Explore autumn at Powis

Walking trail

As the cooler air arrives, see the garden come alive in a dazzling array of reds, yellows, burnt oranges and golds. Explore the Terraces’ borders brimming with Salvias, Sedums, Asters and Aconites, enjoy the crisp sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet in the Wilderness, and take in the sweet aroma of ripe fruit coming from carefully trained apple trees in the Formal Garden. There’s plenty to discover at Powis this autumn.

A map of the route of Powis Castle'sautumn walk, Powys, Wales

Map

Start:

Powis Castle Garden Kiosk

1

Collect your entrance ticket from the Ticket Office and enter the garden. Follow the path and take a left turn onto the Top Terrace. Pause to admire the bright red berries of the Cotoneaster on your right before continuing along the path which affords great aerial views across the garden, Severn Valley and Breidden Hills.

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A few of the Tropical Border blooming in autumn with Powis Castle in the background.

2

At the end of the terrace, take the set of steps on your right down to the Aviary Terrace. On your right, take a moment to admire the 18th Century statues of dancing shepherds adorning the balustrade before taking the next flight of steps down to the Orangery Terrace. At the bottom of the steps, pass across the front of the Orangery and continue between the parallel borders ahead of you.

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A pampus grass in the autumn border at Powis Castle, Powys, Wales

3

Continue through the gap in the box hedge at the end of the border and take the first path on your left, opposite the peacock statue. As you do so, note the Sumac trees (Rhus typhina) on your left which have leaves that transform into a brilliant show of reds, oranges and yellows at this time of year.

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Four acers in bright reds and yellows at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales

4

At the end of the terrace, descend the flight of steps on your right and at the bottom turn left into the Formal Garden. Follow the path straight ahead and at the end turn right to continue past our holiday cottage, The Bothy, which was once home to many of Powis’ Edwardian gardeners. Built in 1908, this black and white half-timbered house was designed to reflect the rustic cottage garden theme that was popular at the time. Continue straight on and take the next path on your right. As you do so take a moment to notice the different vines climbing up the arch which glow with autumn colour.

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The grape vine, a vibrant red, in the formal garden below Powis Castle, Powys, Wales

5

At the end of the path, you’ll see the Garden Coffee Shop ahead of you, perfect if you want to warm up with a hot drink and slice of cake before continuing into the Wilderness, Powis’ formal woodland. Keep the Garden Coffee shop on your left and continue along the path for just a few meters before taking the flight of steps up towards the Great Lawn. At the top take the first path on your left and continue into the woodland via the set of shallow steps. As you continue to the view point, notice the cherry tree with its beautiful autumn foliage on your right.

6

Take a moment to enjoy the iconic view of the castle across the Great Lawn which is made even more spectacular by the dazzling show of autumn colour on the slope below the Lower Terrace. Afterwards, walk across the grassy area behind you and past the giant stone vase before turning right. Continue through the woodland on this path, following the perimeter of the garden.

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An autumnal view of the terraces below Powis Castle, Powys, Wales

7

Continue to follow the path around the perimeter of the garden, taking the left path at any points where the path forks. As you walk, stop to take in the spectacular autumn views across the Severn valley towards Corndon Hill with the Long Mynd behind.

8

As you reach the corner of the garden follow the path round to the right. Notice the bright autumn foliage of the various birch trees with their white stems and further along the path, the unusual trunk of the Snakebark maple. Before taking a left at the fork, notice the Coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) stretching up seemingly to the heavens.

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A view looking up through the branches of a Redwood at Powis Castle, Powys, Wales

9

As you approach the Ice House, take a moment to look up high and see the burnt orange foliage of the Southern Beech (Nothofagus alpina) tree. Make your way around the pond whilst enjoying the reflections of autumn on the water’s surface and on the far side by the fence, look out for the Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans' with foliage that transforms into deep bronze. Continue round the pond and up the slight incline until you see the large gate on your left. Here the path splits and the steepest will take past the vibrant yellow Ginko tree with its unusual shaped leaves.

End:

Continue back to the Garden Kiosk which you'll see on your left.

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Explore autumn at Powis

Terrain

Some steep steps and gradients.

Explore autumn at Powis

How to get here

Address
Powis Castle, Red Lane, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8RF
By train

Alight at Welshpool, 1¼ miles on footpath from Broad Street through Powis Estate.

By road

Signed from main road to Newtown (A483); enter by first drive gate on right. Parking: free

By foot

1-mile walk from Park Lane, off Broad Street in Welshpool. Access from High Street (A490)

By bus

Services from Oswestry to Welshpool and Shrewsbury to Llanidloes. On both alight High Street, and take footpath for 1-mile from Broad Street through the Powis Estate.

Explore autumn at Powis

Facilities and access

  • Restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Castle (last entry 3pm)
  • Car park