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Walk Number 4

Approx 5.5miles

Circular walk to Bettisfield and onwards to the Fenns Moss National Nature Reserve returning via the Shropshire Union and Llangollen Canal.

  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 you turn diagonally left slightly uphill, shortly you will see style in the hedgerow.
  3. Crossing the style turn diagonally left again 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 edge 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 walking up the lane 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 almost immediately turn right again. This takes you down onto the original track.
    Stop for a few moments to admire the original Station House, waiting rooms and platform and the old steam Shunter engine. Also, the building on your right was the Railway warehouse now converted into a lovely dwelling.
  6. Follow the track for about 1 mile. On the way you will pass two, what were agricultural workers cottages. Looking to your right you will see what The Corn Hill Farm was, now it is called TARALOKA, a Buddhist retreat. Later on, you pass another cottage, Cambrian Cottage, a railway workers cottage. Now you pass through a walker’s squeeze, you have now entered the Fenns
    Moss where you will see a notice board, here you can find information leaflets along with a map.
  7. Continuing on you come to a large steel derelict structure, this was the peat processing plant, 1938-1963 passing this you now turn right onto the moss.
  8. The footpath goes behind the structure and bears left onto a wide track, Trail no 16, follow this and take the next wide track to your right, Trail no 15, follow this for about half a mile where you come to some steps which take you up onto the Canal towpath.
  9. Turn right walking the towpath the next property you will see on your right is TARALOKA, continue to bridge no 47. (Corn Hill Bridge). Here you can go up onto the bridge where there is access to a footpath across to the Railway station or the opposite side off the bridge which takes you to the lower end of the Village. Today we continue along the canal until we now come to bridge no 48. This is Bettisfield, again we continue along the canal to bridge no 49. Called Clapping Gate Bridge.
  10. We now leave the canal via the grand steps up onto Knowles Lane where we turn right, following the lane shortly you walk past a Bungalow on your right, “Cedar View” which has a lovely, tiered garden. Continuing on you will now see a grassed area on your right at the end of which there is a small spring which was the 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 is 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.
  11. 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.