- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 19th October 1997-Welshpool
- The next outing on Sunday, 19 October and takes us to the
border county of Shropshire and Wales at Welshpool. There
is the usual choice of four walks all of which will
finish in Welshpool where refreshment and toilet
facilities are available. Please note - due to the lack
of adequate toilet facilities, there will be no toilet
stop en route but 'B'+, 'B' and 'C' walkers are well
provided for at the start of their walks in Welshpool.
Coaches will leave school at 0800 hrs prompt and return
at about 1930 hrs. The cost of travel is £6.00 for
adults and £3.00 for children and students in full-time
education. Please return slips with cheque (not cash) to
the school office by Thursday, 9 October, in an envelope
marked "Range Walking Club". Walking boots are
essential for all walks.
- 'A' Walk
- A varied walk involving some strenuous (but rewarding!)
climbing and the use of some of the lesser used paths in
the district. The walk takes in two of the best
viewpoints in the area. We start from the little church
in the hamlet of Llandrinio (296171) north of Welshpool.
After a short distance, across fields to the church at
Criggion, we ascend steeply up Breidden Hill to the
landmark of Rodney's Pillar. There are magnificent 3600
views from here (on a clear day!) over Shropshire, Wales
and back northwards to Liverpool. We descend via forest
trails and farmland until, climbing again, more gently
this time, to Heldre Hill. From here we follow the old
Roman Road along Long Mountain, with views across to the
Stiperstones, to an ancient Beacon Ring settlement. Once
again there are good views, this time overlooking our
final destination of Welshpool in the valley below, which
we reach via paths and tracks.
- Distance: 13¾ miles
- Ascent: 2200'
- Leaders: Bob Scurr and A N Other
- 'B'+ Walk
- From the car park in Welshpool, the walk heads SSW with
an easy 2¼ miles along the towpath of the Shropshire
Union Canal. After passing picturesque Belan Locks we
leave the towpath at GR 209045 and climb through fields
to Belan and New House Farm. A minor road is then
followed for 1¼ miles SW to Trefnant Hall, where an even
more minor track is used to reach the village of Castle
Caereinion. From here, easy field paths lead us NE to
cross the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway line at
Lower Sylfaen Station. A short climb then takes us (via a
golf course) almost to the summit of Y Golfa, from which
point there are extensive all-round views of Shropshire
and the Welsh Marches. The final 2¾ miles into Welshpool
are all downhill by way of grassy hillside paths, farm
tracks and the parkland of Llanerchydol Hall.
- Distance: 12 miles
- Ascent: 1400'
- Leaders: Glennis Poole and Dave Purdy
- 'B' Walk
- Starting in Welshpool the 'B' walk follows the Shropshire
Union Canal north, crossing the River Severn and the
railway at Bunnington Bridge. It then meanders south
along tracks and footpaths to Leighton Farm before
recrossing the river and rejoining the canal close to
Belan. The last leg of the walk takes the party through Powis Castle Park and back into Welshpool. Unfortunately
this area maintains its reputation for the poor signing
and maintenance of its footpaths. Some road walking is,
- Distance: 9 miles
- Ascent: 400'
- Leaders: Janet Purdy and Ray Webb
- 'C' Walk
- From the centre of Welshpool we walk alongside the
Shropshire Union Canal on our way to Buttington. After
joining the Offa's Dyke path we soon start the long,
steady climb of 1000' mainly over farmland up to the
hidden trig point at Beacon Ring Fort. This climb will be
taken slowly with frequent stops being made t admire the
panoramic view which gradually opens up behind us. Our
route back to the start is by woodland tracks and country
lanes passing through Pant-y-Bwch and Lower Leighton.
- Distance: 7¼ miles
- Ascent: 1100'
- Leaders: Barry Whitby and Peter Houghton