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Name:Long Mountain
Hill number:2200
Height:408m / 1339ft
RHB Section:31B: Welshpool to Hay-on-Wye
County/UA:Powys (CoU)
Catchment:Severn
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,4,Cm)
Grid ref:SJ 26476 05827
Summit feature:ground 4m NE of trig point
Drop:305m
Col:103m  SJ288021  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 126
(1:25k) 216
Observations:40cm higher than trig point: highest point of embankment is at SJ 26541 05872 and is 0.29m lower than the summit
Survey:Leica NA730
Surveys of Moel y Golfa and Long Mountain final.doc
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 264 users)ByDate of Ascent
Up the mast road and into the wood to find the hard to spot trig.NormanW01/10/2019
Up to the mast, through the gate and into the area of the hill fortelizyanne30/07/2019
12.15 trig pillar S4718 nagging doubts about the possibility of unfinished business, now rectified. When coming here in August 2004 with Jamie, I was in a hurry. It seemed obvious that the highest point was going to be on the rim of the ring fort and these points near to the mats must be good enough for the highest point. No time to hunt down the trig pillar. Doubts haunted me since. Chatting with Myrddyn Phillips confirmed my doubts. Time for a visit to photograph the trig pillar. Mission accomplished. Honour satisfied.vegibagger30/04/2019
Parked in Lay-by near mast access road. Met another Marilyn Bagger just finishing as we set off. Summit easy enough to find in woods, lovely view just outside the wooded area.Jephcote8314/04/2019
Across field and along Offa Dyke to fort, to trig and HP in trees. Back past mast and access road.PeterD08/04/2019
Up the mast access track to Beacon Ring... atmospheric in the treesN.Morters05/04/2019
Revisit with SG from parking beside mast access track gate.Smudge25/11/2018
Approach from SW using Offa's Dyke path. No summit views in the spooky summit copse. Did an ACW circit of embankment, from which there was good views.ger01/05/2018
cold but clear. Snow on higher tops to north and west.gettingonabit05/02/2018
Short detour from a walk along Offa's Dyke.rhalstead13/01/2018
1/2 - Popped up here after work in Leighton. Have 'longed' (excuse the pun) to come up here for nearly 20 years, just never got round to it. Fascinating hill that is such an important part of view from the Oswestry area, but rarely mentioned or acknowledged by anyone! Beacon Ring was great fun, very welcoming place, and the embankment of the hillfort is a great short circular walk! Very odd the way it surrounds the forest where the trig point is. The Forest spells out 'E II R' when viewed from above. A Severn Trent employee had got his van stuck up here and was in a bad mood, having been waiting for a colleague to get here from Church Stretton since 11am! (it was 2pm by now).tumpawumpa19/12/2017
Short approach from road to E, interesting hill fort and great views to W from edge of woods. Shame about the masts blighting the hill.steve_a28/10/2017
11/12M drove up rough track to masts quick bag.robertphillips19/10/2017
Via road to the masts from the east.Winterfloodian10/10/2017
Parked in layby just past access road to pylons. Walked up road to pylons, then through gate and up through trees on Beacon Ring fort to trig point.PaulineD19/08/2017
Parked by track to microwave masts, through gate just past first mast over grass bank into spooky wood to trig point.rogreeves19/04/2017
Short ascent from the SE. Summit is a few metres from trig point in woodland in centre of ring.Topographer5705/04/2017
Fuelled by all day breakfast in the Pinewood cafe, Welshpool, as delaying tactic hoping for the fog to clear. No chance. Parked by the Stubb, and followed Offa's Dyke to the summit. Very atmospheric in the fog. Circumnavigated the hill fort wall because it's higher than the trig, and worried about the current fashion for Bings supplanting summits. Brambles not too bad in March. Back the same way, with tales of the miserable estate owners revealed by discussion with a local.Gill27/03/2017
3/8 Third of eight (Moel y Golfa/Breiddon Hill/Long Mountain (Beacon Ring)/Caeliber Isaf/Shadwell Hill/Pen-Caenion/Ddifed/Mynydd Cerrigllwydion)Fergalh18/12/2016
While I was there two cars drove right up to the masts up the track from the road on the east. Seems most locals do that. I felt a bit silly walking in from the end of the track. Through and around the woods. Rather pointless Trig now surrounded by trees. Interesting that the trees spell out 'E R' (Queen Elizabeth II). https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154520116367367&set=a.10154519747367367.1073741901.693847366&type=3&theatergeralddavison30/10/2016
With Jenx and Myrddyn from the nearest aerial, around back of the ring for sunset views then the trignordicstar03/10/2016
A twilight dive into the woods.jenx03/10/2016
Lay by (A4833) between Buttington & Hope - Offas Dyke Footway to Long Hill Summit (Beacon Ring Hill-fort/trig/EIIR 1953 Trees) - Phillips Gorse Pentre - Hope - Lane past Cooksons BLUE Coaches back to A4833briandavies30/09/2016
Park and bag. Really nice views and interesting round on a lovely day.huwthomas26/08/2016
From masts. Interesting hill fort and trees.twg2711/08/2016
Parked at mast road entrance (between it and the field gate, good space). Road to mast is driveable and has parking/tuning space. Overcast, warm, calm and very atmospheric amongst the trees.iangalbraith08/07/2016
Bagged whilst walking Offa's Dyke pathRamblingpaul01/07/2016
I did this one as a park and bag, parking on the Roman Road and walking up the track to the masts. Bagged the trig point and high ground nearby and then had a wander onto the rim section.Father Ted03/04/2016
With Trefor. From the east along track to aerials then on to the summit within the hill fort earthworks. Offa's Dyke path nearby. Met someone who was walking from Lands End to John O'Groats spending as much tome as possible on long distance walking routes.mike.hoult11/03/2016
Tempted to drive from road to aerial masts but parked on roadside near field entrance close by. Summit within hill fort amongst dense pubescent beech trees, unable to spot trig point from hill fort ramparts. Easy bag, decided to walk all round fort ramparts. Seems to be becoming a ritual on summits with a hill fort.SteveSmith23/02/2016
Quick dash from road (could have driven to masts). Strange but interesting summit.SS10/01/2016
Simple bag today with a short but steep bike ride up from Welshpool after having passed very close to here on Offa's Dyke in 2008.Alex C06/01/2016
Walked direct from Welshpool using minor road through Leighton. Unpleasant part was the verge less walk from River Severn along B4381. Interesting trig point location inside wood planted in 1953trimarc201/10/2015
Walk around this one when doing Offa's Dyke so just had to return. Parked at road junction 268054 and used rights of way to the iron age fort. The wood within the fort has had a severe attack of Ray Mears with lots of bivy shelters.mindlessflogger21/03/2015
From Offa's Dyke Business Park in Buttington. Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/long-mountain-beacon-ring.htmlGayle28/12/2014
Parked in lay-by at GR248078 and walked up steep lane through Hope then followed Offa's Dyke Path across fields to summit. Trig point is in wood created on the summit in 1953 to commemorate the Queens coronation. The ditch and embankment of the iron age fort are well defined. We descended S on Offa's Dyke Path to Leighton and back to car. With SH.wombourne24/11/2014
Start ~ 248078, Layby. Followed lane up through Hope then took Offa's Dyke path to the top. Hillfort at summit with wood planted inside. Cold, clear day with great views. Descended South then took lane down to Leighton to return.steve hudson24/11/2014
A short walk with GB between the 2 masts and up through the impressive woods on the summit.bolton02/09/2014
Parked at the end of the transmitter access track – Walked up track to second transmitter – Through wooden gate and turned left into the wood (Planted in 1953 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s coronation) – Summit is about 80m from edge of wood. (PM)gerrybowes02/09/2014
Gate open on access track so parked near to transmitter building. 200m walk from there to picnic table and seat at SJ 26475 05687. Operated for SOTA on VHF using table!G4OBK (Phil)12/08/2014
On Offa's Dyke Path.Poor wet weather. No view as in middle of a plantation. Shame on the planters'.iredale29/05/2014
Easy walk to masts . Very strange place with trig surrounded by small trees surrounded by ring fort .Mark Sims24/04/2014
The stage at which I realised I actually had enough in the tank to do the whole of Offa's Dyke - getting up this from Pool Quay without any breaksnpickup09/04/2014
With Jenx, on the Ludlow hill tour. Parked at lan end and walked to tranmitter, through gate to edge of its compound, crossed wet ditch and found trig in the trees. Interesting earthworks, shame about the trees, obscure the fort as well as trig.nordicstar17/11/2013
Climbed as part of Offas Dyke trail. I was going to climb the Breidden hills instead but decided to stay on the trail and then branch off the trail back to Welshpool on the way down from Beacon ring. The views on the ascent from Buttington were stunning today, with that looks like the Berwyns in the distance. You can see the land in light and shade. I found the trig point hiding in the beech trees that were planted in 1953. The two transmission towers nearby really dont help with the atmosphere. However this fort has such a great embankment and ditch that you really get a sense of what it may have been like to live here.Dazingdale03/11/2013
From road to East, along transmitter access road, then played ‘hunt the trig’ in the woods.tim74707/07/2013
Short detour from the Offa's Dyke Path. See my blog post for more details: <a href="http://blog.alistairpooler.co.uk/2013/03/offa-dyke-path-day-6-welshpool-to.html" target="_blank">http://blog.alistairpooler.co.uk/2013/03/offa-dyke-path-day-6-welshpool-to.html</a>alistairpooler02/03/2013
A quick one from road jnc with 382 spot, across field paths to fort, trig & top, then a circuit of the fort-difficult to get an impression being full of trees, very windy but dry.apricorum30/01/2013
Parked in the layby at SJ26770537. Quick ascent via the transmitter masts.davidpettit8415/07/2012
Ascended in snow (yes, snow was on the ground in April!) from the south, where we parked by the public footpath and walked across the snowy, muddy fields. Found the summit fine. Views were good outside of the trees, not so good at the trig itself.Chingwakabungya06/04/2012
from road no great shakes 3rd of six todaygigglejon25/03/2012
On Offa's Dyke route, coffee break on the summit not realising it was a Marylin back in those innocent days!nickywood116/03/2012
Parked by the minor road to Marton, at SJ 26808 05375, then up the track to the masts.Sprog25/02/2012
Ongoing Offa's Dyke with G/F. Start Buttington Bridge, finished Montgomery. Beacon Ring is a well-preserved hillfort.thesweetcheat08/08/2011
SJ 26476 05826Anton04/08/2011
Obvious route, no challenge in this one so perfect for the end of the day.JohnStoneham31/07/2011
Went up track to radio stations round side of second station gets you on Offa's Dyke path and then into the ring. Trig in the middle.simon and co16/04/2011
with AlastairM0YDH12/11/2010
Offas Dykewindridge04/09/2010
Visiting trig pointdesperate dan05/06/2010
LindaGlenford07/11/2009
Left car at end of track to radio stations. From second one entered enclosure. Walked all round large ring filled with woodland. Highest pt seemed near 2nd station. Trig pt in centre. dbb15/06/2009
Easy walk along track leading to masts. http://www.heavyhorses.co.ukheavyhorses27/05/2009
Easily found trig in clean but spooky wood inside Beacon Ring. Tree to east appears higher than trig but GPS signal poor in wood. Short walk along mast track.Dugswell211/05/2009
On the way back from a wedding in Church Stretton. Parked at the end of the access road to the transmitters and wandered up through the wood/fort. What a smashing view of Welshpool! Great views for little effort.DanHolme03/05/2009
KeithByTheC03/05/2009
taken in as part of an offas dyke walk from four crosses to montgomerystig_nest15/04/2009
Came up to bag a geocache/waymark.nolan20/12/2008
With Tony and DevonStuart Hyde15/11/2008
Strange walk from stile on Offa's Dyke path from N: pleasant fields, bench with poetry, chopped down forest, enclosed forest, circular flying saucer thing at Beacon Ring comms mast, then dark wood with trig and nearby log cabin.Aye Jimmy06/09/2007
Whilst geocachingtonibunny13/08/2007
Just a few breaths from the track in a howling wind.Eddie06/07/2007
Climbed whilst walking the Offa's Dyke National Trail from Chepstow to Prestatyn.dhbond25/05/2007
Coordinates OKdestaylor02/04/2007
On an Offa's Dyke NT stage from Montgomery to Welshpool with Shaky, Smithy & Lunty. Traverse from S to N.NotReallyABagger16/04/2006
With RHWGeoff Briggs19/11/2005
Easy walk from the roadside.Rhayader_wander06/07/2005
With: solo; Parked by track entrance to mast. Easy walk up to trig point and summit. 3rd Marilyn of the day. Lovely spot by the woods at the top.Ian Baines19/06/2005
Excellent woods and hill fortNeolith19/03/2005
Revisit. #10 of 40 Marilyns in 24h23, Brent Lynam drivingRHW12/03/2005
with Jamie, western rim embankments seemed highest area but did't penetrate and go to the trig so now feel unhappy about it and need a more thorough re-visit and trig visit.vegibagger04/08/2004
Revisit date. First date not recorded. RHW17/07/2004
Very interesting place with astounding views.Lesley Jackson06/06/2004
Parked to SW @ SJ256053. Took Offa's Dyke path to top. Trig deep inside wood - very spooky when quiet. Quite a few dens built inside there - by whom I wonder? Good views, saw no one.robphys05/04/2004
http://tomread.co.ukm1eyp27/12/2003
Climbed on the first day of retirement with Martin Pinder. Tricky seaching for a green trig in the gloom under conifers.signyred01/09/2003
Took Mom and Dad on the tarmac road over Long Mountain to bag this one, Took 2 attempts to find a good start but in the end, going from Short Cross with a bit of Offas Dyke path gave a pleasant break from the drive from Soilhull to Dinas Mawddwy and a relative hill.pwheeler19/04/2003
Some hills are just too easy ... this one we cheated by parking on the road near the top. The top was reached with very little effort - but the views over the woods to the Welshpool area were lovely.ChinnockC30/03/2003
petey29/03/2003
Night ascent. Parked near Pant - y - bwch and dropped towards Pentre for required height. Ascended via roads and then Offa?s Dyke Path to reach the old fort. On far side of fort finally found trig amongst the trees. Descended via same route.garyhoney27/12/2000
Galltywenallt20/08/2000
Self and TaffyInvicta1404/05/1998
On ODParranc10/11/1996
w/e after running 'Elite' course on KIMM with Simon F in Galloway. Still recovering with sore heel.5 drive and bag Marilyns around Welshpool day after Indian Mountaineering symposium at Plas y Brenin and night at Llangollen YH.Chris Pearson03/11/1996
With DG - on Offa's Dyke PathJohnIvor11/01/1992
Date unknown RHW01/01/1990
Done on Offa's Dyke Path.ngthack25/08/1975
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