Walk 13 Bwlch y ffridd
This walk starts and ends in the centre of Newtown. It is a mixture of mostly quiet road and off-road walking with a lot of upping and downing. It includes lovely views over Newtown and the surrounding hills.
9.3 miles • 4 hours • Moderate
Work in progress walk
This walk starts under the Town Clock (1) at the intersection of Broad St, High St and Severn St., the area known locally as ‘The Cross’. The building now housing Barclays Bank was erected by Sarah Brisco, a descendent of the Pryce family of Newtown Hall, to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897. Opposite the clock on Severn Street is the Robert Owen Museum and the Robert Owen Memorial Rooms are over the HSBC on the other corner. Robert Owen, the founder of the Co-operative Movement, is one of Newtown’s most famous sons.
Walk down Broad St and cross the River Severn over Longbridge to the north side of the river. On the left you will see Pont Hafren, an attractive old white building, now operating as a registered mental health charity, http://www.ponthafren.org.uk/newtown/home.
At the roundabout our walk goes straight ahead up Crescent Street, heading for the lovely Victorian terrace, Bryn Gardens, at the top of the hill. On the way up you will pass the slate-hung weavers’ cottages and if you look back you will get one of the best views of Newtown.
At the top, turn right then first left at the footpath sign. Bear right at the beech hedge following the fence on your right. Follow the tarmac path up hill parallel with the backs of the houses, ignoring the stile and footpath sign on your left. At the road, Bryn Lane, turn left then turn right at the sign to Ffrydd Farm. Follow the farm lane (not the footpath sign) to cross the stream at the bottom of the hill.
Turn immediately left at the fingerpost to follow the side of the stream to a gate. This path has mud on top of slate and can be slippery. Go through the gate and head for the white house ahead, Ffrydd Farm. Pass through an opening in the hedge with a redundant stile alongside. Carry on uphill and go through the farm gate, cross the farmyard to the left of the house and through a similar gate ahead. The dogs (and farmer) in this yard are friendly. Go straight ahead and through a pedestrian gate at the top of the field.
Carry on uphill and go through the field gate in the hedge ahead of you. Keep walking straight up and over the hill to the gate and stile ahead. At the brow of the hill you will again see magnificent views all around. Follow the hedge on your left down to go through the gate and over the stream at the bottom. Continue up the hill to the right of the hedge and through the next pedestrian gate and head for the bungalow and the field gate and pedestrian gate in the hedge above. This will bring you out onto Penshwa Lane.
Turn left and just before the junction with Bryn Lane, cross the culvert and go through the pedestrian gate. Follow the hedge on your right, through a field gate and down to a bridge over a stream and a pedestrian gate. Follow the hedge on your left until you come to another pedestrian gate on your left. Go through this and follow the path through the wood to another gate which will bring you back out into a field. Turn left and continue down the field to another gate overlooking a stream. Cross the stream, head up the diagonal path to the field then head right, through 2 pedestrian gates on to a road. Turn left along the road, then right at a fingerpost over a bridge and gate. Turn left and follow the hedge on your left up to the top of the hill and through the pedestrian gate on to the road. Turn right until you come to a field gate on the left with a dirt road leading towards a house. At the top turn right at the conifers. Follow the track up passing around the barn on the left and turn immediately right up the lane. Go through the open gate and continue up over the ridge and head down through the gate into the next field. Carry straight on up the hill, over the ridge and through the field gate. Bear left to the corner of the field to a stile and on to the paved drive.
Turn left past the farm house. Where the lane turns sharp left, go over the stile ahead of you into the copse. Bear right up over this hill, go right of the fence/hedge then left through a field gate and immediately right to follow the hedge to the stile at the bottom of the field. Turn left along the road and turn right at the first field gate. Bear right over a grassed bridge then bear left along the bottom of the hill, avoiding the swampy area below. Go through the next field gate and turn left following the hedge to pass polytunnels and a cottage on your left. Go over the stile on to the drive and right up to the road. Turn right, over a stream then left at a sign that says Gilfach. Go through 3 field gates and the farm yard and bear right through another field gate below. Bear left across field and through a gate next to a broken stile. Follow the fence on your right, down across a stream and up the opposite bank to a stile. Cross the road and go ahead on to a green lane and through a field gate.
You have now joined the Severn Way. Turn left and follow the hedge up over the hill and down to a bridge crossing a stream. Go through the pedestrian gate and cross the boggy field and bear right along the track through the trees then bear left up over the hill. Follow another track to your right with a fence on your left, through a pedestrian gate on to a footpath heading right. Bear left over the top of the hill to a stile in the hedge ahead. Bear left down to a field gate and stile and on to the road Turn right and when the road turns sharp right take the minor road/lane ahead. Continue on the track with the fence and wood on your right and through the field gate. Continue with the fence on the left then through another field gate on the left, follow fence/hedge on left then bear right across field and down the steep slope to a pedestrian gate and into the wood. Follow the path to another pedestrian gate on your left to the Fachwen Pool. Turn right over the outflow stream through a pedestrian gate into the field. Turn left, through a pedestrian gate and at the top of the field through a field gate on to the road.
A little way down this road is a sign for the Rhydyfelin Baptist Church. Turn left down the drive, past the church on your right, through a pedestrian gate and up a path through the wood. Continue up the hill to a stile and follow the track through 3 gates then follow the hedge on your left, through another gate then bear left to a pedestrian gate in the fence. Cross this field to a pedestrian gate and cross the road (Beehive Lane) to another gate. Go down the hill and up again heading for the tall tree on the skyline, passing through 4 more gates. From the tree, bear left through a series of gates visible in the hedges ahead.
At the entrance to the beech wood is another gate, go through the wood and out through a gate at the bottom of the wood and cross the road and down the narrow footpath. This brings you out on Milford Road. Turn left and at the roundabout turn right over the Long Bridge into Broad Street. Walk down Broad Street to return to the Town Clock.More Walks