Short Stroll 12 The Bryns
Starting at the Elephant and Castle Hotel, the walk crosses the river to, Penygloddfa, the historic area of Newtown featuring original weavers’ cottages, and then climbs to views of town and country. It makes a circuit of several Bryn-named streets before re-crossing the river to return to the town centre.
1.1 miles • 30 minutes • Easy
Cross the River Severn over Longbridge from Broad Street 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, www.ponthafren.org.uk/newtown/home
At the roundabout our walk goes straight ahead up Crescent Street, heading for the imposing 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 on Bryn Gardens, then first left onto Bryn Bank at the footpath sign. Bear right at the fork with a beech hedge, following the fence on your right. Follow the tarmac path uphill parallel with the backs of the houses. At the road, Bryn Lane, turn sharp right then first left into Bryn Meadows. At the T junction turn right down Meadow Lane which brings you back to Bryn Lane at a stop sign. Cross the road and ahead, slightly to the left, enter a gated road, Bryn Gardens. Follow it to the first left, Bryn Street. Go downhill on Bryn St. past Stans General Story to Commercial Street where you turn right, passing the fascinating Newtown Textile Museum (http://newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk/)on the right to return to the roundabout. Turn left over the bridge to arrive back at the Elephant and Castle.