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The New Heart of Wales Line Walking Trail

The Heart of Wales Line has long been popular with walkers. Not only does the service provide access to great walking country but also the opportunity to walk linear routes between rail stations.

Therefore, a study has been carried out to identify a unique, long distance walking route, weaving between the stations along the line!

Walkers on The Heart of Wales Line Trail

This "trail in the making" will start in the old railway town of Craven Arms. It will pass through a diverse range of landscapes from pastoral farming through to remote uplands, and from mixed broadleaved woodlands to the estuarial saltmarshes of the Loughor Valley en-route to the Millennium Coastal Park. The trail is designed to make use of existing public rights of way and to intersect with some excellent and established walks including the Shropshire Way, Offa’s Dyke Path and Beacons Way.

The trail will be suitable  for people looking for a long distance challenge, but equally for those who wish to walk the trail in sections, using the train to access day or weekend walks and using local shops, cafes, pubs and overnight accommodation along the way.


Shropshire Section of the Trail

The Shropshire section of the trail opened in Oct 2017 and a guide can be downloaded below, providing descriptions of the following walks:

  • Craven Arms Railway Station to Broome Railway Station (8.5km or 5.2 miles)
  • Broome Railway Station to Hopton Heath Railway Station (8km 5 miles)
  • Hopton Heath to Bucknell (9km or 5.5 miles)
  • Bucknell Railway Station to Knighton (14km or 8.6 miles)

Heart of Wales Trail

Download the complete Shropshire Section guide:

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Southern Sections of the Trail Now Open!

We are delighted to announce that southern sections of the Heart of Wales Line Trail are now open. Guides can be downloaded below, providing detailed descriptions of the walks:

  • Ammanford to Pontarddulais (14 km or 8.6 miles)
  • Pontarddulais to Llanelli (19.5 km or 12 miles)

Download the Ammanford to Pontarddulais guide:

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Download the Pontarddulais to Llanelli guide:

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Carmarthenshire Section of the Trail Opens 26th June!


The Heart of Wales Line Trail Llandovery

We are delighted to announce that the launch of the Carmarthenshire section of the walking trail will take place on 26th June at Llandovery Station.



Sights Along Other Part of the Heart of Wales Trail


Bridleway between Llangammarch Wells and Llanwrtyd Wells

This bridleway runs between the 2 mid Wales spas of Llangammarch Wells and Llanwrtyd Wells (the smallest town in Britain).

Along with Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells they brought visitors in their thousands during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.



Craven Arms Station

These happy ramblers leave the train at Craven Arms station, the most northern point of the trail.

This station also provides good main line connections to Hereford and Cardiff.



View from Garn Goch

This is the view from one of the 2 Iron Age forts on Garn Goch near the village of Bethlehem.

Heart of Wales Line stations lie 3 miles north at Llangadog and 4 miles south-west at Llandeilo.



What Are People Saying?

“We of the ‘Llandovery Walkers are Welcome Group’ are very happy to be part of this exciting and very worthwhile project, and to have been able to help with the planning of three legs of the route, i.e. Llangadog - Llandovery, Llandovery - Cynghordy, and Cynghordy - Llanwrtyd Wells.”

Llandovery Walkers are Welcome.

"The committee is very positive about the idea for a Heart of Wales Railway long-distance path and we  are only too happy to provide whatever support we can for the concept. We are also looking forward to the time when it becomes a reality."

Llanelli Ramblers

"I consider this to be an excellent project encouraging tourism into an area that will benefit hugely, making the most of assets that are already in place."

Shropshire Rights of Way Team

"You have our full support with this imaginative and positive project and we are happy to work in Partnership with you to deliver the trails in Shropshire."

Shropshire Council Rights of Way team.

"I wish to inform you that Pontarddulais Town Council is supportive of the proposed Heart of Wales Walking Trail. Please keep us informed of further developments."

Pontarddulais Town Council

"We would like to attract greater numbers to the line to enjoy the appeal of a rail based ramble and to experience the outdoor beauty of this part of Wales and Shropshire. The Heart of Wales Line, as one of the most scenic in Britain, presents the ideal opportunity to realise this concept. It will give a particular appeal to walkers – traversing the Heart of Wales and using the train regularly to access one, two or three day segments of the walk."

Paul Salveson, Arriva.

"I support the principle and welcome the intersection with Beacons Way." 

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority


Thanks for Your Help

Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent crowd funding campaign and contributed so generously.

We are still asking for help from individuals and organisation to finance and install good quality infrastructure for the trail and make sure that it is properly sign posted, maintained and promoted. Your contributions will help to pay for way markers, gates, foot bridges and finger posts; as well as contributing to longer term upkeep; maintaining good relations with neighbours; marketing the trail and and promotion of countryside awareness.

If you would like to sponsor the trail please send a cheque marked TRAIL and made out to The Heart of Wales Line Travellers’ Association. Send to:

The Heart of Wales Line Travellers’ Association,
PO BOX 778,
Swansea SA4 5BL.

Please include name and contact details.

Every donation will help to make sure that all kinds of people have access to and can enjoy the beauty of the countryside.





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