See detailed walk descriptions below.

Discover Newtown and its beautiful countryside during two days of fun, sociable walking. Learn about all the new footpaths now available in the Newtown area. There are plenty of walks to try, from family strolls to something more strenuous. They are:

Guided walks - for all abilities, from 2 to 14 miles. Foraging walks featuring edible treats, history and heritage walks, pub walks, dog walks, town walks, Welsh language walks, accessible walks and a stroll ‘n sing walk featuring a picnic

Treasure hunts – A nature treasure hunt and a Newtown heritage treasure hunt for all the family. Pick up a leaflet and do them in your own time.

Self-guided walks – Download a walk from our web site or pick up a leaflet, grab a friend and off you go whenever you like.

All walks are FREE. No need to book. Just arrive on the day at our walk hub at least 15 minutes before the walk. If they are very popular we may have to limit numbers so first come, first served. Children ap to 16 please bring an adult with you.

All walks start from our hub at the Robert Owen Museum – High St & Broad St, Newtown.  Email us at newtownwalks@hotmail.com if you have questions.

 No matter what the weather the leaders will be at the start of the walk at least 15 minutes before the allotted time. They will make the final decision whether the weather is suitable for their walk.

 Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Most of the walks include off road trails in the countryside and could be muddy. There are hills and stiles involved.

 You are responsible for your own health, fitness and safety. Always carry water. Bring additional drinks and snacks if appropriate.

Bring a mobile phone if you have one.

All leaders are trained in walk leading and first aid and will carry first aid kits. Obey the countryside code and your leader’s instructions.

 For the dog walks, please bring well behaved dogs, leads and poo bags.

 The Walking Festival is supported by Newtown and Llanllwchairn Town Council, Powys County Council, Skipton Building Society, West Brom Building Society, Tesco and Bryn Walking

Walking Newtown Festival Walk Descriptions

1st June 2019

 

Walk 1. Dog friendly town walk  

           Start 09:30, 3.3miles, 1.25 hours, Easy, Total ascent 140 m, Walking Newtown No.17

This town walk includes two low hills in the town, Black Hall Hill and Trehafren Hill, both of which reward a small effort with great views over Newtown and the surrounding area. It starts and ends in the centre and is a mixture of road and footpath walking (mostly hard surfaced except on the hills). There are no livestock paddocks. It also passes four of Newtown’s schools. There is one stile.

 

Walk 2. Train walk Severn Way from Caersws

           Start 09:30, 8 miles, 4 hours, Strenuous, Severn Way walk

This walk starts by taking the 10:05 train to Caersws. The train costs £3.30 per person at a discounted group rate so please bring the train fare. We then follow the long-distance trail, The Severn Way, back to Newtown. There are many stiles and gates. Bring drinks and snacks.

 

Walk 3. Challenge walk

           Start 09:45, 14 miles, 7 hours, Very Strenuous, Total ascent 765 m

This walk heads south of Newtown and ascends briefly along the Kerry Ridgeway before descending again. Bring drinks and snacks for a stop on the Kerry Ridgeway.

 

Walk 4.Taith gerdded i’r “Kerry Lamb” yng Ngheri Welsh language pub walk to Kerry

           Dechrau.   10.00y.b, 8.3 milltir, awr ( cynnwys amser cinio) 6,cymedrol

           Start 10.00, 8.3 miles, 6 hours (including lunch), Moderate, total ascent 480 m,  Walking Newtown No. 2.

Mae'r daith yn dechrau a gorffen yng nghanol Y Drenewydd, Mae rhan fwyaf o'r daith oddi ar y ffordd gyda rhannau byr ar ffordd ddistaw. Ceir golygfeydd gwych o'r Drenewydd a'r ardal a hefyd Dyffryn Ceri a'r pentref ei hun. Ar y ffordd yn ôl ceir rhannau o'r daith allai fod yn fwdlyd. Mae nifer o gamfeydd a gatiau ar y daith.

This walk starts and ends in the centre of Newtown and makes a good railway or pub walk. It is mainly off-road walking with a few short sections on quiet lanes. It gives excellent views over Newtown and the surrounding hills and also over Kerry and the Kerry valley. There are a number of areas on the return section that can be very muddy. There are many stiles and gates. Welsh learners welcome.

 

Walk 5. Walk to Bettws Cedewain with pub lunch in middle

          Start 10:00, 10.5 miles, 6.5 hours (including lunch), Strenuous, total ascent 560 m, Walking Newtown No.16

This walk starts and ends in the centre of Newtown. It is a varied walk that includes on road, off road and paved tracks. Some of the sections can be very wet and muddy. This walk gives good views over Newtown and also towards the mountains to the north of town

 

Walk 6. Fachwen Pool

           Start 10:30, 5.7 miles, 3.5 hours, Moderate, total ascent 330 m, Walking Newtown

           No. 3

This walk starts and ends in the centre of Newtown. The route follows the long distance Severn Way to the lake and returns via Penshwa Lane and Ffrydd Farm. It includes lovely views over Newtown and the surrounding hills and hills to the north. The lake is a delightful place to pause or picnic. There is a mixture of road and off-road walking with some sections muddy after heavy rain. There are 2 stiles and several gates. Bring drinks and snacks.

 

Walk 7. Family nature Walk to Coed y Graig and Waggon & Horses

           Start 11.00, 3 miles, 2 hours, Easy, total ascent 100 m, Walking Newtown No. 5

This walk strolls along the canal before ascending to the lovely millennium wood. It returns through Newtown and along the Severn, ending at a pub.

 

Walk 8. Stroll ‘n sing

            Start 11:00, 3 miles, 3.5 hours including a picnic and singalong, Easy, Total ascent 100 m. Walking Newtown No. 5

An all inclusive walk with everyone welcome.Join a local choir for a combination of fresh air, good companions and singing. The walk follows the same route as Walk 7 – along the canal to Coed y Graig but there is singing on the way and a singing picnic in the woodland. Bring a picnic and blanket to sit on.  You don't need to be able to sing!

 

Walk 9. Newtown Heritage Walk

           Start 11.00, a short, easy stroll for about 1-2 hours

Join the Civic Society’s local history expert Edward Parry for a walk in historic Newtown. The route will be along Market street then down Severn street, along the river bank to the old church, through the Elephant carpark to the Long bridge, down Broad street to the Cross then finally up High street to the park where we started. That covers the area of the medieval town and shows how, while the street plan has remained the same for over 700 years, the buildings have altered both in appearance and function reflecting the changes in the town’s fortunes.

 

Walk 10. Foraging Walk

           Start 11.00, about 2 miles, 1.5-2 hours 

Join master forager Jon Lewis for a stroll along the canal to learn about the edible goodies available in our hedgerows. This walk is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the canal restoration project in Shropshire.

 

Walk 11. Brimmon Wood

           Start 14.00, 5.8 miles, 3.5 hours Moderate, Total ascent 400 m, Walking Newtown No. 2

This lovely afternoon walk is mainly off-road walking with a few short sections on quiet lanes. It gives excellent views over Newtown and the surrounding hills and also over Kerry and the Kerry valley. There are a number of areas on the return section that can be very muddy.

 

Walk 12. Bumps and Buggies

           Start 14.30, 2 miles, 1 hour, Easy, Total ascent 50 m, Walking Newtown No. 12 but without the hill

An accessible walk on the level in Newtown. Bring you prams, strollers, toddlers, mobility scooters and come out for some fresh air and good company.

 

Walk 13. Any time Treasure Hunt and heritage walk

          Self- guided with maps provided.

Here’s one for all the family. Grab a walk guide and in your own time follow the clues around town and find the sheep! Learn about Newtown’s rich textile heritage and take in the fascinating Textile museum and Oriel Davies Gallery.

 

Walk 14. Any time Treasure Hunt and nature walk

           Self- guided with maps provided.

Here’s another one for all the family. Grab a walk guide and in your own time follow the clues around the park to find the trees and play the games. Learn about nature as you go.

                                                                                                                     

2nd June 2019

 

Walk 1. Dog friendly walk

          Start time 09:30, 4.9 miles, 2 hours, Moderate, Total ascent 177 m, Walking Newtown No. 6a

This lovely river walk is ideal for dogs. 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. There are a couple of stiles.

 

Walk 2. Challenge walk

            Start time 09:45, 13 miles, 6.5 hours, Strenuous, Total ascent 575 m.

This up and down, up and down walk heads north of Newtown to Bwlch y ffridd. There is gorgeous, varied countryside with spectacular views.

 

Walk 3. Gregynog

            Start time 10:00, 11 miles, 6 - 7 hours, Strenuous, Total ascent 470 m

This is a stunning and challenging walk to the lovely old estate of the Davies family, Gregynog Hall. Hills, stiles and views. There are streams to cross and possible muddy sections, so dress appropriately Gregynog café is open from 11 till 3, there will be a 1 hour break at Gregynog. Bring a picnic or visit the café or gardens.

 

Walk 4. Bwlch y ffridd

           Start time 10:30, 9.3 miles, 5 hours, Moderate, Total ascent 600 m, Walking Newtown No.13

This walk is a shorter version of the challenge walk. It is a mixture of off-road footpaths and mostly quiet lanes. There are some good climbs which reward you with splendid views of the Severn Valley.

 

Walk 5. River and Town

             Start time 11:00, 4.9 miles, 2 hours, Moderate, Total ascent 177 m, Walking Newtown No. 6a

This lovely river walk is a surprisingly rural town walk. 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. There are a couple of stiles.

 

Walk 6. Newtown Heritage Walk

             Start 11.00, a short, easy stroll for about 1-2 hours

Join the Civic Society’s local history expert Edward Parry for a walk in historic Newtown. The route will be along Market street then down Severn street, along the river bank to the old church, through the Elephant carpark to the Long bridge, down Broad street to the Cross then finally up High street to the park where we started. That covers the area of the medieval town and shows how, while the street plan has remained the same for over 700 years, the buildings have altered both in appearance and function reflecting the changes in the town’s fortunes.

 

Walk 7. Foraging Walk

           Start 11.00, about 2 miles, 1.5-2 hours , Easy

Join master forager Jon Lewis for a stroll along the canal to learn about the edible goodies available in our hedgerows. This walk is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the canal restoration project in Shropshire.

 

Walk 8. Taith gerdded i Bwll Fachwen Welsh language walk to Fachwen Pool

           Dechrau. 13.30y.p, 5 .7 milltir, 3.5awr cymedrol

           Start time 13:30, 5.7 miles, 3.5 hours, Moderate, Total ascent 330 m Walking Newtown No. 3

Mae'r daith yn dechrau a gorffen yng nghanol Y Drenewydd. Mae'r daith yn dilyn Llwybr Hafren fyny at Bwll Fachwen ag yn ôl hyd Lôn Pen-shwa a Fferm y Ffrydd. Ceir golygfeydd hyfryd dros Y Drenewydd a'r ardal a hefyd i gyfeiriad y Gogledd. Mae Pwll Fachwen yn le hyfryd i gael seibiant am ddiod a snac. Mae'r daith yn gymysg o lwybrau a ffordd, Mae'n bosib bod rhai mannau mwdlyd, dibynnu ar y tywydd. Mae dau gamfa a nifer o gatiau ar y daith.

This walk starts and ends in the centre of Newtown. The route follows the long distance Severn Way to the lake and returns via Penshwa Lane and Ffrydd Farm. It includes lovely views over Newtown and the surrounding hills and hills to the north. The lake is a delightful place to pause or picnic. There is a mixture of road and off-road walking with some sections muddy after heavy rain. There are 2 stiles and several gates. Bring drinks and snacks.  Welsh learners welcome.

 

Walk 9. Ffrydd farm

         Start time 14:00, 4.5 miles, 2 hours, Moderate, Total ascent 250 m, Walking Newtown No. 1

This afternoon walk is a mixture of road and off-road walking. A climb near the start of the walk provides lovely views over Newtown and to the south. Some sections can be muddy after heavy rains.

 

Walk 10. Family friendly walk to Gwestydd

             Start time 14:30, 4.3 miles, 2.25 hours, Easy, Total ascent 166 m, Walking Newtown No. 14

This is a varied walk for all the family that includes hard surfaced roads, unsurfaced tracks and footpaths. Some sections can be wet and muddy after rains. There are good views over Newtown and the surrounding countryside. There are two stiles.

          

Walk 11. Bumps and Buggies   

            Start 14.30, 2 miles, 1 hour, Total ascent 50 m, Walking Newtown No. 12 but without the hill!

An accessible walk on the level in Newtown. Bring you prams, strollers, toddlers, mobility scooters and come out for some fresh air and good company.

 

Walk 12. Any time Treasure Hunt and heritage walk

          Self- guided with maps provided.

Here’s one for all the family. Grab a walk guide and in your own time follow the clues around town and find the sheep! Learn about Newtown’s rich textile heritage and take in the fascinating Textile museum and Oriel Davies Gallery.

 

Walk 13. Any time Treasure Hunt and nature walk

            Self- guided with maps provided.

Here’s another one for all the family. Grab a walk guide and in your own time follow the clues around the park to find the trees and play the games. Learn about nature as you go.