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The Breiddens: Moel Y Golfa

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The Breiddens: Moel Y Golfa
Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 22 Jul 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Powys, Trewern
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Breiddens: Moel Y Golfa
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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This is a 2.5 mile walk around the ridge of Moel Y Golfa, a hill in the Breiddens range near to Trewern, Powys. The hill will be a familiar sight to anyone who has driven along the A458 between Welshpool and Shrewsbury, as it dominates the nearby landscape. An especially good view of the hill can be seen on the approach from Welshpool, just before the railway bridge. The walk commences part of the way up the hill in a layby and follows footpaths across the ridge before heading down through quiet woodland, passing a disused quarry and then returning to the start. The views are spectacular, however, and you can see for quite a distance as the hill is over 400m (1,300ft) high.

This walk has some quite steep sections and in a couple of places you will be required to scramble up a short rock face. The path itself is generally clear, though fingerposts are few and far between. There are no facilities on route but the village of Trewern is nearby.

Trewern is located on the A458 between Shrewsbury and Welshpool.The walk commences in the layby on Shepherds Lane.

By Car: Head along the A458. Turn onto Garreg Bank and head uphill, following the sign for Moel y Golfa. After 1/2 a mile, turn right onto Shepherds Lane and continue uphill. After 1/3 of a mile, you will find the layby on your right. Nearest postcode: SY21 8ET

By Bus: The X75 travels between Shrewsbury and Rhayader every few hours. See celtic-travel.co.uk. Stop ID powjdap/powjdat

By Train: The nearest train station is Welshpool, just over 5 miles away.

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Walk Sections

Start to Monument
Start to Monument

Start point: 52.7017 lat, -3.0609 long
End point: 52.7055 lat, -3.0511 long

The walk commences in the layby on Shepherds Lane. The path heads uphill at the rear of the layby. There were several fallen trees when last I walked here, which required some clambering. Continue uphill for 1/4 mile, passing the grove of beech trees on your left. The path eventually splits. Head left here and keep an eye out for the large white arrow on the tree that has two trunks.

Follow the arrow left and uphill through the open broadleaf woodland. After a short time, the view will open out with a rock escarpment. You may wish to pause here for photos (and to catch your breath). Continue along for a short way and you will be faced with the first of two rocky scrambles. After climbing the second, continue uphill towards the pine trees.

After a short distance, you will see the monument ahead of you, with Rodney's Pillar atop Breidden Hill in the background. The monument was erected in memory of Ernest Burton, a Romany Chell (king). A later inscription was added in memory of his son, Uriah Burton.

Monument to Quarry
Monument to Quarry

Start point: 52.7055 lat, -3.0511 long
End point: 52.6999 lat, -3.0547 long

Your path continues on the far side of the monument. Head down towards and into the trees. This section heads downhill for the most part. Continue along until you reach the signpost by the fence with Middletown Hill in the distance ahead of you. Turn right here and follow the fence line, heading under the large oak tree.

Bear right after the oak tree before turning left and following a much longer path down across the hill. There is a fingerpost at the end of the path, where the fields meet. Turn sharply right here and follow the footpath, keeping the fields on your left. Continue along for 3/4 of a mile, past the caravan park, going through two gates.

Go past the white house on your right, and eventually you will arrive at an access road on your left. The path is straight ahead, through the gate. Continue slightly uphill and you will arrive, rather suddenly, at the quarry. Birds of prey have been known to nest here due to the inaccessible quarry walls.

Quarry to End
Quarry to End

Start point: 52.6999 lat, -3.0547 long
End point: 52.7018 lat, -3.0609 long

Your path continues near to the entrance to the quarry, through the trees on the left. Follow the path along and you will eventually arrive at the point at which you previously turned left, early on in the walk. Head gently back down towards the grove of beech trees, this time keeping them on your right, and follow the path back downhill to the layby. Your walk terminates here.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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