lunch in the middle at the Kerry Lamb and walkers will be treated to a visit to the ancient Kerry Church and one of the first Welsh language chained bibles inside.

Bring water, snacks and money for a pub lunch.

 

Walk 4 Gwestydd

Start time: 10:30

Distance: 4.3 miles

Approximate Duration: 2.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

This surprising walk is close enough to town to do with a couple of free hours but gets you into the countryside through green lanes, fields and woods, returning along a relaxing stretch of the canal and river.  It is based on Walking Newtown Walk 14, Gwestydd.  There are two stiles and a total of 166m accumulated ascent, mostly in three separate short steep pulls, which is why this is rated as moderate rather than easy. The green lane can get muddy in wet weather so wear appropriate footwear.

 

Walk 5 Accessible Walk Trehafren to the River

Start time: 11:00

Distance: 2 miles

Approximate Duration: 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

This is an inclusive walk suitable for people with mobility problems.  It is on fairly level ground without difficulties or obstacles.  One short downhill slope is about 1:15 so anyone in a wheelchair may need a companion to ensure safely.  All are welcome.

 

Walk 6 Newtown Heritage Walk

Start time: 11:00

Distance: approximately 2 miles

Approximate Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

This walk is a short tour of the historic centre of Newtown. The aim is to give walkers an insight into the history of the town from its foundation in 1279 through to the present day, looking at the buildings which reflect and illustrate the different periods of the town’s development. We start at the medieval castle in the park, walk along Market Street and then to the river at the bottom of Severn Street, along the river bank to old St Mary’s church then back along Broad street, returning through High Street to the park.

The walk leader, Edward Parry, is a retired history teacher with a particular interest in buildings and the local history of this area. He is one of the Civic Society team which produced the Explore Newtown booklet on the The Historic Town Centre last year and they are preparing a similar publication on Newtown North of the Severn.

 

Walk 7 Foraging Walk

Start time: 11:00

Distance: approximately 2.5 miles

Approximate Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

One of our most popular walks last year, this is a foraging adventure along the canal.  Join Jon Lewis and learn about wild food.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Montgomery canal restoration project.

 

Walk 8 Summer Sing n Stroll

Start time: 13:00

Distance: 1.3 miles

Approximate Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

A fun and family friendly level walk 1pm until 3pm.It starts with a walk over the bridge to Dolerw Park.  Join us for a Summer Sing and Stroll around Newtown’s lovely Riverside park.  Perfect for non-singers and experienced singers. Meet people, make friends, have a laugh and enjoy a sing. Together we will learn simple songs rhythms and harmonies from around the world that will make you smile.  Bring a snack and blanket to enjoy the sunshine. 

With Charlotte Woodford, director of Hafren Community Choir. 

 

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

Walk 1 Dog Friendly Walk

Start time: 09:30

Distance: 5.3 miles

Approximate Duration: 2.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Bring your best friend, his/her lead, some poo bags and come along for a sociable walk with our canine and other friends.  This walk is based on Walk 6, Waterways and Town (See “The Walks” on the menu on the left). 

This walk was closed for a long time during the bypass work but has recently been reopened and goes under the new bypass twice.

All well-behaved dogs welcome.

 

Walk 2 Severn Way Railway Walk

Start time: 09:30

Distance: 8.3 miles

Approximate Duration: 6 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

We haven’t written this one up yet but it takes in the well-known Severn Way between Caersws and Newtown.  Don’t be late to check in for this one at 9:15 because at 9:30 sharp everyone will go to the railway station to catch the train at a reduced group rate.  This one is for the fit as there are hills and stiles but also some beautiful varied scenery along the river, fields and woods.

In addition to train fare, bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch as there will be stops on the way to admire the view. 

 

Walk 3 Challenge Walk to Kerry Ridgeway

Start time: 10:00

Distance: 14.5 miles

Approximate Duration: 6.5 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

A beautiful and varied walk, it reaches a height of 501m on the Ridgeway and the whole walk has 699m of accumulated height gain – two valleys between the town and the ridgeway. Most of the walk comprises reaching the ridgeway at 8.5miles, with only one climb on way back. There are fantastic views of Newtown, then Kerry and Kerry Vale and fabulous views on a good day of Snowdonia from the ridgeway, where we will have lunch, so bring a packed lunch and plenty of water.  Depending on the weather it can be quite exposed on the ridgeway.  The walk will return around 4.30pm.

 

Walk 4 Taith gerdded i Bwlch y ffridd Welsh language walk to Bwlch y ffridd

Start time: 10:30

Distance: 9.3 miles

Approximate Duration: 6 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Here is a chance to enjoy a walk and chat with Welsh speakers and learners.  This challenging walk to the north of Newtown takes in some iconic mid-Wales countryside, with the views to go with it. We’ve been working for years to replace stiles with pedestrian gates and there are fewer than half a dozen left.  There are plenty of hills, with an accumulated ascent of more than 600 m as you skirt, but don’t enter, the village of Bwlch y ffridd.

Bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch for stops along the way.

 

Walk 5 Fachwen Pool

Start time: 10:30

Distance: 6.1 miles

Approximate Duration: 4 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

A beautiful walk to the fishing club pool and a bit beyond, this walk is from Walking Newtown Walk 3, Fachwen Pool, and is proving to be one of our most popular walks.  It goes out by the Severn Way and returns via fields, woods and lanes.  It has an accumulated ascent of about 330m and crosses a few streams.  We’ve replaced almost all the stiles with pedestrian gates but there are still a few on the way home.

At the farthest point of the walk there will be a picnic stop with fantastic views so bring lunch as well as plenty of water.

 

Walk 6 Waterways and Town

Start time: 11:00

Distance: 5.3 miles

Approximate Duration: 2.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

This walk is based on Walk 6, Waterways and Town.  It was closed for a long time during the bypass work but has recently been reopened and goes under the new bypass twice. It meanders along the Severn River, the Mochdre Brook and then surprises at the end with a brief glimpse of Dolfor Brook as it is briefly allowed to see the sunshine on Dolfor Road.  In between it climbs Black Hall Hill for views south of town.

The total accumulated ascent is approximately 200m and there are some stiles.

 

Walk 7 Newtown Heritage Walk

Start time: 11:00

Distance: approximately 2 miles

Approximate Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

This walk will start in the park but then head across the Long bridge to Penygloddfa. This area of the town developed in the first quarter of the nineteenth century to become the centre of the flannel industry which earned Newtown the title ‘the little Leeds of Wales’. Much of Penygloddfa is a conservation area with numerous listed buildings and it is one of the best examples of an early industrial townscape in the country, with several surviving factory buildings one of which is now the Textile museum. We will walk along Frankwell, Commercial, Bryn and Crescent streets where the best examples of the industrial heritage can be seen.

The walk leader, Edward Parry, is a retired history teacher with a particular interest in buildings and the local history of this area. He is one of the Civic Society team which produced the Explore Newtown booklet on the The Historic Town Centre last year and they are preparing a similar publication on Newtown North of the Severn.

 

Walk 8 Foraging Walk

Start time: 11:00

Distance: approximately 2.5 miles

Approximate Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

One of our most popular walks last year, this is a foraging adventure along the canal.  Join Jon Lewis and learn about wild food.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Montgomery canal restoration project.