An ancient drovers route across the wild border

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Distance

15 miles

Terrain

Level ground, tracks, country roads and bridleways

Start from

Bishop's Castle

Nearest to

Bishop's Castle, Clun

The route

Stunning views across two countries

This ancient path is 15 miles (24 km) long, journeying from Cider House Farm, near the village of Kerry, to Bishops Castle . It holds a long tradition as a trade and drovers’ route from Wales to the lowland English markets.

The route follows a ridgetop overlooking Wales on the one side and England on the other. It never dips below 1000 ft (300 m)above sea level, resulting in remarkable views in all directions.

The ancient pathway forges a route through heather moors, woodlands and bilberry-rich heaths.

The Kerry Ridgeway is a mix of country road, trackway and bridleway across fields and is suitable for cycling and horse riding.

For more information please go to the Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons tourism.

 

The Kerry Ridgeway is one of the oldest routes in Wales and was used by drovers to drive livestock out of Wales into England.  As the name suggests it maintains high ground for its duration offering wonderful views over the surrounding border countryside as it links Powys with Shropshire. Idyllic on a fine day however no doubt it was far from pleasant in wind and rain. On a clear day it is possible to see up to 70 miles.

Last used by drovers some 150 years ago, today it is an excellent route for those who enjoy the great outdoors. I have wanted to walk it in its entirety for many years. At fifteen miles it is too long for most walkers to