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
Catchment:Severn
Class:Hump, Tump (300-399m), Clem
(Hu,Tu,3,Cm)
Grid ref:SJ 29512 14417
Summit feature:rock at base of monument
Drop:106.7m
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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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 170 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
https://www.strava.com/activities/11587097920 Rodney's Pillar Fell RaceSleepwa1ker05/06/2024
From CP on Criggion lane, Breidden Hill - Moel y Golfa - Middletown Hill. 10.6 Mile loop with R+R.Dan Baddeley23/03/2024
Car park to north. Forest roads to New Pieces, then good paths up to Rodneys Pillar. Fence is blown down in numerous places, so access to monument is not a problem at the moment. Solo.Dangerous Dave25/02/2024
Quite a bit later than is expected... The fencing round Rodneys pillar had been flattened by the wind. Trig pillar just north of the monumentvegibagger29/09/2023
Track then increasingly steep paths from Criggion CP. A limbo under the Heras and clambering through the scaffolding reminded me of a children's climbing frame. Annoyingly there was a break in the fencing on the SW side that I later spied! Once back at the van we realised that I had left my keys and wallet besides the fence so I didn't lose them during the limbo ... doh! a re-climb proved necessary.summitter31/08/2023
https://www.strava.com/activities/7938007550 Rodney's Pillar Fell RaceSleepwa1ker09/10/2022
Briedden Hill fell race.Tintenty09/09/2022
From Criggion car park to the north. Lots of tracks off the main forest road lead up to Rodney’s Pillar, which is currently enclosed by fencing, but is possible to squeeze under to get to Trig and HP. Great views on a clear day. On to New Pieces.PeterD28/05/2022
Return visit as closed for shooting last time! Rodney's Pillar & trig inside some limboable safety fencing.tim74727/05/2022
Busy walk on the bank holiday Monday with Alex. No dog as they have to be kept on lead.Pjb10003/01/2022
https://www.strava.com/activities/4221316666Sleepwa1ker20/10/2020
Middletown - Middletown Hill - Breidden Hill - New Pieces - Moel y Golfa - Long Mountain North Top - Long Mountain - Welshpool.Mark Jackson26/09/2020
Followed footpaths from Middletown Hill, the one by the barn at Stone House being the best to cross the valley from the road, then down to the Criggion car park.prwild26/08/2020
From the car park to the north.PGCE22/08/2020
From the good car park to the north. Up the main path until we saw a way mark post on our left and a steep path opposite at SJ 30188 14714. Up the path to the right (sharp right curving track avoids the steep mud), and continued left at a junction, following the path round and up to a crossroads near the summit. Straight across there and up the final path to the summit. Great viewpoint. Descended to the main cross roads and took the left path, descending more steeply, then following the path to the right to join our ascent route back to main track. Pleasant circular walk.LizH20/08/2020
From car park to north; entrance at SJ 2944 1495 - E. along track to obvious 'crossroads' at SJ 3025 1466 (ignored a slightly earlier steep muddy path) - Turned right & up vehicle track for 20m, right again for 20m & then left for 40m up to Y-junction - Took right fork which heads W. & then SW up valley alongside stream to a fingerpost at SJ 2973 1433 - Turned right & a short climb up good path to Rodney's Pillar. (S)gerrybowes03/03/2020
In mist with Miranda. Fascinating forest paths on an extraordinary hill. Would like to come back in fine weather.Wycombe Wanderer27/12/2019
From the CP up the obvious path, turned right by the pool. Through a small field and up a steep path to the PillarM6KIO23/10/2019
After conquering Moel-y-Golfa we are inticed by the somewhat easier Breidden Hill - Fine well walked paths take us to an obelisk (Rodneys Pillar) right next to a trig, both rather wonderful. Looking out at the Romany monument over at Moel-y-Golfa and the growing clouds of Wales and the Shropshire hills.briandavies17/10/2019
From Criggion car park. With Middletown Hill. Many PRoW south of Breidden and on north side of Middletown overgrown with bracken. Didn't even attempt New Pieces.PeteN03/08/2019
Great view point, climbed up via the bridleways & permissive paths from the car park to the N. Went on to do New Pieces & Middletown Hill before continuing tot he Dyfi Hills.DanMaisieBex02/08/2019
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
With Davidkindpercy07/10/2018
Myself and Alma Aurea decided to have a walk up here this morning as it looked a scenic area with some great views. We weren't disappointed, the views from up here are excellent, the pillar is impressive and there's some great autumnal colours today as well.meltdiceburg30/09/2018
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
Again a hill I have walked many times but this has the photo I want. Took the longer way all the way up the track which is far more pleasant than the steep scramblegreboicus25/06/2016
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