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Walk Number 3

Approx 2.6miles

Circular walk to Bettisfield and back.

Start from the layby outside Corner Farm.

  1. With your back to the farm turn right walking along the verge, cross the lane continuing toward Whitchurch. After the Bungalow on your right, you turn right at the footpath sign into the field.
  2. Walking with the hedge on your right continue until you come to a pair of farm gates at which point you turn diagonally left slightly uphill, shortly you will see a style in the hedgerow.
  3. Crossing the style turn diagonally left and walking uphill keeping to the right of the two oak trees on the horizon, now you will see a hedgerow where you aim for the right-hand end of this, you will now come to two overlapping farm gates.
  4. Lift open one of these and squeeze through taking care to close it behind you, with the fence on your left follow it for nearly half a mile aiming for the church steeple of Bettisfield. You will come out through a gate onto Church Lane. Turn right and continue past no, 1 Station Cottage. Up onto the Railway Bridge. This is the discontinued Cambrian Railway Track between Whitchurch and Welshpool, closed on the 18-1-1965.
  5. Turn right and continue downhill. Note, at the bottom on your left there is a track leading to TARALOKA, a Buddhist retreat for women. Shortly on your left is the old village School House opposite which is the old Primary school, now the Village Hall.
  6. Continue up what is now the canal bridge, at the top take a few minutes to look up and down the canal and into the top end of the Village.
  7. Now go down onto the canal towpath turning right, you will see a small wooden building on the opposite side, which was the Old Warf, used as a grain store for many years. Continue along the canal until you come to bridge no, 49. Locally known as “Clapping Bridge”? Note take a moment to look at this bridge. It was rebuilt only a few years ago and you will see that it is a really modern structure Now go up the rather grand steps onto Knowles Lane.
  8. Turn right walking along the lane where shortly you will come upon a Bungalow on your right, “Cedar View” which has a lovely, tiered garden. Continuing on you will now see a grassed area on the right at the end of which there is a small spring which was a source of water for the few properties in the lane until the early 1960’s “look for the Irises”. A little further on you come to a layby with a fence alongside behind which you will see Gorse and Briars. This was where families of Gypsies used to park their horse drawn caravans for quite a few weeks during their travels every year. Their water supply was from the spring mentioned earlier.
  9. Continue on and you come to a junction, you are now joining Rowe Lane, go right and now you will see a brick structure on your right, this is the one remaining abutment of the old Cambrian Railway Bridge on the line mentioned earlier.
    Only a few hundred yards now and you come to the crossroads on the A495.
    Turn left keeping to the verge and you will now be back at the farm. You have now completed your walk.

Note, with the exception of Knowles Lane and Rowe Lane, your walk was entirely in Wales.