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Walking in Powys

Mid Wales is walking country. By which we mean that, at any given spot, the view will be so wonderful that you’ll want to get a bit farther into it. And walking is generally the best way.

 

You certainly won’t have any trouble finding a footpath. For a start we’ve got two of Britain’s 15 National Trails. 

 

One of them, Offa’s Dyke Path, meanders through Mid Wales as part of a 177-mile journey that Lonely Planet voted one of the world’s greatest wall walks – along with the Berlin Wall, Hadrian’s Wall and the Great Wall of China.

 

The other one, Glyndwr’s Way, we have entirely to ourselves. A vast horseshoe curving from one side of Wales to the other linking Welshpool, Machynlleth and Knighton (the only town in Wales that’s on two National Trails).

 

We have three stunning river valley routes – the Wye Valley Walk, the Severn Way and the Taff Trail – and a walk across the entire Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Epynt Way is a relatively new route across MOD land, offering unbridled views and The Beacons Way offers a full week of walking for those who want to complete it in one go.

 

Three of our shorter routes offer an insight into local history and some of the finest scenery in Britain - Kerry Ridgeway, Ann Griffiths Walk and Pererindod Melangell

 

We have wildlife walks, town trails and towpath strolls. Walks linked to poets, hymn writers, drovers and saints. Flat well-surfaced walks that are perfect for pushchairs and wheelchairs. 

 

We’re even on the 870-mile Wales Coast Path. Not bad for a region without a coastline but then Machynlleth has always been worth making a detour for.

 

Check out the very latest walk to feature on our website,

A long distance walking route (140 miles) following the path of the Heart of Wales Line scenic rail route.

 

Starting in the old railway town of Craven Arms, the trail passes through rural upland, woodland and estuarial landscapes as it winds its way to the South Wales coast. 

 

Linking all of the rail stations along the route, the trail also intersects with some spectacular routes including the Shropshire Way, Offas Dyke Path, Glyndwr’s Way, Beacons Way and the Wales Coast Path.

 

Hop on the train and enjoy great walks along the line, all the way from Craven Arms to Llanelli, for day tripping adventures to multi-day explorations.

To order the Trail guidebook and for route descriptions please visit  www.heart-of-wales.co.uk

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Safety is paramount to ensure an enjoyable and incident-free experience. Here are some tips to help you #DiscoverPowys safely:

1. Plan Your Route:

  • Before setting out, plan your walking route thoroughly. Consider the distance, terrain, and the estimated time required to complete the walk.

  • Obtain maps or use reliable navigation apps to familiarise yourself with the area.

2. Check Weather Conditions:

  • Keep an eye on weather forecasts before your walk. Powys's weather can be variable, so be prepared for changes in conditions.

  • Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring extra layers and waterproof gear if needed.

3. Inform Someone:

  • Let someone know your walking plans, including your intended route and estimated return time.

  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone for emergencies, but be aware that some remote areas may have limited signal coverage.

4. Wear Suitable Footwear:

  • Wear sturdy, comfortable footwear suitable for the terrain you'll be walking on. Whether it's rugged trails or gentle paths, proper footwear is essential.

5. Carry Essentials:

  • Pack essential items, including water, snacks, a first aid kit, and a map. If you plan a longer walk, consider carrying a compass and a torch.

  • Sunscreen and a hat are advisable in sunny weather, and insect repellent can be useful in certain areas.

6. Respect Wildlife and Livestock:

  • If you encounter wildlife, observe from a distance and avoid disturbing animals.

  • If walking through fields with livestock, follow the Countryside Code: close gates behind you, keep dogs under control, and give animals plenty of space.

7. Be Mindful of Terrain:

  • Be aware of the terrain and your own physical capabilities. Some areas may have steep ascents or uneven paths.

  • Stick to designated trails and public footpaths, and avoid private property.

8. Emergency Preparedness:

  • Familiarise yourself with the emergency services contact number (999 or 112 in the UK).

  • Carry a whistle to signal for help if needed.

9. Follow Local Guidance:

  • Observe any local guidelines or restrictions, especially in nature reserves or protected areas.

  • Check for any trail closures or advisories before starting your walk.

10. Be Environmentally Responsible - Addo:

- Leave no trace—carry your litter with you and respect the natural environment.

- Follow the Countryside Code and any specific guidelines provided for the area you're exploring.

By following these safety tips, you can make the most of your walking experience in Powys while ensuring your well-being and preserving the natural beauty of the region.

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Walking Trails

Circular & Community Trails

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Erwood: Riverside Walk

Destination:

Cambrian Mountains

Nearest Town:

Builth Wells

Distance:

Builth Wells Town Walk: Three Bridges

Destination:

Cambrian Mountains

Nearest Town:

Builth Wells

Distance:

1.75

Knighton, Ffrydd Wood and The Elan Valley Pipeline

Destination:

Offas Country

Nearest Town:

Knighton

Distance:

2.5

Builth Wells Town Walk: Golf Links Walk

Destination:

Cambrian Mountains

Nearest Town:

Builth Wells

Distance:

3.5

Builth Wells Town Walk: Penddol Rocks

Destination:

Cambrian Mountains

Nearest Town:

Builth Wells

Distance:

2.5

Knighton and Cwm Ifor Dingle Walk

Destination:

Offas Country

Nearest Town:

Knighton

Distance:

4

Builth Wells Town Walk: The Groe

Destination:

Cambrian Mountains

Nearest Town:

Builth Wells

Distance:

1.5

Builth Wells: Banc y Celyn Walk

Destination:

Cambrian Mountains

Nearest Town:

Builth Wells

Distance:

9.5

Beguildy Circular Trail

Destination:

Offas Country

Nearest Town:

Knighton

Distance:

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