Hendomen & Dolydd Hafren Cycle Route

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There are five cycle rides based on Montgomery that will provide you with beautiful views of the dramatic countryside of the Mid Wales Marches. The lanes are free of heavy traffic and therefore if you need to push up any hill it is easy to do so. Cycle Parking is available in Broad Street in the town centre. This route has the option to extend the ride to include the Dolydd Hafren Nature Reserve.

1. Starting from the square in front of the Town Hall take Kerry Street that goes off to the left of the Town Hall. Follow the road as it goes round to the right and up a hill to give a spectacular view over Montgomery – you may have to walk this section, but it is worth it!

Montgomery Castle:a masonry castle standing on a rocky promontory above the town of Montgomery, precipitous slopes to the north and east make this an excellent defensive site. The castle was built by Henry III to counter the growing power of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd in this area of the Marches. It was probably originally built in timber in 1223 and then almost immediately rebuilt in stone and completed by 1234.

2. (1.4 miles): Drop down two hills and pass a brown brick water pumping station on your right. Just before dropping down the next hill turn right into a small lane at 2 on the map.

3. (2.5 miles): At the end of the lane go straight over at a staggered junction into a lane signposted Hendomen. Take care as visibility to the left is restricted and traffic can be fast. Carry on to the “hamlet centre” with a telephone box on left.

4. (2.8 miles): Just on from the telephone box take a very smalllane on the right which slopes steeply down to the side of a house. Carry on pass farms and a small sewerage plant.

5. (3.4 miles): Carefully cross the junction onto New Road. Good view of castle across to the right.

6. (3.7 miles): At lane end turn right. Take care, as visibility to the left is restricted. Carry on up hill into Montgomery.

7. (4.0 miles): At junction in front of old Sunday school, cross Pool Road and go straight on up Arthur Street to Montgomery Town Hall.


At (4) turn left down the small lane at the side of the telephone box. Drop down the lane to a level crossing. Only cross when the lights are green and ensure all the gates are left closed.

8. 3.3 miles
At the lane end turn right onto a wider road opposite Rhydwhyman ford. Follow road towards a white farmhouse on a ridge.

Rhydwhyman Ford: Rhydwhyman (meaning “swift ford”) has existed since the 13th Century and was an important river crossing up until the 19th Century.

9. 4.1 miles: At the large white farmhouse turn left (do not follow the road as it turns sharply to the right) and go straight on down a lane which deteriorates slightly as it drops down the ridge. Follow lane for about 2/3 mile to the nature reserve car park and display board.

Dolydd Hafren Nature Reserve:This reserve is situated by the river Severn and the marshes attract a whole host of different birds. There are two hides and the farthest one from the car park has a lovely view of the river. The ‘sightings’ log in there is fascinating and gives you a challenge to match the number of varieties seen.

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  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Cash Point
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Postbox
  • Public toilets


  • Length of route (miles) - 4

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the southern end of the Welshpool by-pass, take the A490 and right onto the B4388.

Accessible by Public Transport: Welshpool station is 9 miles away.

Hendomen & Dolydd Hafren Cycle Route

Type:Cycle Route

Trefaldwyn | Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6HN

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Town Hall, MontgomeryTrefaldwyn | Montgomery, MontgomeryMontgomery, known in Welsh as Trefaldwyn, is a little town with a big history! It's seen everything from the Iron Age to the Romans, Saxons, Normans and even the English Civil War! This Georgian gem is tucked away from the hustle and bustle.

Montgomery Town HallMontgomery Cycle Trail | Llandyssil and Abermule, MontgomeryThere are five Montgomery Cycle Trails based in and around Montgomery that will provide you with beautiful views of the dramatic countryside of the Mid Wales Marches. Cycle Parking is available in Broad Street in the town centre.

Montgomery Trails | Irresistible Offa Walking Route, MontgomeryThis scenic circular walk takes you through the farming fields of Montgomery east, from the remnants of ridge and furrow farming from the middle ages to Boardyhall Wood past Lymore Lodge and current farm buildings.

Montgomery ChurchMontgomery | Town Heritage Trail, Montgomery2.17miles (3.5km) takes about 1.5hours and is a moderate walk with a moderate grade - Download the PDF

Montgomery Trails | Cross Offa Walk, MontgomeryThis walk straddles the border between Wales and England and provides wonderful views of Welsh hills all around, with almost no climbing necessary on the walk 9 miles (14.5km) Moderate - 4-5hours Download PDF

Offas Dyke Circular, MontgomeryEnjoy a ramble through lovely parkland followed by tranquil farmland paths and a section adjacent to Offas Dyke 4 miles (6.5km) Easy Walk about 2 hours Download PDF

Montgomery Trails | Rolling Marches Walk, MontgomeryThe ranges of hills west of Montgomery can be fully appreciated from this fairly strenuous walk over the rolling Marches landscape. 5miles (8km) moderate grade. 2.5hours

Montgomery Trails | Beneath the Fridd, MontgomeryStep out of Montgomery onto field paths giving delightful views and a flavour of the Montgomeryshire countryside. 3 miles (5 km) moderate grade - 1-1.5hours

Llandyssil - Abermule (Cycle Route), MontgomeryFollowing quiet, country roads, this is a relatively easy cycle ride once you’ve climbed the short, sharp hill out of Montgomery. 11.5Miles (18.5km) 1.5hours Elevation Total Ascent: 335m

Churchstoke and Priest Weston (Cycle Route), MontgomeryA lovely cycle ride requiring 2 miles on main road at the beginning, after which you will be on beautiful, country lanes. 19.3 Miles ( 31KM) 2-2.5hours - Elevation Ascent: 427m

Abermule and Bettws Cedewain (Cycle Route), MontgomeryA moderate cycle ride on peaceful, rural lanes with two steep hills to reach both Montgomery and Dolforwyn Castles. 17.5Miles (28.2km) 2-2.5hrs - Elevation Total Ascent: 488m

Welshpool and Berriew (Cycle Route), MontgomeryA picturesque cycle ride which follows part of Route 81 on country lanes between Leighton and Berriew. 23.7 Miles (38.1km) 3 hours - Elevation Total Ascent: 549M

Montgomery Market held in town square every ThursdayMontgomery Charter Market, MontgomeryHeld every Thursday on Broad Street and in the Town Hall.

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