Walking Newtown has organised 14 guided walks during the Newtown Outdoor Festival on 1st and 2nd June, 2024.  The Festival offers a wide range of walks for all interests and abilities. Choose the one that appeals to you and suits your fitness level. If you want more information on the walks, click on the Walk titles in the detailed description and it will take you right to our Walking Newtown walk, where applicable. You’ll find photos, maps, altitude profiles and complete descriptions.

All these walks are FREE but we are asking that you PRE-BOOK them so we have an idea of numbers.  Tickets are now available. 

To book the walks click HERE. Or click on the Programme Walk Number to go straight to the ticket booking system on Eventbrite for individual walks.

If the walks aren’t full you can come along on the day and register for your chosen walk.  In either case, please arrive at our hub at Oriel Davies Gallery at least 15 minutes before the start of your walk. Numbers are limited to 20 so book early to avoid disappointment.  If you prefer to go on your own, you are welcome to download the map and directions of any of the walks on the Walking Newtown web pages to do them at your convenience.  All are welcome, children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are welcome on the two dog walks. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring plenty of water and snacks, especially for the long walks.  All our walks can be downloaded from our web site free and walked anytime. 

The table below shows all the guided walks we offer at a glance. Click on the walk number in the first column to go straight to the Eventbrite ticket booking for each walk.  Scroll down for detailed information on each of them to see which walk suits you best.

Saturday, 1st June 2024

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   WALK

START TIME

DISTANCE

miles

BASED ON WALK No.

1

Dog friendly walk  

09:30 

 5.3

6

2

Taith gerdded i’r “Kerry Lamb” yng Ngheri

Welsh language pub walk Kerry

09:30

9

2

3

Bus Ramble from Newtown

09:45

8

Severn way

4

Dolforwyn

10:15

9.2

8

5

Waterways & town

10.30

5.3

6

6

Newtown Heritage Walk

11.00

1-1.5 hours

In town

7

Accessible Walk along the river

11:30

2

AS2

Sunday, 2nd June 2023

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WALK

 

START TIME

DISTANCE

miles

BASED ON WALK No.

8

Dog friendly walk

09:30

4.5

1

9

Bwlch y Ffridd

10:00

9.3

13

10

Brimmon wood and Kerry views with Ramblers Cymru

10:00

5.8

2

11

Fachwen Pool

10:30

6.1

3

12

 

Newtown Heritage Walk

11:00

1-1.5 hours

In town

13

Foraging Walk

 

11:15

 

1.5 hours

 

In town

 

14

Summer Sing and Stroll

 

13:00

 

1.5 hours  including a snack stop

In Dolerw Park

 

The walks in more detail:

Saturday/Dydd Sadwrn, 1st June/Mehefin 2024

Walk 1 Dog Friendly Walk, Waterways and Town

Start time: 09:30

Distance: 5.3 miles

Approximate Duration: 2.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Bring your best friend, his/her lead, some poo bags and come along for a sociable walk with our canine and other friends.  This walk is based on Walk 6, Waterways and Town.  All well-behaved dogs welcome.

Walk 2 Taith i’r “Kerry Lamb” yng Ngheri  Welsh language pub walk to Kerry

Amser cychwyn/Start time: 09:30

Pellter/Distance: 9 milltir/miles

Amser bras/Approximate Duration: 5 awr/hours

Anhawster/Difficulty: Cymedrol i Egniol / Moderate to Strenuous

Dyma gyfle i fwynhau taith a sgwrsio gyda siaradwyr a dysgwyr Cymraeg. Taith gerdded i fyny a throsodd i bentref Ceri, mae’n gwobrwyo’r ymdrech sylweddol gyda golygfeydd gwych yn un o’n teithiau mwyaf ysplennydd. Mae’r esgyniad cronedig tua 480 m, trwy rai ffermydd a choetir hardd. Fel arfer mae anifeiliaid fferm i’w gweld ar y daith hon. Rydym wedi gosod gatiau i gerddwyr yn lle’r rhan fwyaf o’r camfeydd ond mae rhai i’w trafod o hyd.

Mae cinio tafarn yn y canol yn y Kerry Lamb a chaiff cerddwyr wledd i ymweliad ag Eglwys hynafol Ceri ac un o’r Beiblau cadwynog Cymraeg cyntaf y tu mewn. I’r rhai sy’n well ganddynt fynd â’r bws yn ôl, mae’n gadael o Geri am 13:50 ac yn costio £1.50. Mae’r daith unffordd tua 4 milltir.

Dewch â dŵr, byrbrydau ac arian ar gyfer cinio tafarn. Edrychwch ar y daith ar Relive

Here is a chance to enjoy a walk and chat with Welsh speakers and learners.  An up and over walk to the village of Kerry, it rewards the significant effort with some fantastic scenery in one of our most spectacular walks.  The accumulated ascent is about 480 m, through some beautiful farms and woodland.  There are usually farm animals to be seen on this walk.  We’ve replaced most of the stiles with pedestrian gates but there are still a few to negotiate. 

There is a pub lunch in the middle at the Kerry Lamb and walkers will be treated to a visit to the ancient Kerry Church and one of the first Welsh language chained bibles inside.

For those who prefer to take the bus back, it leaves from Kerry at 13:50 and costs £1.50.  The one-way walk is about 4 miles.

Bring water, snacks and money, if you would like a pub lunch. Check out the walk on Relive.

Walk 3 Bus Ramble from Newtown

Start time: 09:45

Distance: 8 miles

Approximate Duration: 4 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

This walk starts by taking the bus at the nearby Newtown bus terminal to Caesws so arrive promptly for the walk.  It will return along the long distance route of the Severn Way, which has some climbs over hills and down valleys. There are also many stiles and gates so this walk is for people who are fit.  You can find more information on this long distance route here.

Bring plenty of drinks and snacks, as well as money for the bus if you don’t have a pass.

Walk 4  Dolforwyn

Start time: 10:15

Distance: 10 miles

Approximate Duration: 6 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

This delightful and energetic walk is based on Walk 8, Dolforwyn Castle.  It is a circuit that goes cross-country before climbing to the picturesque ruins of Dolforwyn Castle for a picnic and back along the canal towpath.  Bring a picnic for a break in the castle grounds amid romantic stone ruins and exceptional views. View the route and photos of the walk on Relive.

Walk 5 Waterways and Town

Start time: 10:30

Distance: 5.3 miles

Approximate Duration: 2.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

This walk is based on Walk 6, Waterways and Town.  It was closed for a long time during the bypass work but has been reopened and now goes under the new bypass twice. It meanders along the Severn River, the Mochdre Brook and then surprises at the end with a brief glimpse of Dolfor Brook as it is briefly allowed to see the sunshine on Dolfor Road.  In between it climbs Black Hall Hill for views south of town.

The total accumulated ascent is approximately 200m and there are some stiles.

Walk 6 Newtown Heritage Walk

Start time: 11:00

Distance: approximately 2 miles

Approximate Duration:  1 – 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

This walk is a short tour of the historic centre of Newtown. The park, where the walk begins, is the site of the medieval castle build in 1279 to protect the new town established by Roger Mortimer. The stroll continues to Park, Ladywell and Frolic Streets. with discussion of the early expansion of the town at the beginning of the nineteenth century.  It continues on to New Rd, the Cenotaph and the River Severn which show how the town developed to the mid-20th C.  There are many fascinating glimpses of the town’s history, including recent renovations of the 19th C market hall.  

The walk leader, Edward Parry, is a retired history teacher with a particular interest in buildings and the local history of this area.  He is one of the Civic Society team the last of whose Explore Newtown books – Newtown South of the Centre – was published in March this year.

Walk 7 Accessible Walk along the River

Start time: 11:30

Distance: 2 miles

Approximate Duration: 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

This is an inclusive walk suitable for people with mobility problems.  It is on fairly level ground without difficulties or obstacles.  One short downhill slope is about 1:15 so anyone in a wheelchair may need a companion to ensure safely.  All are welcome.

 

Sunday/Dydd Sul, 2nd June/Mehefin 2024

Walk 8 Dog Friendly Walk, Ffrith Farm

Start time: 09:30

Distance: 4.5 miles

Approximate Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Bring your best friend, his/her lead, some poo bags and come along for a sociable walk with our canine and other friends. This walk is based on Walk 1, Ffrith Farm, to the north of Newtown.  It is a mixture of road and off-road walking and includes lovely views over Newtown and the surrounding hills. Some sections will be muddy after heavy rain. It climbs through a farmyard with friendly dogs, sheep and possibly cows.  It travels along Penshwa Lane for a while and then returns along a green lane, Lonesome Lane and the canal.  All well-behaved dogs welcome. All well-behaved dogs welcome.

Walk 9  Bwlch y ffridd

Start time: 10:00

Distance: 9.3 miles

Approximate Duration: 5 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

This challenging walk to the north of Newtown takes in some iconic mid-Wales countryside, with the views to go with it. We’ve been working for years to replace stiles with pedestrian gates and there are fewer than half a dozen left.  There are plenty of hills, with an accumulated ascent of more than 600 m as you skirt, but don’t enter, the village of Bwlch y ffridd.

Bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch for stops along the way.

Walk 10 Brimmon Wood & Kerry Views with the Ramblers

Start time: 10:00

Distance: 5.8 miles

Approximate Duration: 3.5 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

Join a walk with the local Ramblers’ group and learn what they are doing in the area.

An up and over walk to the village of Kerry, it rewards the significant effort with some fantastic scenery in one of our most spectacular walks. The accumulated ascent is about 400 m, through some beautiful farms and woodland. There are usually farm animals to be seen on this walk. We’ve replaced most of the stiles with pedestrian gates but there are still a few to negotiate.

Walk 11 Fachwen Pool

Start time: 10:30

Distance: 6.1 miles

Approximate Duration: 4 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

A beautiful walk to the fishing club pool and a bit beyond, this walk is based on Walking Newtown Walk 3, Fachwen Pool, and is proving to be one of our most popular walks.  It goes out by the Severn Way and returns via fields, woods and lanes.  It has an accumulated ascent of about 330m and crosses a few streams.  We’ve replaced almost all the stiles with pedestrian gates but there are still a few on the way home.

At the farthest point of the walk there will be a picnic stop with fantastic views so bring lunch as well as plenty of water.

Walk 12 Newtown Heritage Walk

Start time: 11:00

Distance: approximately 2 miles

Approximate Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

This walk is a short tour of the historic centre of Newtown. The park, where the walk begins, is the site of the medieval castle build in 1279 to protect the new town established by Roger Mortimer. The stroll continues to Park, Ladywell and Frolic Streets. with discussion of the early expansion of the town at the beginning of the nineteenth century.  It continues on to New Rd, the Cenotaph and the River Severn which show how the town developed to the mid-20th C.  There are many fascinating glimpses of the town’s history, including recent renovations of the 19th C market hall.  

The walk leader, Edward Parry, is a retired history teacher with a particular interest in buildings and the local history of this area.  He is one of the Civic Society team the last of whose Explore Newtown books – Newtown South of the Centre – was published in March this year.

Walk 13 Foraging Walk 

Start time: 11:15

Distance: Approximately 1 mile

Approximate Duration: 1 hour followed by discussion and tasting.  Total: 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

One of our most popular walks, this is a foraging adventure along the riverside and parks in the centre of Newtown. Join Mary Cosnett from Cultivate and learn about wild food available free on your doorstep. A short walk of approximately one hour to see what’s available will be followed by a discussion and tasting of Mary’s foraging edibles. All are welcome.

Walk 14 Summer Sing n Stroll

Start time: 13:00

Distance: 1.3 miles

Approximate Duration: 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

A fun and family friendly level walk 1 pm until 3 pm. It starts with a walk over the bridge to Dolerw Park.  Join us for a Summer Sing and Stroll around Newtown’s lovely Riverside park.  Perfect for non-singers and experienced singers. Meet people, make friends, have a laugh and enjoy a sing. Together we will learn simple songs rhythms and harmonies from around the world that will make you smile.  Bring a snack and blanket to enjoy the sunshine. 

 


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