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|Powis Castle and the Montgomery Canal|
|Author: Claire, Published: 07 Aug 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: Dogs are not permitted on this walk as the route crosses a private deer park. |
A 4.5 mile circular walk from the town of Welshpool in Powys. The route climbs through a medieval deer park to visit the beautiful red sandstone Powis Castle then crosses pastures to join the towpath of the Montgomery Canal for the return leg back into town. There are glorious views and plenty of wildlife to enjoy.
The walk includes several steady climbs/descents for the first half and then is almost entirely flat for the second half. The majority of the route follows tarmac tracks and surfaced towpaths, but you will need to cross a few pastures which can be fairly muddy after periods of rain. You will be sharing some of the paths with deer, sheep and cattle. There are three stiles on the route plus several gates. The walk crosses the private deer park of Powis Castle which is open from dawn to sunset, but DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED at any time. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
Welshpool is located 4 miles from the Wales-England border in the county of Powys. The walk starts and finishes from the Berriew Road pay and display car park. The car park is accessed from the A458 Berriew Road, opposite the old cinema and just south of its junction with Broad Street. The car park costs £2 for four hours (correct August 2014). Approximate post code SY21 7SL.
|Start to Black Lake|
Start point: 52.6587 lat, -3.1493 long
A final reminder in case you've missed it in the introduction: DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED on this route.
|Black Lake to Red Lane|
Start point: 52.6571 lat, -3.1543 long
Continue ahead through the black gate alongside the cattle grid to enter the medieval deer park. Deer have been at Powis for more than 300 years and today the park is home to red and fallow deer. The red deer were introduced in about 1840 by the Earl of Powis. The towers of Powis Castle soon become visible above the tree line ahead.
|Red Lane to Belan Locks|
Start point: 52.6456 lat, -3.164 long
Turn left along the lane, taking care of any occasional traffic. As you draw level with the vehicle entrance for Powis Castle on the left, turn right over a stile into a large open pasture. Follow the obvious grass path ahead, passing immediately to the left of two large oak trees. The path becomes a stone track which leads you down to a pretty arched stone bridge over a stream.
|Belan Locks to Pike Bench|
Start point: 52.6391 lat, -3.1605 long
Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn right and then right again to follow the towpath under the bridge (Number 121). Keep ahead along the towpath with the canal on the left, passing Belan Bottom Lock.
|Pike Bench to End|
Start point: 52.6475 lat, -3.1496 long
Turn left and continue along the towpath. This area is at the edge of Whitehouse Bridge Nature Reserve. It is a popular spot with anglers, both the human kind (fisherman) and the bird kind (kingfishers). Keep your eyes peeled as you walk for all kinds of wildlife. The canal is alive with rare aquatic plants, and otters and water voles have also been spotted. We were lucky enough to see a grass snake swimming in the canal.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Beautiful Walk with lots of different styles! Canals, wildlife reserves, castles and pastures. Lovely to visit the castle as well, highly recommended! Approx £6.50 for the castle alone and £12.50 for the castle and the gardens entry! Thoroughly enjoyed.
|By jordandavidh on 30 May 2017|
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