Walking Newtown has organised 18 guided walks over both days of the Newtown Outdoor Festival. There is 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 Walking Newtown on the left hand menu for the walks list to check them out. Or click on the Walk titles in the detailed description and it will take you right to the walk. You’ll find photos, altitude profiles and complete descriptions.

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 these walks are FREE. Come along on the day and register for your chosen walk at least 15 minutes before the start at our hub at Oriel Davies Gallery. Numbers are limited to 20 so arrive 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.

For all the family we have two town activity strolls that can be downloaded and done anytime. Simply download the leaflets of the Heritage Walk (Town Trail 1) or Nature Walk (Town Trail 2), follow the trail and try the challenges.

The table below shows all the guided walks we offer at a glance. Scroll down for detailed information on each of them to see which walk suits you best.

Saturday/Dydd Sadwrn, 4th June/Mehefin 2022

No.WALKSTART TIMEDISTANCE milesDIFFICULTY
1Dog friendly walk  Ffrith Farm09:30 5.3Moderate
2Pub walk to Bettws Cedewain (pub in middle)10:0010Strenuous
3Taith i’r “Kerry Lamb” yng Ngheri
Welsh language pub walk to Kerry
10.009Cymedrol/Egniol
Moderate/Strenuous
4Fachwen Pool10:306.1Moderate
5Accessible walk near Trehafren Hill10:302Easy
6Newtown Heritage Walk11.001.5 to 2 hoursEasy
7Foraging Walk11.001.5 to 2 hoursEasy
8Sing n stroll13:002 hoursEasy

 Sunday/Dydd Sul, 5th June/Mehefin 2022

No.WALKSTART TIMEDISTANCE milesDIFFICULTY
1Dog friendly walk, Waterways and Town09:30 4.5Moderate
2Bwlch y Ffridd09:309.3Strenuous
3Challenge walk with Bryn Walking10:0014.5Strenuous
4Taith bicnic Dolforwyn
Welsh language picnic walk to Dolforwyn
10:0010Egniol
Strenuous
5Waterways and town10:305.3Moderate
6Ffrith Farm10:304.2Moderate
7Newtown Heritage Walk11:00 1.5 to 2 hoursEasy
8Foraging Walk11:001-2 hoursEasy
9Art Walk11:302 hoursEasy
10Tree Walk11:301.4Easy

The walks in more detail

Saturday/Dydd Sadwrn, 4th June/Mehefin 2022

Walk 1 Dog Friendly Walk, Ffrith Farm

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 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 2 Pub Walk to Bettws Cedewain

Start time: 10:00

Distance: 10 miles

Approximate Duration: 7 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

One of the newest walks in the Walking Newtown repertoire (Walk 16 on our web site), this beautiful and varied walk involves some strenuous ups and downs with a total cumulative ascent of about 635m. It’s enough to give you a good appetite for a pub lunch in the middle. The route is more of a lollipop than full circuit as some of the return duplicates the outward stretch. It includes on road, off road and paved tracks. It goes through several farms, usually with various farm animals and arrives in a small village.  As always in the countryside, wet weather will mean muddy footpaths in places. This walk gives good views over Newtown and also towards the mountains to the north of town. To preview the walk have a look at this Relive with photos and map: https://www.relive.cc/view/vXOdYprxkk6.

Bring plenty of water and small snacks as well as money for a pub lunch.

Walk 3 Taith i’r “Kerry Lamb” yng Ngheri  Welsh language pub walk to Kerry

Amser cychwyn/Start time: 10:00

Pellter/Distance: 9 miles

Amser bras/Approximate Duration: 5 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. 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. Bring water, snacks and money for a pub lunch. Check out the walk on Relive.

Walk 4 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 5 Accessible Walk Trehafren to the River

Start time: 10:30

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.

Walk 6 Newtown Heritage Walk

Start time: 11:00

Distance: approximately 2 miles

Approximate Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

This walk is a short tour of the historic centre of Newtown. The aim is to give walkers an insight into the history of the town from its foundation in 1279 through to the present day, looking at the buildings which reflect and illustrate the different periods of the town’s development. We start at the medieval castle in the park, walk along Market Street and then to the river at the bottom of Severn Street, along the river bank to old St Mary’s church then back along Broad street, returning through High Street to the park.

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 which produced the Explore Newtown booklet on the The Historic Town Centre last year and they are preparing a similar publication on Newtown North of the Severn.

Walk 7 Foraging Walk

Start time: 11:00

Distance: approximately 2.5 miles

Approximate Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

One of our most popular walks in the Newtown Walking Festival, this is a foraging adventure along the canal.  Join Jon Lewis and learn about wild food.

Walk 8 Summer Sing n Stroll

Start time: 13:00

Distance: 1.3 miles

Approximate Duration: 2 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. 

With Charlotte Woodford, director of Hafren Community Choir. 

Sunday/Dydd Sul, 5th June/Mehefin 2022

Walk 1 Dog Friendly Walk, Waterways and Town

Start time: 09:30

Distance: 4.5 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  Bwlch y ffridd

Start time: 09:30

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 3 Challenge Walk to Kerry Ridgeway

Start time: 10:00

Distance: 14.5 miles

Approximate Duration: 6.5 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

A beautiful and varied walk, it reaches a height of 501 m on the Ridgeway and the whole walk has 699 m of accumulated height gain – two valleys between the town and the ridgeway. Most of the walk comprises reaching the ridgeway at 8.5 miles, with only one climb on the way back. There are fantastic views of Newtown, then Kerry and Kerry Vale and fabulous views on a good day of Snowdonia from the Ridgeway, where we will have lunch, so bring a packed lunch and plenty of water.  Depending on the weather it can be quite exposed on the Ridgeway.  The walk will return around 4.30 pm.

Walk 4 Taith bicnic Dolforwyn Welsh language picnic walk to Dolforwyn

Amser cychwyn/Start time: 10:00

Pellter/Distance: 10 miles

Amser bras/Approximate Duration: 6 hours

Anhawster/Difficulty: Egniol/Strenuous

Mae’r daith hyfryd ac egnïol hon yn seiliedig ar Daith 8, Castell Dolforwyn. Mae’n gylchdaith sy’n mynd ar draws gwlad cyn dringo i adfeilion prydferth Castell Dolforwyn am bicnic ac yn ôl ar hyd llwybr tynnu’r gamlas. Mae’n agored i bob lefel o siaradwyr Cymraeg, gan gynnwys dysgwyr, sydd am fwynhau cwmni Cymry Cymraeg a chlywed, yn Gymraeg, am hanes y castell. Dewch â phicnic am seibiant ar dir y castell ynghanol adfeilion carreg rhamantus a golygfeydd eithriadol. Gallwch weld y llwybr a lluniau’r daith gerdded i mewn Relive.

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. It is open to all levels of Welsh speakers, including learners, who want to enjoy the company of Welsh speakers and hear, in Welsh, about the history of the castle. 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 Ffrith Farm

Start time: 10:30

Distance: 4.2 miles

Approximate Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

This walk is based on Walk 1, Ffrith Farm.  A lovely introduction to walking in the Newtown area, it is a mixture of road and off-road walking and includes lovely views over Newtown and the surrounding hills. The walk heads uphill to Penshwa Lane, then along the quiet lane to a green lane, down to Lonesome Lane, down a field, over a bridge and back along Sycamore Drive to cross the Severn and the return to the start. Some sections could be muddy after heavy rain.

Walk 7 Newtown Heritage Walk

Start time: 11:00

Distance: approximately 2 miles

Approximate Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

This walk will start in the park but then head across the Long bridge to Penygloddfa. This area of the town developed in the first quarter of the nineteenth century to become the centre of the flannel industry which earned Newtown the title ‘the little Leeds of Wales’. Much of Penygloddfa is a conservation area with numerous listed buildings and it is one of the best examples of an early industrial townscape in the country, with several surviving factory buildings one of which is now the Textile museum. We will walk along Frankwell, Commercial, Bryn and Crescent streets where the best examples of the industrial heritage can be seen.

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 which produced the Explore Newtown booklet on the The Historic Town Centre last year and they are preparing a similar publication on Newtown North of the Severn.

Walk 8 Foraging Walk

Start time: 11:00

Distance: approximately 2.5 miles

Approximate Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

One of our most popular walks in the Newtown Walking Festival, this is a foraging adventure on an easy, flat route along the canal towpath.  Join Jon Lewis and learn about wild food you can collect and cook yourself.

Walk 9 Art Walk

Start time: 11:30

Distance: About 1 mile

Approximate Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Alice Draws the Line. Open to all ages and abilities on level ground.   Children under 16 to be accompanied by a parent/carer. Meet at the gallery for a fun guided art walk with professional artist.  Alice Savery is an artist and previously a forest school leader and is planning a creative walk exploring parkland, capturing nature through a variety of creative techniques from continuous line drawings to quick watercolour sketches. Alice spends a lot of time drawing outdoors in nature, capturing the changing seasons with beautiful pen and ink drawings and watercolours.  Making time to notice nature in all its details is fun, often surprising and always good for wellbeing. Bring a picnic or pre-book a picnic from the various food trucks and cafes nearby. 

Walk 10 Tree Walk

Start time: 11:30

Distance: 1.4 miles

Approximate Duration: About 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Come along with Open Newtown warden Paul Reynolds and explore the trees around the centre of Newtown. 


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