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Name:Y Foel
Hill number:5213
Height:435m / 1427ft
Parent (Ma):2182  Pegwn Mawr
RHB Section:31B: Welshpool to Hay-on-Wye
Class:Hump, Tump (400-499m), Clem
Grid ref:SO 01868 84072
Summit feature:cairn
Col:319m  SO022842  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 136
(1:25k) 214E
Observations:trees hamper GPS accuracy
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 45 users)ByDate of Ascent
Parked at the barn near pt.341, N of the hill. Down the track and round past the ruined house to SO 0167 8438, where a path went through mixed new planting to Des's excellent point for the start of the firebreak (01678 84331), then very pleasantly up following a path through the break to the summit cairn. Much more pleasant than expected!LizH17/04/2024
Glad I read previous logs. Made it easy even in torrential rain.Dusty07/11/2022
Came up from the east and made good use of the secateurs cutting my way through dense spruce. Well worth the grotty climb though because the view out from the south side of this hill really is quite astounding. Clipped back branches encroaching on the summit cairn so it is more obvious once again. Returned the same way I came up so there is a quite passable route out through the worst of it to the east if anyone chances to find that.Alex C10/09/2022
A breeze, thanks to advice from destaylor. To get to the start of the path at 01678 84331, keep following the track until it leaves the plantation. On your right is a lone Scots pine and if you look carefully at the bank to your left you'll see some bare earth. This is the start of a path that makes a rising traverse, parallel to the edge of the conifers. Eventually you will come to the start of destaylor's path, which looks like a narrow firebreak and is a dream to walk on.Wycombe Wanderer19/01/2022
Parked at start of track to N, near 341 SH. Track to ruin, then into forest. After sharp right bend, went up 2nd line of cut trees (1st one is a dead end). At top, there is a fairly branch-free line (after much swishing of a trekking pole!) direct to the summit cairn.PGCE23/07/2021
Parked inside entrance to barn at SO 0126 8467 - Down road for about 50m & then RoW to ruin - Over double gates, SE along track for about 130m & then W. along a more recent bulldozed track - Left track at SO 0175 8436, bearing left up an old overgrown track to destaylor's key reference point: SO 01678 84331 - From here a faint path heads up the NNW ridge to the summit cairn; no fence post. With increased branch growth, path up ridge not as easy to follow as in earlier years. (S)gerrybowes06/05/2021
From the ruined Foel-fawr, as others, up the narrow firebreak in the trees. Then on to Pengwn Mawr bwo a steep drop through trees.Alan Moore10/10/2018
We approached this from the access land to the east, which is possible but not recommended- the oak woods are pleasant but there is then a steep conifer thrash, with spiky dry side branches, then a steep shaly open section, before following the south side of the forest along the ridge. The small summit cairn is a few m into the forest, at the spotheight, in a vague firebreak- no views! WE continued west along the ridge and then descended a firebreak north to a track not marked on our map which led to the ruined Foel Fawr farm- this is probably the better ascent route, but not great either!Denise 30/08/2018
By the exciting SE shoulder, hands and knees through forest then steep crumbling slate / shale. Sort of satisfying to reach the tiny cairn in forest.RichardM30/08/2018
Third of Seven (Rhos Fawr/Glen Feinion Hill/Y Foel/Craig y Paun/Y Allt West Top/Pen Craig Dugwm/Bryn Cwmyrh Iwdre/Pen Llyn Dwr)Fergalh26/11/2016
zig zag up the forest track past the ruined house. As you emerge from the forest into a bit that was fairly recently felled go left up the fence line to the point that Des Taylor mentions. This was previously quite wide with vehicle tracks but the trees have grown and, in places, you have to fight through them. However, all of a sudden the top appears right on the track.clivevilla08/02/2015
Last Hump in this area: As DesTaylor: Thanks to the notes below, it is a doddle using the old narrow track coming up the NNW ridge from 016843 (the kink in the fence line for those of us with 6 digit GPSs: but easy to find using a new bulldozed track cutting back West above the old farm.GordonAdshead26/07/2014
As destaylor.Chris Peart11/07/2014
Parked by barn SO021847 and then followed right R.O.W. to derelict building over double gate onto track and followed this to rear of derelict building, very shortly leave track and bear half left through trees and slight clearing with old fencing on your right, the break bears around to the left and at the next junction go left and follow this break on approx. the 400m contour with no turn off's until you get to the end then turn right up break to top. Easy walking throughout. SO0187084069Anton21/04/2013
Llanidloes to Glanfeinion. Given permission to go through wood from road at SO012842 to SE corner & gain the ROW track. Eventually located the thin summit trail which requires the occasional bit of forcing through encroaching pine branches.Smudge01/03/2013
As Des easy enough if you find the narrow path. Lots of mushrooms. With Phil Cooper first HuMP of the day.Dugswell216/11/2012
Looked completely impossible from the back.arranc02/09/2012
With Myrddyn Phillips. Via the narrow ride which commences at SO 016 843. An esoteric and worthwhile adventure.summitsup22/09/2011
Maybe I should have paid more attention to the advice given by Des and Darren - however I think by coincidence and luck (and of course my experience, talent and good looks) I found roughly the same way as themMartin R26/08/2011
what a nightmare of a hill.thank god for des taylors description.I parked at high point on road to the north and followed the track to the ruined house. Keep following the track to SO 01751 84357 and enter the forest where you follow an old fence to SO 01DARRENG13/06/2011
Parked easily to N. Followed track to ruined house. Then enter the forest. At point 01678 84331 a small path starts and goes all the way.destaylor15/04/2011
See post number 18103 on the rhb Yahoo Group for a full description of my (not to be recommended) route. Check out the hill on Google Earth for the best route - not shown on OS maps.Man of Kernow103/04/2011
fine hill despite spruce, need to wander to get best of excellent views, descent E has some nasty moments! ride on W side may link with stile at its foot. park 021846, tk via Foel-fawr then wide ride up W slope RHW07/04/2002
Alan Whatley09/11/2014
Colin Crawford11/07/2014
Campbell Singer11/08/2013
carole engel21/04/2013
andrew brown07/08/2011