WALKING

Walking is a very popular activity, with many possibilities for stunning walks from the doorstep of Drovers Retreat or slightly further away. 

Several official walking trails are only a short distance from Drovers Retreat. Offa's Dyke Path and Visitors Centre can be found at the nearby market town of Knighton (9 miles). Glyndwr’s Way also passes through Knighton. You can pick up both trails from other access points closer to Drovers Retreat.

The Heart of Wales railway, which runs between Shrewsbury and Swansea, has a station two miles from Drovers Retreat at Dolau, between Llanbister Road and Penybont. A Heart of Wales Trail is being developed to enable walkers to use the railway to stop off at various places to join local walks. Details of developments so far can be seen on the trail website here.

From the front door of Drovers Retreat there are superb walks - long or short depending on what you are looking for, including the picture above at Black Mixen in the Radnor Forest. We have started compiling a guide to a range of these local walks  - available at the property, where a well used local OS map can be borrowed. Carolyn can advise routes with boots not car. To plan ahead you should equip yourself with OS 'Explorer' no 200 which includes Drovers Retreat and also covers the Elan Valley reservoir area. For Knighton, Presteigne and Kington choose OS 'Explorer' 201. (Why is it that wherever we choose to stay we are on the map edge or fold!).

Drovers Retreat is part of the Walkers Welcome accreditation by Visit Wales.

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Track from Black Mixen towards Drovers Retreat

Track from Black Mixen towards Drovers Retreat