Walking in Mid Wales along the Wye Valley, Severn Way and Usk Valley
Published: Saturday 10th Aug 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Many Wales Holidays visitors are keen walkers and what better way to discover unspoilt Mid Wales than by following the course of two of Britain’s best loved rivers, the Wye and the Severn.
During a stay in the Welshpool, Brecon and Abergavenny areas, visitors can follow these rivers, along with the Usk, whose source is near the Usk Reservoir on the Carmarthenshire border.
The Wye Valley Walk is an attractive route following the river Wye from its source near the rugged and remote Hafren Forest, via Rhayader, Builth Wells, Hereford and Monmouth. Along its length of 136 mile the Walk crisscrosses the border of England and Wales, descending 2230 ft/680m from its source to the sea and the very varied landscape includes open moorland, mountains, densely wooded gorges, riverside meadows, orchards and arable fields.
The longest river walk in Britain is the Severn Way, tracing the 210 miles of the Hafren (River Severn) from its source at a lake on the eastern side of Plynlimon in Powys, over 2000 ft (610m) above sea level, to the sea at Bristol. This waymarked route passes through some beautiful countryside, lovely villages, castle towns, market centres and even cathedral cities as it follows the longest river in the British Isles.
The Usk Valley Walk runs for 48 miles from Caerleon to Brecon through the Vale of Usk. Though smaller than the River Wye, the Usk is equally beautiful. There are many relics of the Industrial Revolution on the way but even in the south, the valley is unspoilt and the larger settlements are small market towns with very little modern industrial development.