Walks Library Background
Bill Hodges of Shrewsbury Ramblers has explored the hills surrounding the Banwy, Vyrnwy and Tanat valleys for routes that capture the spectacular scenery even though the paths are not necessarily well way-marked or maintained.
Thanks to Bill’s diaries, notes and maps we have been able to make a collection of these walks and to date about sixty are documented. Map reading skills are needed to follow the routes.
Bill says: “I have enjoyed these walks over the course of more than twenty years. They are all walks I have led including one or two from the Shrewsbury Rail Rambles collection. Thanks are due to the many who have introduced me to the delights of walks and explorations over the Border – Gwen Birch, the late Jack Brown, the late Les Evans, Brian Jones, Emyr Jones, the late Ray Knowles, Keith Mason, the late John Pedley, Roy Powell. I hope the routes will be used to share the pleasure I have had”.
Audrey Menhinick maintains the library in hard copy and digital format and anyone seeking further information can contact Audrey via telephone or email.
About the walks
They are all in mid Wales and within 35 miles of Shrewsbury – see map
There are links below to those routes which have been walked and mapped. Click on the walk reference to download a pdf with walk directions and a map. It is advisable to take the relevant OS map if you intend to follow a route.
A visit to the remains of the Welsh castle of Dolforwyn and then a circuit through the "back country" between Welshpool and Newtown
A rewarding route of quiet lanes and paths (with some difficulties) in the hill country above the valley of the River Rhiw.
A walk in the country of little hills between the Rivers Vyrnwy and Banwy. Splendid views ending with pretty riverside path
On the South Side of the Tanat valley, over the hills to the Access Land summit of the Allt Tair Ffynnon for splendid views
A scenic route with plenty of interest, above the Tanat and Cynllaith valleys, through the Llangedwyn Estate and visiting the site of Owain Glyndwr’s hall.
Start Point -Llangedwyn
A shorter walk with excellent views from the hills south of the Tanat valley
This walk on the hills North of Llanfyllin has rewarding views for the relatively easy gradients though there are two short steep climbs
Lovely views from hills south of Llanfyllin, then a climb to The Lonely Tree
Startpoint -Llanfihangel yng Ngwnfa
A walk using part of Glyndwr’s Way, over the fine hill top of Allt Dolanog, a bit of the Ann Griffiths Way down the Vyrnwy valley, and a return over a series of little hills.
Startpoint-Llanfihangel yng Ngwnfa
A walk on the hills north of the village, with wide views and a splendid crossing of the Ty crwyn valley.
A walk up from the old quarrying village of Llangynog to the moorland track, the Ffordd Gefn to join the Perendrindod Melangell Walk and descend to the pilgrimage church of St. Melangell.
A longer than usual walk involving a double crossing of moorland up from the valleys and visiting the famous waterfall of Pistyll Rhaeadr
Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant
A climb up to do a circuit of The Garn, a spur of the Berwyns, via Glan-hafon, with fine views of the mountains and the Tanat Valley country.
Along by the Vyrnwy, through woods to Maesmawr Hall, back by Broniarth Hill with fine views of the Vale of Meifod.
A walk on the hills above Meifod, coming back through the hidden valley of Glascwm
Wednesday 29 June 2022Starting at 19:00A leisurely 3 mile / 4.8 km walk
Sunday 3 July 2022Meeting at 09:30, Starting at 10:15A moderate 11 mile / 17.7 km walk
Tuesday 5 July 2022Meeting at 09:30, Starting at 10:15A moderate 9 mile / 14.5 km walk
Tuesday 5 July 2022Meeting at 09:30, Starting at 10:15A moderate 8 mile / 12.9 km walk
Wednesday 6 July 2022Starting at 19:00A leisurely 5 mile / 8 km walk
Sunday 10 July 2022Meeting at 09:30, Starting at 10:15A moderate 8 mile / 12.9 km walk