Llandegley to Llandrindod

(Explorer 200)
This is an 11km (6.5 mile) linear walk. It is graded as MODERATE. There is a total climb of 250 metres (800 feet). The walk starts in the village of Llandegley which is 5km east of Crossgates on the A44 and can be reached by public transport from Llandrindod Railways Station. It finishes at the Llandrindod Lake where the facilities include parking, a restaurant and public toilets. As with all the walks around Llandrindod, the paths can be muddy and slippery in wet weather when stout shoes or boots are advisable. As the area is very much sheep country, dogs should only be taken if they are on leads and under close control.

This is a ridge and country walk which keeps mainly to the high ground giving excellent views on both sides for most of the way. The first 1.5km climbs 200m fairly steeply – although most of this climb can be avoided at the cost of missing some of the best views. Thereafter the walk is undulating but generally downhill until the final short climb to the Trig Point above Llandrindod.

The start of the walk at Llandegley can be reached by catching a bus from Llandrindod railway station) to Kington.

  1. Go through the church yard out of the gate at the back into the field, where a winding path brings you to a gate and a bridge. Keep ahead to the next gate in the left corner, and then go up the slope to a track which you follow uphill to a gate by a farm house. Once past the farm house, the track becomes grassy. 
  2. Turn half right onto another grassy track and head for the skyline. On reaching the skyline, turn left and climb steadily upwards with a fence on your right. At the top turn right over the stile and go on to the Trig Point. Leaving the Trig Point, go half left down a small valley which you follow with high ground on your left. When this track swings left, carry straight on and then descend to cross another stile. Now with no significant loss of height, keep ahead to the grassy skyline between two tumps. From here, descend over rough ground, and by aiming for the bend in the distant farm track you will come to a gate.
  3. Now go half left to the right of the nearest power line pole, over a culvert, and ahead to the farm track. Turn left on to the track and at the corner; go through a gate on the right. Bearing half left, cross the field to the field corner to rejoin the track as it swings round. Follow the track with a fence on the left until you go through a gate which leads on to open moorland. Follow the path swinging left to skirt a group of pine trees, and gently ascend before swinging right between two tumps. The track then bears left and there are splendid views over the valley on the right.
  4. Carrying on to a gate by a small copse, turn left on to the road. Follow the road and at the sharp bend left, go right through a series of gates on to a track. Keep ahead with a fence on the left for a long gently ascending stretch. After the next gate, descend with the fence now to the right. At the bottom enter a sunken track which may be wet in places, and continue with the fence still on the right. After more gates, the track starts to descend gradually by a cottage on the right with the fence now to the left.
  5. Where the track bends right, carry on ahead down a fairly steep footpath with a fence to the left. Cross a stile on the left just before a house, and keep turning right to go over two more stiles to get to the other side of the house. You can now either turn left and go steeply uphill on the shorter path to the road. Alternatively take the half left path towards a bungalow and then turn left up the road. Either way go up the road past the first stile and take the second one towards the Trig Point (355m) which gives panoramic views over Llandrindod Wells and the surrounding valleys.
  6. Continue in the same direction along the obvious path descending gently over three stiles. After the third, go half right to find another stile behind some gorse bushes. Go over this stile and through some more gorse bushes into the open. Take the half left path and at the end bear right into the woods. From here, any path down hill will lead to Llandrindod Lake.
Spa

THE PREMIER SPA IN WALES

The wells at Llandrindod had been resorted to as early 1696, when the Vaughans of Herefordshire stayed for three weeks to take the waters.
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Boom

A BOOM TOWN!

The Central Wales line from Knighton to Llandrindod Wells was opened in 1865 putting Llandrindod Wells in easy reach of the urban centres of the North West, the midlands and South Wales.
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Seasons

THE 'SEASON'

The 'season' lasted from May to mid September. Outside the pump rooms at the Rock Park and the Pump House Hotel the visitors queued each morning to take the waters, entertained by music from the orchestras.
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