From Llanfair, take the Newtown road, in a few hundred yards turn right for New Mills (not a DIY superstore but another weaving village) then immediately take the lane to your left.
It looks at first sight like a garden drive but it becomes a lane which leads past the cemetery and the gardens of Brynglas House and through the farmyard of Hengefn, ‘the old ridge’.
When the lane rejoins the metalled road, turn left past Groesfer farm and go through the second of the two gates on your right, then follow the hedge down to the gate at the far right corner of the field. Go through the gate and follow the hedge down to your right. You can see the line of the original track as a hollow way on the other side of the hedge but you cannot walk along it as it is fenced across where it runs into the field you are in.
Go through the gate at the bottom of the field and turn left down a muddy lane to Adwywynt. Follow the farm lane and pass to the right of Adwywynt. Go through the gate ahead of you to the right and down the right-hand side of the hedge, through another gate, round to the left of the sheds at the next farm and down to the lane, then right past Canaan Chapel (now a house) and over the bridge.
The nearby mill on the Afon Rhiw ground corn for all the neighbouring farms but fell into disuse early in this century. The old farmer at Groesfer recalled that he was nearby when part of the building collapsed in the 1920s. A footpath is marked across the front of the farmhouse and down to the ruined mill, but we did not like the idea of walking through someone’s garden unnecessarily. If you want to visit it, it should be accessible through the caravan park to the right of the road.
A bridle path is marked along the lane to the left, just before the bridge. It goes past Caer-ddôl and across a footbridge but is blocked by a double line of fencing just short of Ty-brith. We scrambled over the barbed wire and splashed through a small but boggy stream, but we could not recommend it. We have also looked at green lanes over the bridge past Caanan Chapel but the footpaths across the fields all seem to be blocked. But the metalled road to Llanllugan is quiet and pleasant enough to walk on.
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