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Name:Gwastedyn Hill
Hill number:2189
Height:477m / 1565ft
RHB Section:31B: Welshpool to Hay-on-Wye
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Central Wales - Elan Valley
County/UA:Powys (CoU)
Catchment:Wye
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m)
(Ma,Hu,Tu,4)
Grid ref:SN 98683 66150
Summit feature:cairn
Drop:242m
Col:235m  SN993686  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 136 147
(1:25k) 200W
Observations:higher than hill 2190 at SN 98203 66310 by 1.4m
Survey:Leica Runner 20
Surveying Gwastedyn Hill and Rhiw Gwraidd Final.doc
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 152 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From road to south. Hard steep slog up and back. New bracken not an obstacle yet but old dead bracken added to the effort.ijpowell25/05/2018
Break in journey home.Dusty12/05/2018
Marilyn #500 on first day of three in Wales with Smithy & Shaky & last of hot, sunny April spell. Quick evening ascent from small layby on A470 2km SE of Rhayader. RoW not signposted but there is a strip of yellow tape on the gate... Lack of signage generally & other two got sidetracked by a nice circular signposted walk in adjacent field that someone has obviously gone to a lot of trouble with: good views over town from various benches but not where we wanted to go, so back to RoW which we followed to edge of open access land & then over short tufty grass to the summit. No bracken to contend with in April. Good viewpoint. Back by same route for Saturday evening's entertainment in Rhayader! Recommended!NotReallyABagger21/04/2018
From SW, parked on verge before the bend below Pen-y-ffynnon. Up the bridleway, through the field, and onwards on the good track below the hill. Just before the metal gate, and fence, a sheep trod goes up left easily through the dead bracken towards a grassy area, then you can head up right on another trod to get to the top. The bracken is a right pain, so it's a great relief to find a good ATV track to wing you back along the ridge and down to a gate, then down through nice woodland to rejoin the bridleway. A bit longer, but more pleasant. The route through the bracken would be desperate in the summer.Gill13/01/2018
From small parking spot on A470 South of Rhayader and via good path to ridge, we went direct to west top and then to main top. There is gorse and bracken to negotiate but in the main this can be bypassed using animal tracks. With TJB. Enjoyable hill.trimarc217/08/2017
From corner in minor road to the SE. Rather steep and hard going, even on dead bracken. Approaching from the north would have been longer but probably easier.Topographer5707/04/2017
Parked on layby where ROW meets road to NW- space for two cars. Followed ROW until SE of summit, then up through woodland then rough hillside path via gates to summit.Cas-gwent17/03/2017
Parked up in Bryngwy side street just S of Rhayader, walked S along river bank and then crossed A470 and up good path through sheepy fields to top with cairn and then across field to Marilyn summit. Came down through kite feeding centre and relaxed with coffee in the chocolate shop in the town. Lovely hill.Father Ted07/03/2017
From layby south of Rhayader up very pleasnt path then over fields and through bit of short gorse to summit. Came back by west top with its cairn and elevated brazier.SS12/11/2016
Parked at bend in minor road 991657, room for one car on verge. Followed bridleway to NE of summit then along fence line and up through gorse avoiding all bracken. Returned via beacon and bridleway via Bwlch y Llys.Lionel Bidwell22/08/2016
Parking restricted at entrance to bridleway so we parked roadside further back down road at SN 9916 6554. Nice summit from where we operated for SOTA.G4OBK (Phil)08/04/2016
2/9 Second of misty and windy day (Moel Hywell/Gwastedy Hill/Gwastedy Hill West Top/Rihw Gwroidd/RihwGwraidd West Top/Guilwern Hill/Gilwern Hill West Top/Beddugre Hill/Ysgwd0FFordd)Fergalh21/02/2016
From Nant Glas. Looked at parking up the farm road to Pen y Ffynnon but decided to go from the main road rather than risk get stuck on a soft muddy verge. Picked up the path to bwlch y glas and then followed paths through the dead bracken.The slightly lower northern top looks to have a better cairn but the main top is certainly higher. Was very windy and didnt hang about long. Direct steep decent though more bracken.stig_nest16/02/2016
With Trefor. From Llanwrthwl. Footpaths and forestry tracks. West summit with beacon and very well made cairn first then on to main summit. Sunny, clear with great views. Descent to sewage works and riverside path to Rhayader then on to Carn Gafalt.mike.hoult30/07/2015
Parked on bend in minor road (9907865787) bridal way to access land and then did my Moses bit, parted the sea of shoulder high bracken on the direct line to the summit.tim74704/07/2015
Parked at Farm at 995631. Walked east along road to stile at the start of the right of way (fixed rope in position). Followed this SW to the edge of a forest which blocks the ROW so ascended to its top edge and jumped over a fence (barbed wire already cut). Continued through gates on the ridge line to rejoin the ROW at a finger post. Continued to the Jubilee cairn and beacon. After enjoying the views went SE over a gate and followed the fence to the corner of the field where a low fence can be stepped over, and hence on to the true summit. Returned the same way.mindlessflogger20/05/2015
With: hb; Walked up from main road out of Rhayader via the cairn first. Glorious day.Ian Baines08/03/2015
Started from SN980672 then up ROW.Rob Pen y Garn02/02/2015
With Rob.Lynfa Penygarn02/02/2015
Parked by the gateway on the bend of the minor road to the SE (SN991658) NW up waymarked path & then NE along a bridleway After passing a large house down to the right, headed WSW to the summit. (PM,CM)gerrybowes27/10/2014
Tight parking at 991658 before taking the track NW and then NE. Walked over to Jubilee cairn for great views of Rhayader with GB and CM. Plenty of red kites in the air!bolton27/10/2014
With PM & GBCJM27/10/2014
KeithByTheC24/05/2014
As entry for West Top, but barbed wire fences and rough scrub made the short jaunt over unpleasant. Not sure which was supposed to be open access and which wasn't.dicky31/08/2013
Weekend camping in Rhayader, arrived early enough to climb Gwastedyn and WT before finding a local hostelry for refreshment.rhalstead26/07/2013
climbed with Iain B and Anne Bunn. had a big cairn on the toptallblond18/11/2012
4th M of day w Jenx. Climbed from tight parking at road edge SN991658, following bridleway and tough climb thru dead bracken/steep slopes to top. From top crossed to beacon/tall cairn and descended back past West of main top, steep down and track past farm to start pt.nordicstar17/11/2012
Second of the day, from Layby on the A470.heavyhorses16/07/2012
Started at SN979672 where there is a small layby. Visited West Top then summit. Second walk of the day.davidpettit8423/06/2012
Parked by the A470 at dusk, and up through the forest. Caught in a short but heavy snow storm on the summit, which cleared to give a nice moonlit walk back down.huwthomas04/03/2012
SN9868166147Anton06/08/2011
Left car at bend in road to SE at 991658 (15:00) and walked through field then very steeply up through thick bracken to summit at top of scarp. Seemed significantly higher than big cairn to NE. Finished 15:55 dbb14/06/2009
Had time so accessed via walk thro' wood eventually. Clear, dry day with good views with cool breaze.Dugswell221/02/2009
From S is best to do the other top 1st so that you do not need to struggle through heather.destaylor15/09/2008
Nice top(s) bothe with cairns. The furthest one (from Nantplas) has a conical cone built to celebrate QEII's silver jubilee in 1977.clivevilla01/06/2008
Continued from subsidiary summit, across shallow valley and awkward fence. Nice cairn and views to valley below.Aye Jimmy15/05/2008
(date approx) Walking from Llandrindod Wells to Rhaeadr. Went up using bridleway on S side. Only visited highest point, not the other summit. At the farm near the bottom dogs were troublesome (even though I was clearly on the RoW).david.carreg01/05/2007
From West top by a trespass.Eddie13/06/2006
Walked from Rhyader in the afternoon, by river, past sewage farm (not so good)and approached summit from E. Think we went thru' working quarry, peregrine falcons there.Enjoyable 3h 20 min. With brother, Pete Sunny.pwheeler30/04/2005
Parked to NW in small layby. Followed track to top via Jubilee cairn. Dropped wife's mobile on top - returned 4 days later to find it in perfect working order, so assume its not frequently visited.robphys13/03/2005
Ascended from minor road to the south. An excellent summit and viewpointJohnW18/08/2004
petey08/09/2002
Galltywenallt29/03/2002
Started from the minor road to Pen-y-ffynnon farm and took the direct route up to Carn Wen top. From second top headed east to reach the path that went back to the car.garyhoney18/02/2002
8 marilyns solo in mid-Wales, drive and running by 8.20am. Day after Yossi Brain -mountain guide memorial in Walsall & night in bunkhouse at PYB. calm, damp with damp cloud higher up.Chris Pearson14/11/1999
Steep scramble up on grass to cairn on grass then over 2 fences to t'other.arranc07/02/1999
fine hill & view, E cairn is official summit altho W cairn a fine view point v similar in ht. layby on A470@980673, FP & pastures to summit RHW23/01/1999
Add also a jubillee beacon. Walked up directly from homeRhayader_wander10/08/1995
From SN 99124 65771 - also visited the top with the beacon. 2006?summitsupblank
Vertigo17/02/2018