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Name:Moel y Golfa
Hill number:2201
Height:403.2m / 1323ft
RHB Section:31B: Welshpool to Hay-on-Wye
County/UA:Powys (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Clem
Grid ref:SJ 29076 12533
Summit feature:rock on knoll 20m NNE of memorial
Col:142m  SJ329120  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 126
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Observations:knoll 45m SSW at SJ 29050 12495 is 10cm lower
Survey:Leica NA730/Trimble GeoXH 6000
Surveys of Moel y Golfa and Long Mountain final.doc
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 251 users)ByDate of Ascent
Not the easiest route to find. We parked on the minor road near the forestry plantations on the NW side of the hill. Followed lane to Bryn then the public footpath that takes you down! towards the Dingle. Then lots of signs saying PRIVATE NO FOOTPATH. Unfortunately the public paths on this side of the hill start on the busy A458. Kindly the gentleman (and his daughter) at the Dingle agreed we could cross their private land to reach the public footpath. From there it was up through the woods to the Gypsy Memorial at the summit. A great hill for views we have picked out Meol -Y - Golfa from the Pennines before now. We descend down the steeper SW face coming out on the minor road.briandavies17/10/2019
From the grit bin to the SW. Wet paths and greasy rock near the top, due to heavy rain previously. Quite a good view from the top.NormanW01/10/2019
Drove up road through Middletown to parking area at start of private road towards The Dingle. Followed this to No Footpath sign, augmented by dogs barking and stern-looking man. GOML. retreated to ROW, a vertiginous footpath., to next path towards target - more No Footpath signs.... But no dogs. Got onto ROW through The Dingle; continued W where it turns NE, direct to summit. On return, followed ROWs down to A458 and returned up road, losing advantage of driving up hill!! There seems to be a path across fields from Mount Pleasant to woods, saving A-road walkhenryfm16/09/2019
Fine circular walk on the way back from Wales. Just possible to park a single car at SJ 2896 1195. Good paths through the woods, almost a scramble to the top - exceptional views W.DanMaisieBex04/08/2019
Scrambled up through trees until we found the path and continued up the slope which although heavy rain fortunately had not yet turned into a quagmire. View from top worth the effort and interesting monument which is approximately 25 tons and was taken up in a lorry! Took more gentle route down and came out in nearby field.elizyanne30/07/2019
Parked in pull in at SJ285123. Up Forest tracks to SW end of hill then up along the ridge to summit and down NE Side. Followed a very unused but pleasant track looping back to the forest road. Lovely little hill.Jephcote8314/04/2019
From Middletown, up the track round to Bryn, then just after cut over fields to ridge and summit.N.Morters05/04/2019
Sunny February day walking all the Breiddens. Walked up the eastern path from Middletown village. This path is pretty much all through woodland and is well marked. The mud path is very steep on the lower sections though and I would imagine could be quite tricky after rainfall. The views on the top are spectacular with only a small eastern section obscured by trees. There is a monument on the top and you can see across to Rodney's Pillar, Middletown and Welshpool. Walked down the western path. This path is not as well marked as the eastern path and is easy to stray off. A lot more trickier as the path has some very steep muddy banks and small rock faces en route. Spoke to a local gentlemen who said he doesn't see as many people up this hill, compared to Rodney's Pillar. Well worth the effort to go up but might be a bit tricky for some people due to the steep paths, and I wouldn't recommend doing it after heavy rainfall.brandybordeaux25/02/2019
Circuit of the Breidden Hills with Lidsey. Parked near Criggion at grid ref SJ 2944 1491. Route was forest tracks to Breidden Hill (Rodney's Column). South to New Pieces (summit in trees, bracken and brambles). South through woods to road then to small car park at at eastern foot of Middletown, SJ 2969 1305. Walked up to Moel Y Golfa summit and back down by same route. Then up Middletown Hill, over summit and down to col below Bulthy Hill. Footpath down to Belle Eisle Farm, very muddy track then bridleway and forestry roads back to carpark. Cloudy-bright, dry, quite a stiff breeze. Distance 5.7 miles with 1,935 feet accumulated ascent.Skip13/01/2019
9am ascent up from Middletown. Heavy fog in the valley giving a great inversion from the summit. Very steep up, but a good hill.huwthomas24/12/2018
P by grit bin @ SJ283120. Good path through woods - summit in open ground - a couple of little rock bands add interest to ascent. Nice hill.ger29/04/2018
Parked at SJ297130. Gate 100m to west was padlocked. Spoke to a local paraglider who said it was a recognised footpath but unmarked. Pleased I had wellington boots for the first field. Good views of River Seven & oxbow lakes being formed.rogreeves16/03/2018
frozen ground and very misty. worth another visit.gettingonabit09/01/2018
Circular walk from SJ297130: Moel y Golfa - New Pieces - Breidden Hill - Middletown Hill.Tony J17/12/2017
A lovely walk, starting from the grit bin parking space at Shepherd's cottage. Nice woodland, good paths, a little rocky bit near the top and spectacular views.Gill04/12/2017
With: hb; Parked at SJ297130, then 100m W on road to Bryn, over gate and followed good path up through field to fence before finger post, over gate and delightful path through mature beech woods to summit tops. Returned same way. Superb views.Ian Baines05/11/2017
With: ib; Parked at SJ297130, then 100m W on road to Bryn, over gate and followed good path up through field to fence before finger post, over gate and delightful path through mature beech woods to summit tops. Returned same way. Superb views. Helen Baines05/11/2017
Via SW ridge. Interesting, with fine views.Winterfloodian10/10/2017
Walked up from Breidden InnPaulineD19/08/2017
With TJB, approached from Bryn where there is parking.trimarc205/07/2017
Candidate for New Favourite Hill! Find it hard to locate public footpaths up from the West and South but eventually made sense of it. Was a dramatic ascent, with several false tops one of which was a fool on the Scramble for a minute, the ummit is so homely with its 3 Candidate tops and interesting monument. It was so still and warm, such a nice place to have lunch. Great views of the berwyns comma the arans and cadair IdrisWalked around the whole Breidden range today, a long time goal. It was a wonderful day would (in sandals) so much variety including Rocky ascent, grassland, Forest, beautiful Gorse fields and the gorgeous country lanes. I would say that it is hard to construct a logical route around the three main peaks and there is a mixture in the area of clearly marked paths and public access but also defensive slash aggressive signs warding away walkers. Superb views all day, still weather and warm April Sunshine, such a great day out. Solo.tumpawumpa19/04/2017
From NE, P 297130 easy access to summit from gate at 295130. Impressive hill.Topographer5705/04/2017
Super hill. Took a direct southeast descent for a quick return to Middletown and spotted a few deer on the slope along the way.Alex C10/03/2017
A lovely Christmas new year walk. Popular as featured in Times but Bernard and I were just finishing what we had intended a few days earlier. Lovely viewsSarahS02/01/2017
Parked beside the Breidden Pub in Middletown for a three hill winter walk, this being the first. Impressive monument on the top and a fantastic view to the welsh mountains dusted in snow.Bernard02/01/2017
1/8 First of eight (Moel y Golfa/Breiddon Hill/Long Mountain (Beacon Ring)/Caeliber Isaf/Shadwell Hill/Pen-Caenion/Ddifed/Mynydd Cerrigllwydion)Fergalh18/12/2016
A nice route and summit views.jenx02/10/2016
Repeat from the same spot as last time, to NE between Golfa and Middletown hill. Good lines up hill to fence and finger post on other side. Superb line up through mature beech trees in autumnal splendour to majestic views out from summit tops. Sweet memorial. Saw a lad on the land on return who said it wasn't a public path however directed us out the way we came cheerilynordicstar02/10/2016
After Breidden Hill and New Pieces headed over Old Mills Hill and then down to the W of the hill, ascending via SW. Continued over top and ignored sharp right hand turn in path, finding a path that led down NE to Bryn.Wheelsy26/08/2016
Number two of three summits on this walk. Cloud, sunshine and heavy showers. From Coedway using Braggington Lane to Middletown Hill (367m). Onto Moel y Golfa (403m) then through Breidden Forest to Breidden Hill / Rodney's Pillar (366m). Returning through Brimford Wood and Crewgreen. Distance = 21.45km. Average moving speed = 5.0km/h. Time moving = 4:17. Ascent = 722m.paulnewby8121/05/2016
I made a right mess of getting to this lovely summit. Parked at SJ 29709 13021 but then headed south and lost height and tried and failed to get onto the hill at the end of the track marked The Dingle. Back tracked and eventually got onto the hill to be rewarded with a great top and fine views. Came down the much more sensible route end ended up on the road near Bryn.Father Ted03/04/2016
With Trefor. Very enjoyable walk up from west. A small easy scramble near top. Great views of the snow covered hills of North Wales.mike.hoult11/03/2016
Approached from SW parking at jcn of Shepherd's Lane & Garret Bank one of only two available places, the other being entrance to Shepherds Hill cottage. Both spots limited and room for only one medium vehicle. Smashing hill with tight contours and one easy scramble on SW ascent. Smashing views all round in sight of English Welsh border summits to the east including Stiperstones, The Wrekin and Brown Clee Hill + Corndon Hill on the Welsh side of the border. To the west Cadair Idris, The Arans and The Berwins.SteveSmith25/02/2016
From Middletown taking steep ROW through woods (wet and slippy), returning by Bryn and through quarry workings (nobody about on Sunday).SS10/01/2016
SS, I was around! With Steve a circuit of ascents from Middletown.Lou10/01/2016
Second of three Marilyns on the way to Baggers Meeting at Plas Tan Y Bwlch. Windy but fine views.SteveG13/11/2015
Parked in Middleton. Up via col to NE. Down via Rights of Way to SE. Route and write-up at:
Fell Racerichardsun11/10/2015
Parking space on the grassy verge of the track to the Shepherd's cottage at SJ283119. Ascent with two cliff scrambles that lie on the footpath.M0YDH12/09/2015
The hill that's trying to be a mountain. Parked near grit bin 28351195 (one or two spaces) and took path (not track) uphill into woods. Second path on the left went through oak and beech woods to the rocky top with fine views. Descended to the sound of woodpeckers on this beautiful spring morning.mindlessflogger21/03/2015
Started from car park in Middletown and walked up road opposite a short way before turning left onto a track then right at a sign post where a narrow path climbs steeply up to the ridge and a tarmac road. A short walk along the road to the second gate which gives access to a field and a grassy ridge through trees to the summit. We returned to the road then walked up Middletown Hill. Descended on a path which eventually contoured through trees back to car. Saw several monk jack deer. With SH and Pat.wombourne22/12/2014
Start ~ 301124, Middletown. Followed the road then RoW up to the col between Middletown Hill and Moel y Golfa then headed West up to Moel y Golfa Summit. Returned East and did Middletown hill also.steve hudson22/12/2014
Difficult to find suitable parking place on minor road to the west, but eventually managed to ascend by tracks from the south west.JohnW23/11/2014
From the minor road (small parking area) to the north east and a short walk to the summit.bolton02/09/2014
Parking area NE of summit (297130) E. along road to second gate Path up ridge through bracken and woods to summit knoll. (PM)gerrybowes02/09/2014
With Josh and Cabe. Nice walk up from the car park between this and Middleton Hill. Second gate back as others said. Met the farmer who was fine with us crossing his land - nice guy.simon and co20/07/2014
Parked in car park at SJ29709 13021 and through second gate along road at SJ 29608 13035 and up to stile as tim747.Lionel Bidwell27/04/2014
As previous log, parked on edge of wood and followed good track then straightup scree.rhalstead06/04/2014
Walked up from parking area on edge of wood at SJ 286125. Operated on VHF FM for SOTA.G4OBK (Phil)26/11/2013
With Jenx, parking area described off to NE, lots of parking off road. Back along lane and through gate into pasture/gorse/ scrubby area. Pick a line up hill to crest where a path can be found leading to summit with amazing memorial to the great gypsy King Uriah Burton.nordicstar17/11/2013
From NE, gate at 29527 13012 then faint path up ridgeline into woods (Stile) at 29323 12700. ROW to top.tim74726/08/2013
With Minnie. From Criggion parking area on easy forest tracks to the col(v muddy across the valley)then steep up through The Dingle woods, good views & interesting monument. V brezy but dry, sun & cloud.apricorum30/01/2013
Cycled from ShrewsburyNormski19/09/2012
Short solo walk after lunch. Criggion - Breidden Hill - Moel y Golfa - Middletown Hill - Criggiondavidpettit8415/07/2012
from road to west - cold fog at car,hot sunshine on topgigglejon25/03/2012
Agreed, brilliant hill. Shapely, beatiful beech woods, hidden paths, rocky summit, near 360 views to far distance.Matt Hicks22/10/2011
SJ 2907712533Anton04/08/2011
Easiest to climb from the east - park at the western edge of Middletown Hill.JohnStoneham31/07/2011
Parked at Criggion, couldn't find any of the field paths north so had to walk the very busy road over the R.Severn walked along the riverbank to a path from Pool Quay, no path signs on bridge across the river and along Watery Lane: the wettest lane from hell, finally got to the hills, with no footpaths signs we guessed our way over Moel Y Golfa, Middletown Hill and up to Rodneys Pillar and back to Criggion. They really need to spend money on footpaths and signs around here! 16.3 miles.DanTrig13/11/2010
What a great hill. Frustrated by access from the quarry I tried a different approach from the layby on the west side, and with some scrambling achieved the memorial on the tops. There are mountains that are less work than this...DanHolme10/04/2010
Revisit date. First date not recorded. RHW06/03/2010
Left car at end of track at 283120 (12:35) and followed path S through wood to ridge line, then path up steep ridge to summit. 2 prominences either side of monument seemed same height. Lovely hill; good views of Severn valley. Finish 13:35 dbb15/06/2009
Parked at SJ 29710 13027 and walked down lane to far end then up and over. Middleton Hill gives much better views because of the lack of trees.
As Gary H but no hacking required. Parked in Middleton probably in lower quarry car park...Oops.Dugswell211/05/2009
G My TIdris13/04/2009
Solo. Ascent from / return to Middletown. Fall with right leg broken in 3 places. Week in Shrewsbury Royal infirmary and 4 months off workM0YDH10/04/2009
Came up to bag a geocache/waymark.nolan20/12/2008
With Tony and DevonStuart Hyde15/11/2008
With Da192109/07/2008
Christmas afternoon. Great weather, sunny and clear but very cold. Good ascent with views into Wales. Bit of a scramble at the top and a nice wild white horse on the slopes. boggy at the bottom with awkward parkingwee mac25/12/2007
From lane to SW above Garreg Bank. Forest track then quite rocky at top. Monument to Uriah Burton - "never beaten in fisty cuffs from the age of five to sixty". Top is probably nearby rocky outcrop.Aye Jimmy06/09/2007
Excellent hill. Could be tricky in wet or ice near the top.destaylor02/04/2007
with Jamie and Alan Dawson and surprisingly we met another Everton supporter on the summit.vegibagger02/04/2007
a circuit of the three hills of the breidden group. moel y golfa being the higheststig_nest15/01/2007
Trespass with only a road map.Eddie09/01/2007
Steep scramble up scree from parking area to N can be avoided by turning L beyond wall towards Middleton Hill & the R along crest to fine Romany cairned summitsignyred10/12/2006
Two tops either side of monumentDavidGMould25/05/2006
With RHWGeoff Briggs19/11/2005
Nice walk up this one and breidden. We saw 5 deer near the top this day. Stunning views and interesting monumentNeolith24/04/2005
Revisit. #9 of 40 Marilyns in 24h23, Brent Lynam drivingRHW12/03/2005
3rd of the day. Parked in Middletown and followed road up, then past Dingle and up to top. Interesting monument at top and remains of telegraph? Returned via route down NE side of hill.robphys07/02/2004
From the village of Middleton we climbed up through heavy woodland and quite steep at times to arrive at a ridge which lead to this amazing top. What a view of the Welshpool area to the southwest. We descended the ridge towards Middleton Hill.ChinnockC02/08/2003
Middleton Common- Middleton Hill- Beila Eisle-Rodney's Pillar- Garreg Bank- Moel y Golfa- Middleton Common. A fine walk over the Breidden Hills from parking area. Took Mom up the first top, then did the round of these hills that are so prominent in so many views- with Pete,my brother. Fine weather for this day out.pwheeler07/06/2003
Parked in Middletown and made way to the col between Moel y Golfa and Middletown Hill. Then hacked west to the path on the ridge. From the summit far reaching views into Wales could be had. Descended via the wood path.garyhoney27/12/2000
Second ascent on 05/02/2012 with Andy T. Best way up is from bwlch NE of the summit. Ascent up NW face not recommended - very steep and scree-riddenMan of Kernow129/05/2000
Vigorous scramble on signed path for 900' through forest and on WDP over 2 rocky outcrops to top. Star hill. 340 degree views.arranc02/10/1998
7.30am. 5 Marilyns around Welshpool after Indian Himalayn symposium at Pen-y-Pass and night at Llangollen YH.Chris Pearson03/11/1996
Date unknown RHW01/01/1990
Self and TaffyInvicta1401/06/1986
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