Across Wales Walk

We are delighted that Montgomery is now the fixed end point for the 46 mile Across Wales Walk run by Rotary Clubs of Newtown, Llanidloes and Machynlleth. This was the 60th Across Wales Walk and once again Montgomery gave a rousing welcome to the 312 tired walkers (some more than others) coming into town from, an amazing, midday onwards. £1 000 was raised for Severn Hospice by Rotary and individual walkers raised several thousands for their own chosen charities.

As is often the case, weather was wet and misty for the first few hours but was pretty hot as the day progressed and scorching in Montgomery. The atmosphere in Montgomery was enlivened by a band playing for a wedding in the Town Hall along with plenty of clapping and cheering.

Local lad and farmer Ifor Humphreys completed his 24th Across Wales Walk and was awarded a special certificate for his endeavours. Fran Louise of Montgomery Walkers are Welcome Committee completed the walk for the first time whilst another member, Brett Kibble, confined himself to the task of route marking and vegetation clearance for the final Abermule to Montgomery stretch of the walk.

Across Wales will run next year on Saturday June 22nd with booking opening early in the new year. Are you up for the challenge?

Walkers are certainly welcome in Montgomery.

Author: Jill Kibble

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Walk #1 – Panoramic Views over Montgomery Vale

Starting at our Town Hall walk around to its rear and ascend the narrow road beyond. Stop and turn around every minute or so and take in the view over Montgomery rooftops, out to Corndon hill, over the English border and beyond to the Long Mynd. You can then continue upwards on the narrow road until you come to a country lane with our Montgomery Castle car park on your right ( Note: a visit to the Castle will add around 15 minutes to your circular walk — but is well worth it if you have the time ). Turn left at the country lane and walk back into Montgomery while pausing here and there to take in the wide, Panoramic views across Montgomery Vale.

Walk #2 – St. Nicholas Church with views over Montgomery

Starting at our Town Hall walk out past our SPAR shop and towards the IVY HOUSE cafe. Carefully cross the main road and ascend the short hill towards the church gates and enter it’s grounds. Walk along the pathway and follow it as it winds left and round the church. Pause to take in the view across Montgomery to the wooded hills beyond with nearby countryside. As you follow the pathway towards the rear of the Church you will see the outline of Montgomery Castle on the rocky outcrop that towers over our town. Follow the pathway round the church and take in the wide, Panoramic views across Montgomery Vale to Corndon Hill, the English border and beyond. Eventually exit at the church gates and return to our Town Hall.

Author – David Wilson

Ready for you to enjoy

Well hasn’t the vegetation grown apace this late spring? Vale of Montgomery Footpath Volunteers have been out and about with a vengeance undertaking hours of work clearing stiles and gates of brambles and nettles; exposing footpath way-markers and checking and repairing bridges. Pleased to say that all the four Montgomery Walking Trails are now clear and easy to access so take your pick and enjoy Cross Offa; Rolling Marches, Beneath the Ffridd or the Offa’s Dyke Circular. Leaflets available on this site or hard copies in the Montgomery Tourist Information Box (always open); the Institute; Bunners. Ivy House or the Dragon. Even the odd tree to contend with!

Author: Jill Kibble