The Severn Way is the longest river walk in Britain, tracing the 210 miles of the Hafren (River Severn) from its source at Plynlimon 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 longest river in the British Isles.
Its source, a lake on the eastern side of Plynlimon in Powys is at 610m (2001 ft) above sea level. The Severn quickly develops into a fast flowing river and plunges 470m during its first 12 miles. The Severn Way reflects this descent with steep paths and scrambles beside waterfalls through the Hafren Forest.
Very close to the way near the Hafren Forest, Wales Cottage Holidays offers 5* Drainbyrion Farm Bungalow, a three-bedroomed spacious property near Llanidloes. To the north of the town, we have 1 Derw Cottages sleeping 8, 2 Derw Cottages sleeping 4, and Derw Lodge also sleeping 4. All three properties are in the same location and share the farm's tennis court, junior football pitch, playground, games room and non-serious fishing lake.
Also near Llanidloes, we have Berthllwyd which sits right on the banks of the River Severn with 600m of private fishing; and Crud Yr Awel which is a spacious detached bungalow sleeping 5.
The river flows on to Caersws then east through Newtown.
The route does not simply follow riverside paths but helps the walker make the most of the countryside. Here in Mid Wales, bridleways and paths are used to follow tributary valleys or climb to ridgetop view points. Outside the larger settlements, much of the Way is on quiet paths and tracks well away from roads and traffic.
In complete contrast to the first section of the Severn Way, the route between Newtown and Welshpool is a peaceful, easy walk along the old Montgomeryshire Canal towpath, with idyllic miles interspersed with waterside pubs and unspoilt villages. Accommodation close by includes Llandinier Farmhouse, a character cottage sleeping 9, and The Waggoner's Cottage sleeping 5. These two properties have nature walks from the door, and the use of a games area and summerhouse. Barn 1 near Berriew, Welshpool sleeps 4 and is suitable for less able visitors.
Within walking distance of Welshpool, Wales Cottage Holidays can offer Gungrog Cottage which has been renovated to a high standard and retaining stone walls and oak beams.
A little further north, just after the village of Llandrinio, the Severn Way leaves Mid Wales and crosses into England following the winding river past Shrewsbury, Worcester, Gloucester and down to Bristol.