Kerry Ridgeway Walk and Cycle Route

The Kerry Ridgeway Walk and Cycle Route is a 15 mile walk from the Cider House south of Kerry, Newtown, Powys to Bishop’s Castle. It is great for walking or cycling and is considered one of the most dramatic Drovers Routes in the country with views that on a clear day can see up to seventy miles. The Ridgeway does not drop below a 1000 feet and takes you through heather moors, woodlands and bilberry rich heaths with stunning views of the Welsh mountains and Shropshire Hills.

Drover’s roads were used to get livestock to markets and they date back to Neolithic stone axe traders. The earliest routes are found on natural ridges which had clear views and connect one area of lowland with another. The Kerry Ridgeway is one of those that has been in use since 4000 B.C. It is older than the Iron Age and Bronze Age Earthworks along its length.

The Six Bells Pub lies at the end of Kerry Lane in Bishop’s Castle, a place to enjoy a well earned pint. Originally a farm house built in 1670 it became a hostelry in the 1750 offering the increasing numbers of drovers arriving in Bishop’s Castle paddocks for their livestock and accommodation over night.

There is parking just north of Cider House Farm and plenty of parking if you are starting from Bishop’s Castle.

You can find a link to a PDF with a more detailed description of the route here.

The route of the Kerry Ridgeway is illustrated in the map shown below.

Map of the Kerry Ridgeway

Map of the Kerry Ridgeway

Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle

Mitchell’s Fold is a Bronze Age stone circle that sits on high moorland 330m (1083 ft) above sea level at the south-west end of Stapely Hill.

It is thought that there were originally 30 stone pillars although now only 15 remain and these range in size from 0.25 m to 1.91 m. Although it is called a stone circle, the stones are in fact arranged in an ellipse 27 m NW-SE by 25 m.

The true history of Mitchell’s Fold – sometimes also called Medgel’s Fold or Madges Pinfold – is unknown, although the name of the circle may derive from ‘micel’ or ‘mycel’, Old English for ‘big’, referring to the size of this large circle.

Whether by design or coincidence the tallest of the remaining stones lies at the south-east end of the major axis close to the line of the southern moonrise.

The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (number 107448) in the guardianship of English Heritage.

There is an interesting legend concerning Mitchell’s Fold described in this BBC Archive article – although the truth is that the stones were placed on Stapely Hill by Bronze Age man about 4,000 years ago.

You can drive the 16 miles to Mitchell’s Fold in about 30 minutes and both entry and on-site parking are free. It is well worth the visit to experience the scale of these stone circles and enjoy the panoramic views.

Mitchell's Fold Picture

Mitchell’s Fold Picture

Here at Folly View we want you to enjoy all that Shropshire can offer and so we’ve chosen to decorate the walls of Folly View with maps and pictures that highlight local attractions – including the dramatic photograph of Mitchell’s Fold shown above.