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Name:Gwaunceste Hill
Hill number:2184
Height:542m / 1778ft
RHB Section:31B: Welshpool to Hay-on-Wye
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Central Wales - Radnor Forest
County/UA:Powys (CoU)
Catchment:Wye
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,5,Dew,Cm)
Grid ref:SO 15822 55553
Summit feature:ground 1m E of trig point
Drop:163m
Col:379m  SO169582  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 148
(1:25k) 200E
Observations:ground to about 100m S is 0.5m lower
Survey:Abney level/Trimble GeoXH 6000
Comments:summit measurement is 542.0m; alternative col at SO166583
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 191 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From NW, P 150m back from Rhewey.Topographer5708/09/2019
Straightforward bag whilst returning from a conference in Llandrindod. Up from Rhewey (parking for 1 car by gates, just in front of farm entrance). Squall came in on top so no views.huwthomas19/07/2019
Parked at SO166543. Circular 14k walk bagging Little Hill, Gwaunceste Hill and Little Hill 2 (the sequel). Beautiful Easter Monday and saw nobody.Ramblingpaul22/04/2019
3/4 - started at 165534 - figure of 8 curcuit - weather fine all day - moderate breeze - not coldwychwood20/02/2019
I set off from Glascwm on a rather murky cool winters day. After doing a 5k race in Builth Wells I wanted a cool down walk in these little visited hill. My first objective was the higher Little Hill. A Red Kite was quartering overhead on its long wings. I then headed over to Gwaunceste Hill on route I met a large party heading the opposite way. As I reached the summit trig the cloud lifted to give views all be it limited. There was a few tiny patches of snow close to the summit. It was hard to see but Radnor Forest looked to have had a covering. I descended in sunshine to the other Little Hill. On the latter I put up 5 Red Grouse. I headed down to the minor road and climbed steeply to the unmarked summit of Glascwm Hill. From the summit I headed down to the village in the gathering twilight. Time taken 3 hours 15 minutes for 8.25 miles. Other wildlife a Buzzard, Coal Tits and Blue Tits.isabelle20/01/2019
From car park at Llynhellyn, via tumulus to w of summit on tracks. Small paths lead esily to the summit. Descended to E also on small unmapped paths to 172547 then ba kvia Cwm Keaty (with enthusiastic dog). Overcast and damp, ground soggy but not muddy. Not a great hill, but ok.Clive G31/12/2018
16.15 cloud and bit of a chill breeze S5648 on trig pillar.vegibagger30/12/2018
G MyIdris17/11/2018
First of four Dewey's from Hundred house on a twenty two mile walk taking between seven and eight hours. Route was Gwaunceste hill, Llanfihangel hill, Glascwm hill and Red hill. A long walk best for a dry day.WAYNE ROWLETT02/09/2018
From Pool pond, small car park. Hot, sunny, calm and good views.iangalbraith19/07/2018
From Rhewey, up the track, then onto the old track on the crest of the hill. It soon runs out, but sheep tracks convey you to a nice grassy oasis in the heather, and this joins another, newer ATV track. When the trig hoves into view, it's an easy walk across mown heather. I'm not sure why this SSSI has so much mown heather all over it. Seems to be an ineffective way to regenerate heather, given that the only stuff growing is bilberry. Oh well, time will tell.Gill22/04/2018
After a pleasant camp at Disserth, parked at Glascwm and ascended via Wern. Cloud lifted when we arrived at the top, so headed west to Giants Grave and over little hill to descend back to tarmac lane. Glascwm Church yard was full of native Welsh daffodils.mindlessflogger29/03/2018
With M, from Painscastle. Misty, wet later. Lost of snow from the earlier storms - some minor roads still blocked.douglas_easton09/03/2018
Short walk up from the road in sunshine, collecting Marylins. Nice enough hill, heather had been cut so easier walking.nickywood101/12/2017
2 of 5 Marilyns from KingtonSteveG24/03/2017
Straight forward there and back route along farm track through SSSI from SO 14738 57459. Due to SSSI status stayed on track all the way to summit rather than direct route across heather. Convenient place to park near field entrance opposite Rhewey Farm.SteveSmith22/11/2016
From car park at Pont Y Nantau, Gwaunceste Hill and Llanfihangel Hill.rhalstead05/11/2016
From Hundred House as described for Little Hill 7606.dicky17/09/2016
A lovely walk from the parking area by Llynheilyn (SO 16571 58187). Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/bradnor-hill-great-rhos-and-gwaunceste.htmlGayle28/06/2016
#597 Tactical bag from the A481 via Rhewey, probably a nice walk when it is not raining!tim74726/06/2016
From New Cwmceste farm. Good path to Cwm Kesty then E to hill top. Returned over Llanfihangel Hill. This is all Duff Gordon's (Gordon's Gin people) land with grouse shooting being re-introduced to the moorland. May be some future access issues.jonglew15/06/2016
From Rhewey farm. Parked at old gate access just before farm. Very good tracks to within 100m of top. Looped around anticlockwise and approached trig from S.W. A wild and windy day, somehow managed to avoid the heavy downpours all day. This whole area is criminally underrated. This probably the least impressive of 5 marilyns today. Farmhouse is derelict. Farmer seems to live in the static caravan.stig_nest27/03/2016
SOTAmike.hartley27/02/2016
With Val. From the A481. Lay-by about 100m SW of track to Rhiewey Farm Track past farm and track and good path to plateau. A bit of a plod across heather to summit. Sunny and clear with dusting of snow on the top. Good viewsmike.hoult15/02/2016
2/9 Second of Nine on another wet and windy day (Little Hill West Top/Gwaunceste Hill/Little Hill East Top/Glascwm Hill/Back Hill/Yr Alt/Yr Alt East Top/Bryngwyn Hill/Newchurch Hill)Fergalh20/12/2015
Surprisingly nice circular walk, parked at top of pass east of Glascwm, walked down through the village and up onto Little Hill (West one), then followed moors onto Gwaunceste Hill and across to Colva Hill, followed lanes to near Colva Church then went out and back to Yr Allt, then carried onto Black Hill, Glascwm Hill and up and back onto Little Hill (East one) back to car, nice and sunny day, didn't see anyone all day.DanTrig28/10/2015
From A481 near Rhewey farm up track and a little burnt heather to trig of Gwaunceste Hill then on to pass above Glascwm and up track and more burnt heather to Glascwm Hill. Return by same route on a perfect walking day.SS04/05/2015
Parked at side of farm track, just below Rhewey Farm (SO 015029 57264) Walked up track and through a couple of gates before following good tracks to within a hundred metres or so of the summit Through heather to trig point. (PM)gerrybowes26/01/2015
With GB. Parked close to Rhewey farm. A very good track takes you to the west of the hill before heading east to the summit.bolton26/01/2015
With Jenx and Iain Brown from road side parking near Rhewey Farm. Walk up lane, past noisy chained dogs, then track onto top. Easy lanes then a short heather hop to summit. Back down a variant route picking off small tops, followed by a steep descent to main road and cars.nordicstar14/12/2014
Aim for fence corner at SO 155 553 for path to summit.Lionel Bidwell10/06/2014
From parking on A481 by Llynheilyn at SO 16579 58200. Did a round over Llanfihangel and Glascwm Hills.Alan Moore14/11/2013
From parking place at Hill Castle SO 165534 for SOTA with Geoff Fielding.G4OBK (Phil)24/10/2013
Lovely walk up on bridleways from Llynheilyn where there is good parking. The last hundred meters or so is on feint paths through the heather. Trig looks fine.Father Ted22/09/2013
From Glascwm up NE path and down the other. Quaint little world in a very quiet atmosphere today.Eddie23/02/2011
with Geoff, Matt and DaveM0YDH11/12/2010
Good paths up from the lake just along from Forest Inn - and good views from the summit. Then messed up the route to Colva and ended up wading through head-high brackenwoodse22/07/2010
Parked on main road (13:35) and walked past Rhewey farm up track then path which led to shoulder. Difficult going to summit; best route probably from path junction at 155555 but didn't use. Fine weather; car 15:00 dbb19/06/2010
From near Hundred House drove along lane from W, parked at small quarry near Tyn y Coed. Pleasant walk from there in pastoral setting.Aye Jimmy18/05/2010
from glascwmgigglejon05/04/2010
Parked @ Llynheilyn on grey morning with a cool wind. Easy ascent mainly on tracks.Dugswell206/03/2010
Start~ 166534. Walked north following a maze of tracks before finding Gwaunceste Hill in thick mist. Followed more tracks to summit.steve hudson11/11/2009
Walked with SH. Cold wind but dry. Also did Glascwm and Red Hill.wombourne11/11/2009
From SSE. Fine hill. Track almost all of the way apart from heather for the last 500m or so - but there are tracks.destaylor09/03/2009
AlanGlenford31/12/2008
Cant Canolbarth 100Jim B28/05/2007
Walk in from the lake by the A481 (safe parking) then on paths and track almost directly to the trig pillar. Continued to Colva Hill Trig before return to car.Rhayader_wander01/01/2007
Just bagged it as darkness fell and had to make way back to Glascwm road by head torch.signyred28/11/2006
With: hb sb ab; Parked at top of Rhiw Fwnws on minor road to S. Walked past Little Hill along track then bridle track aun minor paths to trigpoint. Lots of bilberry about which slowed us down!Ian Baines07/08/2005
With RHWGeoff Briggs16/07/2005