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Newtown Outdoor Festival 2020

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. Walks to suit all ages and abilities are described in this website together with a detailed map of each route. Click on The Walks button on the left to download printable descriptions and maps.

The walks are on Public Rights of Way passing through community woodlands, nature reserves, riverside footpaths, canal tow-paths, and rolling hills in the 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 walk descriptions but the main pleasure is simply in getting out there.

The walks start and end near the centre of Newtown. The town has good bus and rail links to other towns and cities. Your walk can be rounded off with shopping, tea, lunch or a pint. The OS maps that cover these walks are OS Explorer Map 214 - Llanidloes & Newtown & OS Explorer Map 215 - Newtown & Machynlleth.

Join us again on 6th and 7th June, 2020 for the Newtown Outdoor Festival.  There will be guided & self-guided walks sponsored by Walking Newtown based on our footpaths & two treasure hunts (one nature trail & one heritage trail). People can choose from a 8 walks daily, including challenge walks, shorter walks, dog friendly walks, foraging walks, heritage & history, family, pub & train walks, Welsh language walks, singing walks with a local choir & short ambles. There will be walks suitable for parents with buggies & people with limited mobility. In addition to walking there will be cycling, canoeing, kayaking, picnics, art and music.

Th complete Newtown Outdoor Festival programme is below:

 

Friday, 5th June, 2020

Cycling – Inter-high school mountain biking competition on Trehafren Hill.  Come along to cheer on your favourites.

Saturday 6th June

Walking – 9 free guided walks starting between 9 and 11 am, depending on distance.  These are open to all abilities and ages. Register for the walks at Oriel Davies 15 minutes before the start. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.  In addition, 16 longer walks and several shorter town walks can be downloaded from the web site to enjoy any time.

Program

No.

WALK

START TIME

DISTANCE

miles

1

Dog friendly walk  

09:30 

 5

2

Challenge walk 

09:45

13

3

Pub Walk to Bettws Cedewain with pub lunch in middle

10:00

10.5

4

Taith gerdded i’r “Kerry Lamb” yng Ngheri

Welsh language pub walk Kerry

10.00

8.3

5

Fachwen Pool

10:30

6.1

6

Gwestydd

11:00

4.3

7

Accessible walk

River near Trehafren

11:00

2

8

Newtown Heritage Walk

11.00

1-1.5 hours

9

Foraging Walk

11.00

1-2 hours

 

Cycling –  10 am Breeze Ride for women who don’t usually cycle.  Organized by the Welsh Cycling who will provide guides.  

Mountain bike training Trehafren Hill’s new mountain bike track, organized by Welsh Cycling. Bikes and helmets can be provided. Details on how to book a place to follow.

Roller Racing on static bikes at Oriel Davies, organized by Welsh Cycling.

Obstacle course on the lawn in front of Oriel Davies for children under 8. Balance and pedal bikes provided. Organized by Welsh Cycling.

Canoeing/Kayaking training – 10 am and 1.30 pm.  There are two approximately 2-hour “taster sessions” to introduce novices to canoeing and kayaking.  All instructors and equipment will be provided by Welshpool Canoe Club with Newtown Paddlers.  No experience necessary. Participants should register at the Oriel Davies hub one hour before the start time, as places will be limited by instructor and canoe numbers.

Fishing - Fly tying demonstration 10am to 12.00 noon.

Fly casting 2.00pm to 2.45pm and 3.00pm to 3.45pm. Each casting session will comprise approx. 15mins demonstration and then 30mins tuition.

Park Run – 9 am starting at Dolerw Park Bridge.  This is the regular free 5k park run.  Open to all to complete at your own pace, no experience necessary.  If you haven’t joined them before, go to the web site, www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ and register in order to get your run timed.

Scouts – fires & events in front of Oriel Davies Saturday from 10 – 4. 

Information and demonstrations of scouting activities, including matchless fire lighting.

Bring a picnic and cook on their 3 fires - a rocket fire, a sawdust volcano fire & an altar fire.

Ceilidh – 18:30 to 22:00 at the Monty Club.  Continue your active day and dance the evening away.  Music by ffonic.  Admission £5.  There is a bar available.

 

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

Walking – 8 free guided walks starting between 9 and 11 am, depending on distance.  These are open to all abilities and ages.  Register for the walks at Oriel Davies 15 minutes before the start. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.  In addition, 16 longer walks and several shorter town walks can be downloaded from the web site to enjoy any time.

Program

 No.

WALK

 

START TIME

DISTANCE

miles

1

Dog friendly walk

09:30 

4.3

2

Challenge walk 

09:45

14

3

Severn Way Rail Ramble

09:30

8

4

Taith gerdded i Bwlch y ffridd

Welsh walk to Bwlch y ffridd

10:00

9.3

5

Waterways & town

10:30

6

Stroll n sing including a picnic & singalong

11:00

3.5

7

Newtown Heritage Walk

11:00

1-1.5 hours

8

Foraging Walk

11:00

1-2 hours

 

Canoeing/Kayaking training – 10 am and 1.30 pm.  There are two approximately 2-hour “taster sessions” to introduce novices to canoeing and kayaking.  All instructors and equipment will be provided by Welshpool Canoe Club with Newtown Paddlers.  No experience necessary. Participants should register at the Oriel Davies hub one hour before the start time, as places will be limited by instructor and canoe numbers.

Fishing - Fly tying demonstration 10am to 12.00 noon. 

Fly casting 2.00pm to 2.45pm and 3.00pm to 3.45pm. Each casting session will comprise approx. 15mins demonstration and then 30mins tuition.

Art Picnic – 12:00 14:00. Organized by Oriel Davies. Open to ages and abilities, suitable for families. Meet at the gallery for a fun guided art walk with professional artist, Rebecca Finney. Explore, draw, paint and photograph the beautiful green spaces on our doorstep. Art materials provided.  Bring a picnic or pre-book a picnic from the Oriel Davies Gallery café. We will eat en route!

Contact us at walkingnewtown@hotmail.com for details or see our Facebook page. 

The walks
Walk 12 Trehafren Hill 2.1 miles 1 hour Easy VIEW WALK
Walk 13 Bwlch y ffridd 9.3 miles 4.5 to 5 hours Moderate VIEW WALK
Walk 14 Gwestydd 4.3 miles 2.2 hours Easy VIEW WALK
Walk 15 Gregynog 10.3 miles/16.6 km 5 hours Strenuous VIEW WALK
Walk 16 Bettws Cedewain 10 miles/16 km 5 hours Strenuous VIEW WALK
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