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Name:Rhiw Gwraidd
Hill number:2197
Height:442m / 1450ft
RHB Section:31B: Welshpool to Hay-on-Wye
County/UA:Powys (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Clem
Grid ref:SO 01611 63437
Summit feature:rock 1.5m N of small cairn
Col:229m  SO007649  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 147
(1:25k) 200E
Observations:summit 7cm higher than W top (hill 2196) SO 00983 63408
Survey:Leica NA730
Surveying Gwastedyn Hill and Rhiw Gwraidd Final.doc
Second Survey of Rhiw Gwraidd (Final).doc
Comments:Higher than West top (hill 2196) by 7cm, making this the Marilyn
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Horrible climb from Bryn Canol (NW) through forestry area. The right of way is too overgrown to use (you need a machete) so the forestry track is the best way up until about half way where it turned into ankle deep sloppy mud. Very difficult to climb up. Great views at the top so I would try an alternative route next time!fantango12/01/2020
3/4: From Bryn-canol to NW. Followed old ROW path stubbornly thru felled forestry. Thick mist on top â only a gilmpse of TV mast. Rounsfell27/12/2019
With: hb; Parked at SO006653 and followed the track south to join the easy forest track by the gate at SO0106764463 which we followed through the forest to SO0160364014. Here we joined the rising footpath to the stile into the deeply bracken covered field. We didn't follow the marked path which disappears into the bracken but followed the path close to the fence which easily brings you out on the top. There were workers cleaning the TV mast. We followed the indistinct path through the old quarry to the summit cairn then visited the west top before returning by the same route.Ian Baines26/07/2019
With: ib; CP at SO006653. Track S to gate at SO010644 & followed track through forest to SO016640. Joined rising path to stile then close to fence to top. Visited summit & west top & returned same route. Helen Baines26/07/2019
From N, easy parking at SO006653. Lower forest slopes well churned up by ongoing operations so followed first zigzag of forest road and picked up good fp at SO 01552 64006 to emerge on E side of wood. Straightforward from then on, Marilyn first then W top and return same way.milimana06/01/2019
From road end SO005653. Along track then followed ROW then up fence on edge of forest to mast. cut round the old quarry to the summit as per the surveys. returned same route with ElizyanneGmacT19/07/2018
Look carefully for the path up through the trees. Success brings you out onto the hill.elizyanne19/07/2018
From north, 006053, through forest, up west side of trees, over tops and down east side. Hot, overcast and great views.iangalbraith18/07/2018
Parked roadside at SO 016629 and walked up track through Upper Cilgee to TV station. Operated ham radio from summit for SOTA.G4OBK (Phil)17/03/2018
Drove to Upper Cilgee, and asked permission to head up the hill and to park. Nice farmer, kindly agreed both, asked me to park by a gate on the track below the farm. Easy walk up the track, and good but murky views from the top. Bagged both tops just in case.Gill13/01/2018
Little bit of snow on the ground, drove carefully up to the road to park. Saw a fox along the track leading up to this hillnickywood130/11/2017
Parked at 006653 and followed the little used footpath hat crosses over the hill between the trig point and mast. Returned same way. Visited Western top to get the best view but still a poor hill.mindlessflogger28/10/2017
With TJB. Parked at cattle grid and walked up road to Upper Cilgee Farm where we asked permission to use the track to the TV mast. Permission readily granted. Easy walk to top. Several men working on mast, some high up.trimarc217/08/2017
From SO006653, made mistake of following path, don't continue to track. Once on track simple walk.rhalstead29/05/2017
P by cattle grid at end of minor road to the south, then easy walk up via mast to summit.Topographer5707/04/2017
Parked on the minor road to the north where there is a layby just at the start of the track. Walked south along track and then took footpath SE up to the trig point before heading W along the ridge to the given coords Marilyn summit and then further W to the other summit. Backtracked towards the mast and bushwacked down through forest to eventually pick up the track again neat the bottom.Father Ted06/03/2017
Parked at SO011626 and took a direct route cross country. A fair wind blowing at the top. visited the west summit too.Herbert Anchovy21/02/2017
From Bryn-canol taking track through woods to row. Easy enough, with bracken dead, up past mast to summit.SS28/01/2017
With Trefor. Obtained permission to follow the track to the aerial. On to summit then west summit which certainly looked higher and was shown as higher on my altimeter!! Prolonged heavy snow and hail shower.mike.hoult29/04/2016
From south couldn't find footpath through Rhostono. Plenty of parking @ SO006653, followed forest track. Do NOT take 1st signed footpath along fence unless you have a MACHETE, continue to few metres to forest track marked as footpath which isn't on my 25k or 50k maps. Took footpath after couple hundred m throu wood & then followed line of trees diagonally across field, up step bank across track to footpath. Followed fence line when out of wood towards TV mast. Headed for what looked highest west of mast from where a small cairn was visible. On way back took forest track so I didn't have to be lifted over stiles on shortcut. Humans would have no problems.CodyleCoyote17/03/2016
4/9 Fourth 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). Approached from North First stile at edge of forest is dodgy !Fergalh21/02/2016
Having done Crowborough where you can practically park on the summit I dont mind admitting that having spoken to the farmer I actually drove right up to the transmitter. That in itself was a fair accomplishment actualy, the track is muddy, rutted and loose. Maybe no probs in a 4x4 but in a front wheel drive peugeot 206.. a bit daft. Summit an easy 5 min stroll. Slightly lower top shows signs of being quarried for stone and also landfill. Top has a small cairn and a super view. Drive down also a bit hairy!stig_nest16/02/2016
Parked at end of road (0162362725), walked up to Upper Cilgee and obtained permission. Took the transmitter track up and descended on a direct route.tim74704/07/2015
Parked by bend in track to Upper Cilgee Farm (SO016628) Walked up to farm & after gaining permission from the farmer, took the track to the left of the farmhouse & then had an easy walk up to the summit. (PM,CM)gerrybowes27/10/2014
Parked at 016628 and asked the very pleasant farmer at Upper Cilgee. Just over the hour with GB and CM.bolton27/10/2014
With GB & PMCJM27/10/2014
Parked in huge area just S of Argoed Bridge and went up through delightful access land, open hillside lightly wooded lower down, essentially the WSW ridge. We asked about access- use the track branching R, via cottage S of Laundry Cottage. We had a chat with the happy farmer before going over a gate high up to gain the non-ROW side of the fence and the summit. One barbed wire fence had to be negotiated before we got to ROW to return through pastures and woodland N of Treflyn. With brother, Pete, his 2nd visit and a bit reluctant to do Rhiw Gwraidd again. However, this excellent way up won him over. Took 3h in all, so a half-day walk rather than a quick bag. Fine spring day.pwheeler06/05/2013
SO 0161163437Anton21/04/2013
past the farm (take road to left of farm house) than go past the strip of wood, cant miss the mast, but that isnt the top. need to walk along the ridge further along to get to top.tallblond18/11/2012
5th M today w Jenx. Park at highest pt possible, SO012625 and walked track to farm. Asked farmer for OK to go through and up to trig/high point which was ok'd. After these to western top before direct line descent to farm and then start pt.nordicstar17/11/2012
From SO006653 but path very hard to follow in places, and some of the forestry tracks no longer there !heavyhorses16/07/2012
Parked on drive to Upper Cilgu Farm and went to trig point first and then traversed ridge to westernmost top. Interesting boggy bit tween the 2 tops.signyred18/07/2010
Parked at 016627 (13:00) and walked along track through farmyard and into fields. Steeply up to summit ridge; highest point not obvious but small cairn. Weather still fine.dbb18/06/2010
As Gary Honey with a nod from happy farmer. I think this summit is just higher than westerly one.Dugswell217/03/2010
Continued from W Top over this bump, past masts and through field of horses to trig. Vague summit.Aye Jimmy21/03/2009
From East. Pleasant walk. Top is several small stones and a tiny bit of rock.destaylor16/02/2009
Small cairn. I did the trig point, another hill nearby at 436m and the two official tops.clivevilla01/06/2008
Probably an optical illusion - this top appears to be higher than its twin.Buteobuteo29/04/2007
From Nant-glas but ignoring helpful lady feeding steers.Eddie28/10/2006
Near Llanyre Mastpowyswalker09/09/2006
Came from the Nrobphys16/10/2005
Steady walk in from north open grassy land Trig not the high pointRhayader_wander24/03/2005
Walked up track from the south to ascend.JohnW18/08/2004
Parked on the minor road to the south of the hill. Decided to go the quick way via Upper Cilgee farm. Owner /worker said yes after much 'this is not a footpath' and ended with 'just this once'. So up to the first topgaryhoney18/02/2002
W Lesley. 2 nights sleeping flat in our Mondeo Estate car and climbing quiet hills - in hot weather -sunburn. afternoon outing over Carneddau & Aberedw Hill after Beacon Hill circuit in am. added this hill alone in eveningChris Pearson30/04/2000
Two peaklets. Flat rounded grassy ridge above a farm. Neither the TV mast nor the trig column are on the highest spot. (24th July 2012 - visited the mast and over a BWF to the column 10332 at 12.30)arranc07/02/1999