Probably the most well known of the major walks in Mid-Wales, Offa's Dyke Path passes within 2 miles of Presteigne and through Norton and Knighton. Offa's Dyke is a massive 1200 year old earthwork boundary, which runs on or close to the modern border between Wales and England. This extraordinary ancient monument is a unique reminder of the so called "Dark Ages" and the beginning of modern Britain. Offa's Dyke is now a National Long Distance way marked walking trail (173 miles), running 'sea to sea' from Prestatyn in the north to Chepstow in the south. Despite all the fighting between the English and the Welsh, about 80 miles of the earthworks still survive and the best preserved parts are in this central area of the English/Welsh border. Knighton hosts the Offa's Dyke visitors centre, complete with museum, historical displays and the Knighton Tourist Information Centre
This is a National walking trail opened in 2001. It is named after Owain Glyndwr, a descendent of the royal Welsh princes. He led a rebellion against the English in the 15th century, to re-establish Welsh independence. The complete trail is 135 miles long and starts at Knighton in the Teme Valley. Crossing over to Machynlleth on the Welsh coast, before returning over the hills to Welshpool on the English border. It passes through some of the best scenery in Wales.
The Mortimer Trail is a way-marked 30 mile trail, between Kington (on the Welsh Border with Offa's Dyke) and the medieval town of Ludlow, passing close to both Presteigne and Knighton. The trail follows the high ground, with fantastic views to the Black mountains, Radnor hills and Malverns, dropping into various river valleys along the way. The trail takes its name from the notorious Mortimer family, who dominated the central marches for over 400 years. The family seat of power for much of this period was Wigmore castle. Their land extended from Normandy across southern England and into central Wales. They became one of the most powerful and feared families in the land. Wigmore castle is now a great place to visit & is now being conserved by English Heritage (free admission, 2007). Delightful villages, rich history and abundant wildlife flourish in this peaceful area.
The Shropshire Way meets Offa's Dyke, just above Knighton and runs above Kinsley Villa in Kinsley Woods. The main route is a narrow and wiggling loop 224km/140-mile loop from Shrewsbury taking in the Shrewsbury Canal, Shropshire Hills, Bishop's Castle, Clun, Craven Arms, Ludlow, the Clee Hills, Wenlock Edge, the World Heritage Site at Ironbridge, the Wrekin and Wem. Here a 19km/12-mile northern spur connects with Whitchurch and Grindley Brook on the Llangollen Canal.
The Elan Valley Way runs from Frankley, on the western fringe of Birmingham, to the Elan Valley in mid-Wales. It is loosely based around the course followed by the Elan Valley aqueduct, which Birmingham's water supply has passed along since 1904. Largely following footpaths and bridleways, and with many superb views, the 128.5 mile route passes through some delightful walking areas in the counties of Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powys.
Wild Edric's way is named after one of the borderland overlords. Edric the Wild was a Saxon nobleman who owned the manors of Clun and Stokesay. After the battle of Hastings, he joined up with the Welsh princes to capture Hereford and besiege Shrewsbury Castle. King William ordered Ralph de Mortimer (see Mortimer's Trail) to deal with Wild Edric, but no-one actually knows what happened to him. Wild Edric's Way uses substantial sections of the Shropshire Way to link Church Stretton and Ludlow (79km/49 miles), and provides an alternative route through the Shropshire Hills including the Long Mynd and Kerry Ridgeway.