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Name:Tor y Foel
Hill number:2267
Height:551m / 1808ft
RHB Section:32A: Llandovery to Monmouth
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Black Mountains
County/UA:Powys (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Clem
Grid ref:SO 11458 19498
Summit feature:ground 3m N of flattened cairn
Col:394m  SO101176  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 161
(1:25k) OL13S
Observations:ground 130m E is about 1.5m lower
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 270 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Bwlch - Wenallt - Tor y Foel - Bryn Melyn - Bryniau Gleision - Cefn yr Ystrad - Twyn Ceilog - Rhymney.Mark Jackson21/02/2020
Short and easy SW ridge from end of public road.Topographer5704/09/2019
From end of minor road to south west. Plenty if parking. Tor y Foel and Bryn Melyn.ijpowell29/08/2019
From roadhead on lovely evening, with cold breeze, after three hills. Rounsfell05/05/2019
Parked at the top of the minor road at 110187 (OS Map 161) (plenty parking space for several cars) and walked up good path onto ridge. Lovely small hill with great viewsJulieB02/01/2019
From end of road to the south via south ridge. Excellent viewpoint.Winterfloodian24/09/2018
Drove up to the viewpoint at end of the road to the south of the hill.mplentybof parking space. Easy walk up from here. Solo.Dangerous Dave17/09/2018
Beacons Way. With Teasel.jim.r23/05/2018
Circular walk from Llangynidr, coming back via the Usk Valley Way and the canal towpath. Boiling hot day. With my sons, aged 15 and 12.clyoung06/05/2018
A splendid hill with incredible views, up the easy grassy path from the end of the minor road to the SW.Gill24/02/2018
From Llangyndir as part of a 9-mile circular. Windy, snowy day.liljonb11/02/2018
Up and back from road end to the SW.Arbie05/02/2018
Bagged twice as part of the Brecon Beacons Ultra Marathon. Overcast, windy, rain at times, normal Welsh weather.mickdavidson18/11/2017
from res, wennalt straight up from north on to bryn melynunderhill05/11/2017
A very steep climb up from the East. Hill seemed to keep on going and going. Great views from the top.amarillo-oro-como07/05/2017
From road end to SSW which is a great viewpoint. With TJBtrimarc202/05/2017
Evening run from youth hostelPilch19/04/2017
With Mrs Anchovy from the end of the road to the SW. Weather OK as we set off but the cloud soon came down and it started to snow and sleet so no view from the top. A string of fell runners were hobbling down as we went up. They were on a 75km run with 7000 feet of ascent. The winner apparently did it in 6 hours.Herbert Anchovy19/11/2016
Up from the end of the road. Love the monument in the stone wall there.Neolith04/10/2016
Lane up from Taly on Usk. Post office sells lots of food and drink. Ample space at surfaced road end where the beacons way crosses. Huge school group having a break here, there I was expecting to get the place to myself! Steep but easy climb to reasonable sized cairn with decent views. The expected view of the Resv is limited by the hill shoulder.stig_nest15/09/2016
From end of single track road, 110188. Between showers, some sun, windy, warm, v. good views.iangalbraith02/07/2016
Parked at the small car park at the end of the minor road that leads onto the Beacons Way. Followed the path to the top. Returned the same way.MikeM19/05/2016
From church (parked anyway - doubt if vicar and organist frequent it on Tuesday mornings) taking path to Pen-y-bailey then on by west ridge to summit. Returned by path to north and Usk Valley Walk.SS26/04/2016
Nice walk to the summit to round off a nice day in the National Park. Steep climb up through the forest plantation but nice sense of achievement once at the top. Lovely views.Gerry the Ranger12/03/2016
An easy walk up from the dead end road. The visibility was excellent and the hill gave good views especially to the snow clad higher ranges. Above 500metres the ground was covered in patchy snow.isabelle05/03/2016
A nice approach road, and an easy summit.mike.hartley18/02/2016
Nice easy walk from car park at end of minor road to SW of summit, accompanied by 6yo daughter who had a good romp in the snow on top.Cas-gwent15/02/2016
Parked at 110188. Took 30 minutes up and down with GB.bolton25/11/2015
Parked at end of minor road to SW at SO10983 18789 (Room for 5 or 6 cars) Good path up grassy ridge to summit cairn. (PM)gerrybowes25/11/2015
Parked beside picnic area at base of summit. Fabulous views from the summit.Ramblingpaul11/10/2015
Solo walk from Llangynidyr in mist, clearing on the tops to reveal a great temperature inversion along the Usk Valley. Nice views if otherwise unremarkable hill. Visited the hillfort above Talybont on the way down.thesweetcheat03/10/2015
A nice 16 minute climb at the end of the day from the road end at SO 109187. Operate SOTA on VHF from summit - no support for a pole.G4OBK (Phil)17/08/2015
Start from Talybont Reservoir. A nice hill!lpiper01/08/2015
Trail race 2fosbury200530/05/2015
From Blaen-y-glyn Lower Car Park near Talybont Reservoir (SO 06251 17046) - Pant y Creigiau - Bryniau Gleision - Bryn Melyn - Tor y Foel.david23020125/05/2015
4/7 easy climb up from same car park as Bryn Melyn.Once again wonderful views from topFergalh11/01/2015
Ample parking at 109187. Very easy ascent of some 140m from there. Excellent views from summit.bowlesy01/11/2014
Parked opposite the chapel at 128202 and walked up to Pen y bailey. Headed due west to summit and then north to get on the Usk valley walk back to car. Is there some one on a trials bike ticking off the hills in breckon too? There are a lot of tyre marks on the paths.mindlessflogger16/04/2014
No problems at all encountered coming up here from Danywenallt hostel.Alex C02/03/2014
From Talybont-on-Usk, followed the Taff Trail and Forest Track to Bryn Melyn and then on to Tor y Foel. Return on minor roadrhalstead23/11/2013
With Keith. From the Coach and Horses in Llangynidr. Followed the canal over the aquaduct and then crossed the canal and followed ROWs through fields to the summit. Descended north and joined a minor road. Turned right before a gate to follow more ROWs through fields back to the canal and followed canal back to car. Did the same route a few months later with Rookie Ramblers.islamidget19/03/2013
From Dam, diverted footpath due to forestry (no clear signs, ended up in piles of cut branches etc) Wye Valley walk biot diverted due south up North face in 6" of snow. Struggled but fun.dicky16/01/2013
lovely hot day walked up from coach and horses car park in llangynidr quite a good hard pull to summit but worth the effort for the great viewsrussf6923/05/2012
Start ~ 109187. East path to summit, strong winds but a great view from the top. With Wombourne, Ron & Pat.steve hudson05/12/2011
Parked in Llangynidr. Laboured up the hill as we were still tired from yesterday's ascent of Pen y Fan.CandS3730/09/2011
from pt at GR134193, up long ridge to summit following tracknordicstar20/05/2011
latest visit - excellent early spring day :)backpackbrewer19/03/2011
Parked by dam. Run up, then continued along the ridge, then back along the other side of the lake. Great weather.huwthomas26/02/2011