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Name:Breidden Hill
Hill number:5222
Height:366.6m / 1203ft
Parent (Ma):2201  Moel y Golfa
RHB Section:31B: Welshpool to Hay-on-Wye
County/UA:Powys (CoU)
Class:Hump, Tump (300-399m), Clem
Grid ref:SJ 29511 14417
Summit feature:rock at base of monument
Col:259.9m  SJ291130  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 126
(1:25k) 240
Observations:trig point 5m N is lower
Survey:Abney level/Trimble GeoXH 6000
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Speedy walk up the usual logging track from the car park at Criggion with Sue & Shelley. Extremely windy, but sunny amd hazy in the distance. 40 minutes up, and then an amusing 40 minutes down through Criggion Quarry to make a loop. We had to be escorted through the quarry as it was during working hours (although it is a permissive right of way).Cangarwbach15/04/2019
Sunny February day walking all the Breiddens. Walked up from the south western side which is a gentle climb up. Walked along the top to Rodney's Pillar and trig point and then down the south eastern path. Great views on the top, especially of the Severn Valley and the other Breiddens.brandybordeaux25/02/2019
Circuit of the Breidden Hills with Lindsey. 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 and mild but quite a stiff breeze. Distance 5.7 miles with 1,935 feet accumulated ascent.Skip13/01/2019
Steep climb up through nice woodland. CP closed so parked at start of RoW a bit further along the road. With BandR.jenx27/10/2018
Parked to the East of permissive parking as closed due to shoot. Direct up the ROW branching off for summit, windy but fine views. With Jenx and Bryhernordicstar27/10/2018
From the car park at SJ 29530 14965 up the forest road going clockwise around the hill to SJ 30182 14717 where a track ascends to a junction at SJ 30202 14660. I should have taken the R fork but went L (SSE) to SJ 30300 14382 then R (W) to SJ 29725 14327 where an obvious path ascends to the tower. (The tracklog does not exactly match the ROWs on the 1:25k map). On return I followed the path NE from the last waypoint which went directly to the R fork at the first one. Note there is a sign at the car park saying the permissive footpaths will be closed some days between 25 oct-1 Feb for pheasant shooting (presumably the forest road at the start as there are no permissive paths on the map).Jim.Fothergill19/09/2018
from the carark followed the track up then an easy ascentAristotle Chip03/07/2018
Circular walk from SJ297130: Moel y Golfa - New Pieces - Breidden Hill - Middletown Hill.Tony J17/12/2017
Such an unmistakable hill to look at and equally enjoyable to climb.Alex C10/03/2017
Minus 6C when we left Criggion car park at 09:00 this morning so welcomed the climb and bright sunshine to warm up. Great views of the frosted field of the Severn valley. Rock is an Olivine Gabbro. Path from car park is closed Tuesdays and Saturdays fom 1st Oct. to 1st Feb for shooting.RichardM05/01/2017
Gorgeous sunny, clear, cold day with frosted fields below. Trig just off high point ( Olivine gabbro outcrop) which is occupied by the impressive 16m high Rodney's Tower erected 1781 ( and restored several times) in memory of Sir George Rodney, Admiral following defeat of the French Fleet in the West Indies. Good views down to Criggion Radio station, WW2 admiralty signalling station,very active in 1960s through Cold War, closed 2003, now sold but not apparently used. Topograph a few 100m South west.Denise 05/01/2017
Well worth the climb to top. Great views and popular. Dive bombed by paragliding enthusiast which made a memorable day.SarahS02/01/2017
2nd hill of the day, many people on the top perhaps due to the hill featuring in the suggested 20 winter walks published in the Times 2 days ago. Again superb views and even a paraglider keeping everyone entertained.Bernard02/01/2017
2/8 Second of eight (Moel y Golfa/Breiddon Hill/Long Mountain (Beacon Ring)/Caeliber Isaf/Shadwell Hill/Pen-Caenion/Ddifed/Mynydd Cerrigllwydion)Fergalh18/12/2016
From car park to N, followed track around to NE, crossed stream and then took steep NE ridge.Wheelsy26/08/2016
With Cecilia and the boys.nix_snilloc23/07/2016
Ascended from car park via road. Long walk.Ramblingpaul03/07/2016
Number three 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
Main permissive path up. Great views beautiful walkAJ_UNSWORTH02/04/2016
With Steve a circuit of ascents from Middletown.Lou10/01/2016
Fell Racerichardsun11/10/2015
With Cabe via New Pieces.simon and co18/02/2015
With Bernie, Rich and the dogs. Plenty of parking fairly easy walking.carlos 16/02/2015
Went up the normal path. Wet and windy but lovely viewLaura.W09/01/2015
Went up here with Hector my dog comma it was a nice dayBannerzBaggins10/11/2014
Walked with friends from car park to north. Took the longer but shallower ascent, some great views and great weather for it. Also bagged trig and caches.Chingwakabungya07/09/2014
Parked below Upper Farm to SW, followed track then bridleway to summit. Don't be tempted to take footpath shortcut near top as it's non existent.Chris Peart14/07/2014
From car park on quarry road, followed permissive path and then footpaths. Would be a good hill if it wasn't blowings and raining.rhalstead06/04/2014
Climbed up to Rodneys pillar many times, camped on top a few times too. Great hill and very popular of course, but would like to do the other Breiddens now. Moel Y Golfa looks wonderful.tumpawumpa02/03/2014
Short solo walk after lunch. Criggion - Breidden Hill - Moel y Golfa - Middletown Hill - Criggiondavidpettit8415/07/2012
From car park. The short route is a little slippery but fine. A nice walk for a Hump away from mountain ranges.clivevilla08/07/2012
Final top in a round of Moel y Golfa and Middletown Hill with Andy T.marktrengove05/02/2012
Approximate date, although ascended many times. Ambitious plan to camp atop with four fellow explorers ended in hurricane. Much whisky consumed. Will climb again but never camp. Most of my stuff now in quarry.nwormgage01/09/2011
A steep pull up track and path from car park - great viewschriswatson30/08/2011
Park at north end of hill. Up on permissive path around the east end of the hill. To a smaller path and out of the wood, a final heave to the top at 12.35. Base of Rodney's column is about 6' higher than the FB on trig column 4796.arranc23/08/2011
From near CriggionNormski06/08/2011
Good car park to NW.Permissive path all the way - closed some days. Fine open top.destaylor13/04/2011
Parked beside Stone House. Followed ROWs to the top.chrisbien10/04/2011
Criggion car park and up the wide track around the back of hill before using steep footpath to gain Rodney's Pillar. Back down by the wet, slippy and narrow footpath for a more direct return.Dugswell204/03/2011
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
Done previously but this time as part of Podney's Pillar / Shroppie Handicap fell rece.Jim T16/06/2010
Was clearly in view driving up the Welshpool road, pulled up on the Criggion car park and it disapeared in the fog! Paths and Roads clearly marked ice and snow on top but fairly easy going.
On West Bromwich Mountaineering Club social meetsignyred04/01/2009
With Tony and DevonStuart Hyde05/11/2008
Whilst out geocaching. We came down via a quite scary route.tonibunny10/04/2008
Drove to Powis Castle, shut. Did hill instead.PepandJen06/04/2008
Hard walk but well worth it for the views!Lesley Jackson03/03/2008
a circuit of the three hills of the breidden group. moel y golfa being the higheststig_nest15/01/2008