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Name:The Begwns
Hill number:2199
Height:415m / 1362ft
RHB Section:31B: Welshpool to Hay-on-Wye
County/UA:Powys (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Clem
Grid ref:SO 15502 44414
Summit feature:highest point in trees of roundabout
Col:258m  SO204490  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 148 161
(1:25k) OL13N 188
Observations:ground 75m SW of trig point at SO 15388 44361 is lower; trees hamper GPS measurement
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 206 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
A lovely run around the perimeter of theBegwns from the west, culminating in racing my wife up to the Roundabout, as the summit is known locally. Six miles of joy with fantastic views over clear hills and foggy valleys. How beautiful is this land!Rob Rees21/01/2020
Quick march up on a bright morning. Great views along to a cloud-shrouded Black Mountains. Horse-riding clearly popular on Sunday mornings hearabouts.huwthomas22/12/2019
Ascent from E.ger22/11/2019
Easy run up from the minor road to the summit in the roundabout also visited the trig point. Plenty of people around enjoying the late Autumn sunshine. The view were amazing. The Black Mountains looked Alpine with a good coating of snow in contrast to the green lowlands.Eastwards the Cotswolds were visible and to the north the lonely hills of Abergwesyn Common above the Elan Valley. Time taken 9 minutes for about 1 mile.isabelle10/11/2019
1 mile up and down from road to east of summit, lovely hill and surely one of the easiest Marilyns, went to trig then walked over all high bits of land within The Roundabout. Amazing views in perfect weather looking south stretching from Bredon Hill, Cotswolds to Fan Brycheniniog and looking north from Drygarn Fawr to Titterstone Clee Hill, Shropshire. Sunny/Breezy and clear. Earlier that day did a 12 mile walk in the Brecon Beacons bagging Pen.Y.Grib and Castell Dinas and re-bagging Mynydd Troed and Mynydd Llangorse.DanTrig01/09/2019
From the East. Easy walk before tea in Hay.NormanW22/07/2019
Interesting hilltop - came up here around 11pm and bivvied on the summit inside the wall. Lots of soft grass and even a campfire spot if you so desired. No views in the morning though as the mist was down!twg2725/05/2019
Still, warm, clear, sunny day. Tractor procession on road afterwards. After Hegdon â Black Mtn next. Rounsfell12/05/2019
From the east. Twilight ascent after yet another road closure diversion. In full daylight the view would have been even better.Topographer5725/09/2018
The trig pillar says that on a clear day you can see forever but shrouded in mist today.peebs22/09/2018
Walked from layby near cattle grid to the east.RyParks03/06/2018
A nice easy stroll via the usual route. Outstanding views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.Gill22/04/2018
With M, from Painscastle. Easy walk, still lots of snow around.douglas_easton10/03/2018
From road to the east of the summit.Winterfloodian09/10/2017
From the roadside to the east, west up the eastern slope to the summit trig point and high ground among trees within the walled circleMariana Trench07/05/2017
Got lost in car and ended up parking at 139433 when I realised I was west of the top, not east. It was a pleasant hour's stroll on short grass there and back.SS16/04/2017
Easy walk from the east but nice once you're at the top. Surprised to find a view as all the other similar sized peaks were shrouded in cloud.Herbert Anchovy22/02/2017
Parked on roadside ESE of The Roundabout SO 16169 44188. Went to trig first then walked all the way round outside of The Roundabout. Went inside through gate and stood on highest point occupied by a semi- mature tree. Visited alternative high point a few metres north. Easy bag less than half mile total.SteveSmith22/11/2016
A good stroll from the high point on the road across easy ground to the tree enclosure and trig.jenx05/10/2016
Repeat from the road col to East, much better day than last, glorious views all around and back to Hergest Ridge where we were previously, also to the Black Mountain / Waun Fach hills to Southnordicstar05/10/2016
From minor road to east, plenty of grass parking. Hot, overcast, calm and great views.iangalbraith08/07/2016
From minor road to E, plenty of verge parking. Interesting circular stone wall encompassing the summit with mainly conifer plantation within. HP probably within the walls.jonglew15/06/2016
Easy bag on my way home from north Wales. Nice hill and views all the same.Cas-gwent06/05/2016
From road. An easy stroll over short grass. Trig adorned with garish dragon. Top within the roundabout enclosure up and down in 15 mins.stig_nest11/03/2016
With Val. From road to the east. Great views to snow topped Black Mountains. Clear and sunny but cold.mike.hoult15/02/2016
Easy walk up. Nice feature at the top and stunning viewsNeolith13/02/2016
Ably assisted by my chauffeur Iain Brown, and having just been up my 999th hump,he asked if I'd climbed The Begwyns?. This is a Marilyn which I'd not yet been to and Ian suggested it might be a good one to go to as it was only about a ten minute walk. I jumped at the chance. It had started to rain a bit + windy and Iain decided to sit it out, Hooray another Welsh Marilyn + Hump number 1000vegibagger30/12/2015
8/8 Last of Long wet, sunny and windy day ! (Carneddau/Bradnor Hill/Stanner Hill/Brurfa Bank/Hanter Hill/Hergest Hill/Burt Hill/The Begwns)Fergalh06/12/2015
A stroll on a murky afternoon.Ramblingpaul23/11/2015
Roadside parking at the col (SO16167 44165) An easy stroll to The Roundabout. (PM)gerrybowes26/01/2015
With GB. Good parking at the top but can be very muddy. An easy 40 minute trip to an interesting and unusual top.bolton26/01/2015
With Jenx and Iain Brown from the ample road parking at col, nice stroll in misty damp conditions, cold wind. Nicely decorated trig and a fine top amidst the scots pine. A short wander round on top to be certain we'd covered the high point, and to take in the views. First of four today.nordicstar14/12/2014
This is local to me, so I go up here quite a lot.jim.r28/08/2014
A lovely walk over the grassy tracks criss-crossing the open access land of the Begwns and a few fields taking in Llanddewifach Church and Llanstephan Church. Brilliant views from Hay Bluff all the way over to Fan Brecheiniog. With Tiger Bay Ramblers.islamidget03/08/2014
A short walk on grassy moorland to a strange circular enclosure. A fine sunny morning when we did it.mindlessflogger15/04/2014
For SOTA with Geoff Fielding.G4OBK (Phil)24/10/2013
Held my breath coming up the road described by dicky. Luckily I didn't meet anyone. After parking its an easy 700meter stroll up to the brightly painted trig point and then into the walled copse to find the high point.Father Ted22/09/2013
Parked on pass to E. Weird banana shape fungus. Bones in the seaty bit in the round enclosure at the summit. Trig point painted white with a red Welsh dragon. Friendly hill ponies. Great views of the Brecons. Like it.wheresthepath24/08/2013
The road between Painscastle and Glasbury is the most awful narrow lane with no passing places. Won't be going back by driving, it's that bad. Popular place and worth going to.dicky06/07/2013
Parked at the edge of the open access area and walked up. Very popular Sunday morning stroll.rhalstead25/07/2010
Parked by road to E and walked up broad grassy track to walled enclosure round summit with copse of trees. Apparently an ancient beacon. High point not obvious. Fine evening after shower. dbb18/06/2010
Easy stroll across common from road to E. Trigpoint, but highest point in nearby copse.Aye Jimmy18/05/2010
. CreakingHiker04/04/2010
Sun out at long last with snow drops marking summit in trees with daffs to follow, super views.Dugswell206/03/2010
One of those lower hills that makes up for it with sensational views, especially to the southdesperate dan22/08/2009
Along walk from hay using local roads and open moorland.The hill is very popular with tourists and is a real junction between mid and south wales. High point found in the treeshodder02/06/2009
A very easy stroll up short grassy paths,just 200 ft ascent from the Paincastle road summit (easy parking) E of the top. Marvellous views ( just of the actual summit which is in woodland) of all the Old Red Sandstone mountains and the Radnor Hills. Nice 1/2 hour.pwheeler11/04/2009