It’s now only a month left to go until we open our gates for a new season at our caravan park in Mid Wales. If you’ll be here in March, there’s a good chance you’ll want to take a few walks around the area to witness the first, and much awaited, signs of spring arriving in Wales.
Wales is the perfect place to enjoy scenic strolls (as well as more challenging ones), and there is an abundance of way-marked walking trails within the area to enjoy. Here are a few which offer fantastic views of the surrounding valleys.
Offa’s Dyke Path
This long-distance footpath follows the border between England and Wales. It is one of the British National Trails, and has walkers from all around the world visiting. The whole length of the trail is an astounding 177 miles, but you can cut it short at any point you like.
The name comes from the earthwork which can be seen along the trail, which is known as Offa’s Dyke. It is said that this structure once indicated where the England and Wales border stood. The earthwork was likely constructed within the 8th century, by a king named Offa.
This walk offers beautiful landscapes of both Wales and England whilst you walk across the valleys, rivers and ridges bordering both regions.
Another long-distance footpath, the Severn Way crosses into England from Mid Wales, and can be followed all the way down to Bristol. This 223 mile path can be started at Llanidloes in Powys, before passing through the very scenic county of Shropshire.
The Severn Way is the longest way marked trail in the whole of Britain, and much like Offa’s Dyke, can be taken in your own pace and distance. Along the way you’ll be greeted to a number of views, including historic villages and dense woodlands.
The Glyndŵr’s Way trail offers spectacular views of the Mid Wales scenery, and spans a length of 128 miles.
The trail is named after Owain Glyndŵr, a famed Welsh warrior within the 15th century. This trail can join onto the Offa’s Dyke Path, and begins in Welshpool before ending in the small market town of Knighton.
Along the trail you’ll be surrounded by a range of terrains, including woodlands, moorlands and the rolling hills of the Mid Wales valleys.
Montgomery Canal Towpath
Slightly shorter than the other walks, but not by much, the Montgomery canal towpath route is another delightful walk, which can be started from the town of Welshpool.
The majority of the canal is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, due to the thriving wildlife surrounding it.
Water voles and otters can often be spotted along the length of the canal, so be on the lookout along the way. A number of nature reserves border the Montgomery canal, and a variety of wildflowers and dragonflies can be seen during the spring and summer months.
The towpath has been resurfaced, so it is suitable for both walkers and bike riders. For a short 1.2 mile walk, take a look at this trail guide.