Meet the Severn Way in Newtown

Walk a section of one of Britain’s most beautiful and longest rivers. Start in Newtown, arrive in Welshpool 14 miles later. You can hop on the bus or take a train to get back to Newtown. Did you know Newtown was the starting place for mail ordered goods? Local entrepreneur Pryce Jones mailed his goods across Britain and Europe; he even mailed goods to Queen Victoria! Next time you order something remember that this small town was where it all started.

Explore the Montgomery Canal

In the early nineteenth century the Montgomery Canal would have been a hive of activity with horse drawn boats plying their trade up and down the canal. Today you will find a haven for wildlife; watch out for dragonflies, moorhens, coots and ducks as they slowly paddle or drift across the water. Bring the family and your dog and stretch your legs in stunning countryside. Stop off at delightful villages such as Abermule for a pint or cup of tea.

Canalside towpath with a house opposite.
Montgomery Canal, near Welshpool

Climb up to Dolforwyn Castle

If you are feeling energetic, break off from your walk to find the CADW car park and entry point for Dolforwyn Castle. A steep climb and uneven ground faces you, but the views from the top are absolutely stunning and the ruins worth exploring; and it’s free. Amazingly Llewellyn the Last took just 4 years to construct the castle from 1273 to 1277 then lost it in a fierce battle with Roger Mortimer shortly after.

Stop off at the village of Berriew

A quaint small village with beautiful black and white timber buildings and a must stop off point along your way. It’s a photographer’s delight with its medieval church and traditional pubs selling real ale. Stroll around the village and peak over the bridge to see the River Severn bubbling along on its way towards Welshpool. The tea shop in the village is a great place for a bite to eat before heading off again on your journey. If you have time, check if the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture is open to discover the unique creations within.

Discover Glyndŵr's Way

Step off the Severn Way in Welshpool to explore Glyndŵr's Way. It’s 135 miles in total but if you’re up for a challenge, follow the route to where it meets the Severn Way in Llanidloes to create a fantastic circular route. Owain Glyndŵr, an enigmatic leader of the Welsh in the early fifteenth century, fought many hard won battles against the English King Henry IV in and around Welshpool.

Glyndwr's Way wooden signpost
 Glyndŵr's Way

Powis Castle: a step back in time

Take a tour around this magnificent 13th century medieval fortress, a must do at the end of your walk. Spoil yourself with afternoon tea at Lady Violet’s tea room. Wander around the world-famous garden, overhung with clipped yews and shelters rare and tender plants, laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles. Visit the Clive museum to see ‘Clive of India’s’ treasures including the Roman 1st century cat and snake sculpture.

Interior of the Clive Museum, Powis Castle.
The Clive Museum, Powis Castle, Welshpool, Mid Wales

Wildlife along the Severn Way

With five nature reserves along the way you are sure to see otters, water rail, snipe, great crested grebe, kingfisher and green woodpeckers so make sure you bring your binoculars. Some of them are wheelchair accessible and you can bring your dog if it’s well behaved. It’s no surprise this place a haven for wildlife and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Adventure Smart Wales has plenty of advice on how to ‘make a good day better’, and we recommend you read it before planning your days out. Find out about appropriate clothing and footwear as well as more info on protecting and enjoying the countryside in the Countryside Code