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Disabled Access, Wheelchair walks, Easy Access, Access for All, Mobility, Walks on Wheels, Miles without Stiles - whatever the term the following is all about accessibility to the countryside and green spaces of Powys

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

A Guide to Countryside Trails and Sites - from Powys County Council and Disabled Holiday Information

Ann Griffiths Walk A stone-surfaced path, suitable for wheelchairs, runs for several hundred metres downstream from Pont Llogel Car Park, alongside the turbulent waters of the Vyrnwy.

Brecon Beacons Easier Access a number of easier access routes, strolls and walks in and around the Brecon Beacons - also see map - Archive PDF download

Brinore Tramroad (Talybont-on-Usk) - This 12km tramroad once linked the limestone quarries near Tredegar to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal at Talybont-on-Usk. The route also shares part of its route with the Henry Vaughan Walk and the Taff Trail.

Builth Wells town and riverside Main walk 2.4km (1-1.5 hrs) Extended walk 4.4km (1.5-2.5 hrs) - The main part of the route is along tarmac paths - taken from www.wyevalleywalk.org/content.php?nID=28

Bullpit Meadow (Crickhowell) - Seats and picnic benches can be found along the path. The tarmac path runs alongside the River Usk for 370 metres. The path continues past the footbridge for another 500 metres, but is uneven, not very wide and it can be muddy - see also Archive PDF download

Cors y Llyn - From the car park, a fully accessible linear route on grass mesh and boardwalk runs for 500 metres, through gates, fields, and parts of the mire – finishing at some seating.

Elan Valley Trail - The trail is the old Birmingham Corporation railway which was used to carry stone used to build the dams

Glasbury Village and Riverside - Distance and time 1 km (30-40 minutes) There are easy strolls, stile free along the Wye Valley Walk on either side of Glasbury (on the west side of the river) - taken from www.wyevalleywalk.org/content.php?nID=28

Hafod and Llangattock Hillside - Perched above the Usk Valley overlooking Crickhowell and Gilwern, the 'Hafod' road and Llangattock Hillside offer a mix of walks along a level, minor road and the chance to explore the limestone quarries along gently sloping quarry tracks.

Hafren Forest (Llanidloes) - All ability Cascades Walk. - see also download walks PDF

Hay on Wye Town and Riverside - 2km (including town centre), 1-1.5hrs - This is a circular walk, leading from the town centre down to, and along, the riverside. This involves a moderately steep tarmac ramp (1:8 average) up into Bridge Street and a road crossing at a busy junction, with narrow pavements.- taken from www.wyevalleywalk.org/content.php?nID=28

Hay-on-Wye Riverside Walk and the Warren - This is a level walk, with up to four different start points. The surface of the old railway line route itself is mainly compacted earth and stone dust. There are two wide kissing gates along the route and a third gate at Gypsy Castle Lane car park which can also be fully-opened using a RADAR key to allow a mobility scooter through

Lake Vyrnwy - Five trails: Rhiwagor Trail (2 miles, 3.2 km) with some parts suitable for wheelchair/pushchair. Llechwedd-du Walk (5.5 miles, 9.1 km, if walked as a circular route). Ty Uchaf Walk (5 miles, 7.8 km, if walked as a circular route). Craig Garth Bwlch Trail (3 miles, 4.8 km). Grwn Oer Trail (1-2 miles, 3.2 km).Three hides - one accessible by wheelchair - see Archive PDF download

Llangasty Birdhide (Bwlch) - The route from the car park at Llangasty Church passes through 3 narrow kissing gates. This is a level and gentle 700 metre walk across meadows, a small bit of woodland and short sections of boardwalk over the wettest areas.

Llangattock Beechwood - There is a wide gate at the entrance to the site leading to a stone-dust surfaced path that has picnic tables and benches. The recommended route is anti-clockwise for wheelchair users due to a gentle 300 metre slope.

Llangorse Lake & Common - There are tarmac and hard surfaced paths leading over the common and to the edge of the lake.

Llangurig: Village, Hill and Riverside - Two linear walks – Village and Hillside walk 2.6km (1-1.5hours); Riverside walk 3km (1-1.5 hours). There are two linear easy access walks on tarmac surfaces - taken from www.wyevalleywalk.org/content.php?nID=28

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal - A fantastic short route (500metres) starts at Theatr Brycheiniog and passes interpretation boards, community art projects and a picnic area with a reconstruction of a horse-drawn Hay Railway tram on a short length track.

Mynydd Illtud Common (Libanus) - There are plenty of options for easy walks on the common, with views of the surrounding mountains and lots of wildlife to spot.

Powder Trail (Pontneddfechan) - A 400 metre accessible walk, with a softer surface, is possible upstream. The route is level with a stone-dust surface.

Powysland Museum - (Charges) A toilet and lift are available for the use of disabled visitors. There is access to all display areas.

Rhayader: Town and Riverside - Walk One – Groe Park and Riverside Approx 500m (20 mins) Walk Two – Waun Capel Park, Riverside and Town Centre Approx 2.3km; allow at least 1 hr, excluding stops see also Archive PDF download and Archive PDF download

Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells - Victorian public park providing the setting for the Pump Room and spa facilities. (ACE note - we have been unable to find any accessibility info for this site please contact us with any access info.)

Sychryd All Ability Trail / Dinas Rock (Pontneddfechan) - This 400 metre long, level route winds its way through the narrow wooded gorge carved by the Afon Sychryd at Pontneddfechan.

Talybont Reservoir and Forest - Set in the central Brecon Beacons, this is a popular place to visit with a road crossing the 380 metre long dam to forestry walks on the far side.

Town Walk - The Groe (Builth Wells) - Easy walk around surfaced path. Suitable for walkers, dogs, good pushchairs, wheelchairs - 1.5 miles - see also Map download and Archive PDF download

The Promenade (Brecon) - A tarmac path, complete with benches, runs downstream for several hundred metres from the Promenade car park towards Brecon and passes the weir, where the path slopes up and then down.

Tretower Court and Castle - (Cadw, Charges - Disabled free) "Disabled access" sorry this is all that Cadw have put on the website!

Usk Reservoir (Trecastle) - The surface is a mix of compacted-stone forestry tracks and tarmac roads. There are lots of opportunities for shorter strolls, both on tarmac and on the tracks.

Wye Valley Easy Access Walks - We have selected 24 Easy Access walks and sites, both on the Wye Valley Walk and close to it. Click on Easy Access Walks pdfs on right for detailed descriptions of each walk.

Powys all ability cycling"hire specialist and alternative bikes from hubs in prominent locations "

Country Parks

Nature Reserves

Llyn Coed y Dinas (Welshpool) - The reserve is open year round, 24 hours a day and there is no charge for entry. The site is fully accessible to wheelchair users, including the spacious bird hide.

Gilfach Nature Reserve (Rhayader) - near the Old Farmyard is a short easy access trail with a picnic bench overlooking the valley - visitor centre, toilets

Pwll yr Wrach Nature Reserve (Talgarth) - An easy access trail with hard surface gently winds its way 550 yards/500 metres down into the heart of the woodland valley and River Enig.

Rhayader Tunnel Nature Reserve - has an easy access tarmac cycle path. The reserve's Otter hide is accessible by wheelchair (via a ramp), which is surrounded by a beautiful calm stream. The nearby Elan Valley trails and Gigrin Red Kite feeding centre are fully wheelchair-accessible.

Lake Vyrnwy Reserve (RSPB) - Shop, 3D centre and feeding station (Coed y Capel hide) are readily accessible.

Other Useful Links

Disability Sport - Powys - In Powys we have helped develop community clubs in each area which cater for all ages and many sports.

Credu (Formerly Powys Carers Service) - On this website we will try and provide you with all of the information you need to know if you find yourself caring for a family member or friend.

Mid Wales Meteors are an inclusive basketball club based in Welshpool. Train every Saturday. Running 2-3pm, wheelchair 3-4pm. All ages and abilities welcome twitter @midwalesmeteors