Great Walks: Powis Castle

There’s nothing more invigorating than a stroll up a woodland park with a castle peaking out amongst the trees, especially when you are rewarded with such an imposing and stunning red-hued medieval giant at the end. Start your journey by train or footpath, or park your car in Welshpool. All routes will lead you to a lovely meandering park lane, whose destination is Powis Castle. Take advantage of the paved walkway even if you drive to Powis Castle, you can walk straight down to the center of town and back up to get your car later.

Park Lane path: However you chose to get to Welshpool, the path starts on Park Lane, just off High Street and is 0.8 miles long. It should take about 15 – 20 minutes, depending on your speed. There is an incline about halfway up the path, which continues until you reach the castle. The whole way is paved. Cars cannot enter the lane.

It can be a little confusing to get to Park Lane from Welshpool High Street. The path starts at the gate. There is a parking lot just in front of the lane, which makes it difficult to see the gate. Park Lane is between two large Georgian buildings, it is about in the center of town, with the Town Hall visible on the other side of the road. Look for the black and gold direction sign. There is a green road sign right in the middle of the sidewalk. If you are facing it, then Park Lane is on your left and if you are seeing the back of it, then Park Lane is on your right.

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Walk through the car park/lane and you’ll see the gate. Use the little side gate.

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From there you will see the gatehouse. Follow the paved path straight up to the castle from here.

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From the train station: the railway station is just a half mile away from Park Lane. It looks like a straight shot on the map and it is, but you’ll have to go around to the car park to get out of the train station and then you’ll have to cross one roundabout. You’ll want to end up on the lefthand side of the road, so that you are on the correct side for the lane. You’ll pass over the River Severn and down High Street. Once you see the big Welshpool Town Hall, you are very close. Look for the direction signs pointing towards the path.

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