Easy Access Walks
The Wye Valley Walk is not difficult or challenging for much of its length, and there are many sections that can be enjoyed by people who are less mobile. The Wye Valley Walk Partnership, who manage the route, is working to reduce the number of stiles on the walk.
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.
Many of these are short strolls with access to facilities such as refreshments and seating areas. None have steep hills or stiles to climb, so are suitable for a range of people. All of the walks have been selected as they offer a taste of the Wye Valley Walk in interesting, easy to reach places with a pleasant riverside aspect.
Over 51 miles (81.6km) of the route within Powys are currently stile free. These are some of the longer stretches of the walk that are worth trying:
Hay on Wye SO 223 424 to Llowes village SO 196 417
3.2miles (5.2km) Pavements, riverbank paths, field edge paths, road verge into Llowes. Fairly flat but uneven path surfaces, a few steps.
Official Route Guide map points 47 to 49 and into Llowes on road verge.
Glasbury SO 179 393 via Boughrood to Llanstephan Bridge SO 113 417 7.6 miles (12.19km) Farm tracks, field paths, road, a few steps.
Official Route Guide map points 50 to 54
Erwood Bridge SO 089 438 to just through Builth Wells at Penddol Rocks SO 030 523
8.75 miles (14km) Road, open hill, stoney green lane, park, riverside paths. More undulating section of walk from Erwood Bridge to Builth Wells.
Official Route Guide map points 56 (from Erwood Bridge) to 62
SO 003 602 via Llanwrthwl, Rhayader and Gilfach to Dernol Valley (and to Llangurig if follow road route SN 908 796)
20 miles (32km) Green lanes, road, stoney track, exciting suspension bridge, nature reserve. Undulating route with many different surfaces.
Official Route Guide map points 69 to 78 and along road to Llangurig Pont 82
Around Llangurig Nant y Clochfaen SN 902 782 to SN 889 794
2.68 miles (4.3km) Open field, track and road, quite hilly.
Official Route Guide map points 81 to 83
Nanty SN 860 814 (woodland path, not riverside route) to Rhyd –y-benwch SN 857 869
9 miles (14.5 km) Open fields, forestry tracks, farm tracks, forestry trails. Undulating section. Official Route Guide map points 86 to the end!