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The Severn Way

The Severn Way is the longest river walk in Britain, tracing the 210 miles of the River Severn (Afon Hafren in Welsh) from its source at Plynlimon (Pumlumon) to the sea at Bristol. This waymarked route passes through some beautiful countryside, lovely villages, castle towns, market centers and cathedral cities as it follows longest river in the British Isles.

Its source, a lake on the eastern side of Plynlimon in Powys, Mid Wales is at 610metres (2001 feet) above sea level. The Severn quickly develops into a fast flowing river, enlivened by falls and cascades as it plunges 470 meters during its first 12 miles. The Severn Way reflects this descent with steep paths and scrambles beside waterfalls through the Hafren Forest.

From the Cambrian Mountains, the trail then takes you over open countryside and past the towns of Llanidloes, Newtown and Welshpool in Powys. In complete contrast to the first section, the route between Newtown and Welshpool (for example) is a peaceful, easy walk along the old Montgomeryshire Canal towpath, with idyllic miles interspersed with waterside pubs and unspoilt villages.

Just after the village of Llandrinio, the Severn Way leaves Mid Wales and crosses into England. The Severn Way then follows the winding river past the towns of Shrewsbury, Worcester, Gloucester and down to Bristol where it runs into the sea.