Walking Newtown was formed in 2012 by people interested in walking in the Newtown area but finding few 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 Rights of Way & Access Officer in Powys County Council’s Countryside Services, 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 of whom about 8 people work twice a month throughout the spring and summer to replace old gates and stiles with new pedestrian gates, build steps and bridges, and clear paths. To date, we have put in over 1500 volunteer hours of work. In the winter we go walking together.
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 to download. We always welcome new members so feel free to contact us.