Walking Newtown was formed in 2012 by a few people interested in walking in the Newtown area and disappointed in the lack of available walks. Many of the footpaths on the OS maps were blocked, overgrown and generally inaccessible. There were also no published walks.
Identifying potential walks from the OS and definitive maps was the first stage and opening them up followed. This involved working with the Powys County Council countryside officer who liaised with land owners and provided tools and equipment. All the volunteers in the group have undergone training in tool handling and health and safety, and a number of us were also trained in first aid.
The initial small group has grown to the current membership of 26. The team assembles twice a month throughout the spring and summer and replaces old gates and stiles with new pedestrian gates, builds steps and clears paths. To date, we have put in almost 1,000 man hours of work. In the ‘off season’ we operate as a more conventional walking group.
We have so far developed 13 circular walks, with more to come, and have published many of them in leaflet form as well as making them freely available for download. We always welcome new members so feel free to contact us.