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New Powys path links Abermule and Berriew with Newtown

A new mile-long (1.5km) walking and cycling route, linking two villages with a town, has opened in Powys.

The path between Berriew and Abermule connects the communities with nearby Newtown.

The section, which is near the Montgomery Canal, was built by British Waterways and cost £270,000.

There are plans to expand the traffic-free alternative to the main busy road and extend the route to Welshpool.

The Welsh government's Safe Routes in Communities programme provided £220,000 of the money for the project after Powys council made a successful bid for the funding, while £50,000 came from Visit Wales.

Barry Thomas, who is responsible for highways on Powys council, said: "I'm delighted that a high number of people are already walking or cycling along this route.

"This great facility offers all kinds of opportunities including make leisure trips or using the route to travel into Newtown for work or shopping."

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