I set off from Maes Mawr Hall Hotel about 9.30am. A lovely crisp cold start and the hall in all its splendour in the morning sun. Taking a path to the west of the hall I headed across the fields to Caersws. It was muddy in places and the temperature needed to be a bit colder to harden up the ground. The River Severn looked very high, cold and foreboding but beautiful all the same. The path follows the river’s sweeping bend and comes out just by the bridge into Caersws. Turning left by the grocers and then left again after crossing the railway down a lane sign posted as a cycle route. Just before the track is a plaque that describes the roman history in and around Caersws – very interesting. Once on the lane (The Severn Way) I followed this, and it was pretty flat, until the footpath veered off left on to a much rougher path. The river came into sight again as the path rose, getting quite muddy. I was looking out for Cefn Carnedd an ancient fort, it would be a diversion but worth it. Sure enough a waymark pointing directly up the hillside to the fort. What a climb! But what a view! 360 degs – right across to Shropshire and the beautiful meandering River Severn - an ideal spot for a fort and an ideal place for a spot of coffee. When on the way back down I came across a huge mushroom ring - I need to look up what kind of mushrooms they were. Onwards then to Llandinam. An old iron bridge typical of the old bridges in Montgomeryshire crosses the river in Llandinam. There is a pub, The Lion, would make a great lunch or refreshment break. Taking the lane SE, that I am familiar with from the Cross Wales Walk, going up quite steeply until a waymarked bridle way is signposted to the left. This was very muddy and the path had almost turned into a stream. So a bit of a scramble down but very pretty. This bridle way takes you all the way to a place called Little London where there is an old, lone, red phone box with a bunch of shiny rose hips hanging down in front of the door- a postcard picture. All the way along here were beautiful views back across to where I walked on the Severn Way and to Cefn Carnedd. I had wanted to take a footpath that went right passed another fort but it the path was none existent and I could see that the fort was covered in trees and not on the scale of the one earlier today. There are remains of the old railway that would have gone to Llandinam and Moat Lane Station, which in its hay day was a busy place. I took the path along this old line and then an almost overgrown foot path back to the main road, back over the main railway and into to the fields where I started.
A fabulous walk, good paths, fantastic views, places of interest and lots of fresh air.