Name:Moel y Golfa
Hill number:2201
Height:403.2m / 1323ft
SMC/RHB Section:31B: Welshpool to Hay-on-Wye
Topographical area:EC02 Clee-corndon
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Clem
Grid ref:SJ 29076 12533
Summit feature:rock on knoll 20m NNE of memorial
Col:142m  SJ329120  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 126
(1:25k) 240
Observations:knoll 45m SSW at SJ 29050 12495 is 10cm lower
Survey:Leica NA730/Trimble GeoXH 6000
Surveys of Moel y Golfa and Long Mountain final.doc
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Road sign to Moel y Golfa points up Garreg Bank, but that's all the help you get. No RoWs on N side - landowner permits 3 routes up N side, none of which has their start signposted (local source). FP heading N from big CP at SJ285124 is brambly, then loses height to join FP heading S from CP. FP up SW ridge is brambly. Take body armour and macheteIsbjorn27/06/2024
From Middletown, after doing Middletown Hill first. Couldn't find a direct route between the hills, but followed minor road to [appx] GR285125. Track, becoming path, zigzags through forest up to wall with gap from where a very rough path continues up to near the ridge's NE end. There met proper path up from Middletoen, followed it to summit [2 HPs seem equally high, with monument to a man of the people -nice change- in between] and back down to Middletown. very impressive hill seen from SW, even at Powis Castle.IanHHill23/05/2024
With Peterb. Started from the layby on Criggion lane, boggy at first but then very pleasant. Good summit views. Returned via ascent route.bowlesy19/04/2024
With Chris from Garreg Bank.Peterb19/04/2024
From CP on Criggion lane, Breidden Hill - Moel y Golfa - Middletown Hill. 10.6 Mile loop with R+R.Dan Baddeley23/03/2024
Walked west from Middletown Hill, over minor summit (307m), then south from col. Took Private Path above The Dingle to join the public fp up through the trees to the summit. Solo.Dangerous Dave25/02/2024
Ascent from Middletown via Moel y Golfa woods, though footpaths from the village were unclear on the ground. Spectacular views of distant Welsh massifs from the summit. Descent to Golfa Bank and back via footpath alongside A458Cumbriancyclist18/01/2024
Parked at N 52° 42.325 W 003° 03.525 (Shepards Lane Parking). From here there is a straightforward and scenic path to the summit (a few rocky bits), where myself and Alma Aurea enjoyed the glorious views. /Dmeltdiceburg15/09/2023
Stayed overnight in the Admiral Rodney pub CP (no charge, just buy a meal or some drinks). Up an adjacent track and ROW to Kempster's Hill, the final 100m or so being a clamber up a woodland bank. E to a gate and minor road, which led westwards past Bulthy and Belle Eisle Farm. Opposite the farm building is a ROW running between Bulthy Hill and Middletown Hill, turning westwards to the top of the latter. Onwards to Moel y Golfa, taking a route around a house along a footpath signed No Footpath! until reaching the official woodland path above The Dingle. A touch brackeny in places but a superb summit with a fascinating memorial to the Romany grandfather of Tyson Fury. Descended SW along a craggy path until eventually reaching a minor road heading back NE towards New Pieces. Just before the high point of the road ... 264m there is a ROW track up to and behind a barn conversion, from where it joins another ROW past pheasant pens to SW of the summit. A grass cut path helps gain a few more summitter01/09/2023
Parked at the pub, still for sale. Walked back west to the house and farm, up lane, into row which crosses the field. Over stile, straight up for 50m to path, which takes you to the summit, albeit hidden by 5foot bracken at times. Very impressive monument, how did they move such large bolcks of stone (or get them there?). Well worth the visit.iangalbraith14/08/2023
Parked by Breiddon Inn, now up for sale. Busy main road, but path behind hedge has gap in hedge opposite footpath. Route as Julie B. Steep parts on the descent were rather tricky with our elderly lab.kindpercy28/07/2023
With Martin Kimberley. Same as JulieB except for the return path, where we followed the road to the North and came on the path between the hills (very overgrown). Well marked tracks were over grown, and poorly marked tracks on the West side were very steep, but perhaps best to use these for ascent and descent.gbeniston19/07/2023
08:00, 3 degrees (8 later), north-easterlies, sunny spells. Grit bin and SW ridge route. Superb example of the inselbergs of this area; wooded lower slopes, rocky ridge, sense of spaciousness. Love it!Wycombe Wanderer26/02/2023
Same route as JulieB.mad max12/02/2023
Second ascent. Parked at 28561250 with space for at least two cars. Up track in open access land (not shown on OS map) which takes you past Trinity Well and up to ridge. Additional parking space for one car at 28551230.PeteF30/12/2022
Up from the grit box like others. It was very steep with a little scramble at the end. Enjoyed it but a bit damp.nickywood120/12/2022
From car park by the Breiddon Inn on main road in Middletown. Along path on same side of road for a short way then across road to The Dingle. Followed zig zag path that goes initially across field and then up steeply through woods. Yellow markers randomly placed. Across ridge path to monument. From summit continued west along ridge path (steep in parts) down to countouring path past base of quarry. Then back along lower path to start. 3.1 miles 1hr 28 walking time (per Garmin)JulieB19/10/2022 Breiddens Fell RaceSleepwa1ker09/10/2022
From pub car park in Middletown, had planned to link with Middletown Hill, but not that easy. Followed zig zag path that goes initially across field and then up through woods. Good view point going to both tops and monument.PeterD09/08/2022
From the grit bin on Garreg Drive, up south west ridge with my missus, traversed peak then followed path steeply down east to The Dingle, saw deer. Return via contour path past quarry. Hot day but 80% of route shaded by trees. Fine peak and monument.Nick Canute08/08/2022
Parked at Breiddon pub, then up some very steep wooded paths, roe deer disturbed on wayup.cjo28/05/2022
From Welshpool on bike which I left at base of hill.davechaffey26/05/2022
CP at Briedden pub in Middletown then ROW to summit. Steep through the woods, but well worth it for great views to the N and W. Late spring snow shower on the descent. With Carla and Felix.RoguePulsar02/04/2022
Walked from a pub on the road onto a path, we crossed the road to a driveway which had a field on the left which we went into, we followed a path into the wood the path in the wood was very steep, near the top was a big rock monument. Went with Dad and Mum.speedyclimber02/04/2022
Parked in old quarry, walked through woods generally upwards until reached path to the top. Followed the row down close to Trinity well. Only saw one other Walker. Solo.Pjb10017/03/2022
Parked above Garreg Bank at 2854 1237 and followed the obvious track up. It becomes a footpath higher up which leads all the way to the impressive Romany monument and also the summit. Lovely woodland walk with superb views too.Peterb04/11/2021
Parked by the gate to the south then followed path west before looping back up.Stevooo20/08/2021
easy park sj2854 1236 room for 4-5 cars up track then feint steep path aimed for trinity well (no sign of well on ground' up to ridge path small scramble on near top then monument and 3 tops return same route 1 hour 2ks 207m ascent hill of the dayunderhill23/06/2021
Thought I would pop up here while passing through the area. Massively underestimated how steep this was and how long it would take.sturuss14/04/2021
Middletown - Middletown Hill - Breidden Hill - New Pieces - Moel y Golfa - Long Mountain North Top - Long Mountain - Welshpool.Mark Jackson26/09/2020
From grit bin at drive entrance on Garreg Bank, reasonable path up with a couple of easy scrambles. Down through woods and across field following footpath signs back to the main road.prwild26/08/2020
Parked at pub to SE and followed path through field. Sunny, a shower on top, amazing light. ?Gypsy? memorial impressive. Detour en route Wilms-Ldn. Rounsfell12/01/2020
Not the easiest route to find. We parked on the minor road near the forestry plantations on the NW side of the hill. Followed lane to Bryn then the public footpath that takes you down! towards the Dingle. Then lots of signs saying PRIVATE NO FOOTPATH. Unfortunately the public paths on this side of the hill start on the busy A458. Kindly the gentleman (and his daughter) at the Dingle agreed we could cross their private land to reach the public footpath. From there it was up through the woods to the Gypsy Memorial at the summit. A great hill for views we have picked out Meol -Y - Golfa from the Pennines before now. We descend down the steeper SW face coming out on the minor road.briandavies17/10/2019
From the grit bin to the SW. Wet paths and greasy rock near the top, due to heavy rain previously. Quite a good view from the top.NormanW01/10/2019
Drove up road through Middletown to parking area at start of private road towards The Dingle. Followed this to No Footpath sign, augmented by dogs barking and stern-looking man. GOML. retreated to ROW, a vertiginous footpath., to next path towards target - more No Footpath signs.... But no dogs. Got onto ROW through The Dingle; continued W where it turns NE, direct to summit. On return, followed ROWs down to A458 and returned up road, losing advantage of driving up hill!! There seems to be a path across fields from Mount Pleasant to woods, saving A-road walkhenryfm16/09/2019
Fine circular walk on the way back from Wales. Just possible to park a single car at SJ 2896 1195. Good paths through the woods, almost a scramble to the top - exceptional views W.DanMaisieBex04/08/2019
Scrambled up through trees until we found the path and continued up the slope which although heavy rain fortunately had not yet turned into a quagmire. View from top worth the effort and interesting monument which is approximately 25 tons and was taken up in a lorry! Took more gentle route down and came out in nearby field.elizyanne30/07/2019
Parked in pull in at SJ285123. Up Forest tracks to SW end of hill then up along the ridge to summit and down NE Side. Followed a very unused but pleasant track looping back to the forest road. Lovely little hill.Jephcote8314/04/2019
From Middletown, up the track round to Bryn, then just after cut over fields to ridge and summit.N.Morters05/04/2019
Sunny February day walking all the Breiddens. Walked up the eastern path from Middletown village. This path is pretty much all through woodland and is well marked. The mud path is very steep on the lower sections though and I would imagine could be quite tricky after rainfall. The views on the top are spectacular with only a small eastern section obscured by trees. There is a monument on the top and you can see across to Rodney's Pillar, Middletown and Welshpool. Walked down the western path. This path is not as well marked as the eastern path and is easy to stray off. A lot more trickier as the path has some very steep muddy banks and small rock faces en route. Spoke to a local gentlemen who said he doesn't see as many people up this hill, compared to Rodney's Pillar. Well worth the effort to go up but might be a bit tricky for some people due to the steep paths, and I wouldn't recommend doing it after heavy rainfall.brandybordeaux25/02/2019
Circuit of the Breidden Hills with Lidsey. 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, quite a stiff breeze. Distance 5.7 miles with 1,935 feet accumulated ascent.Skip13/01/2019
9am ascent up from Middletown. Heavy fog in the valley giving a great inversion from the summit. Very steep up, but a good hill.huwthomas24/12/2018
2/7 Marilyn day. The ascent of Moel y Golfa from the Shepherd's Cottage up through the woods. A round trip of 3km taking just under an hour. (S)silveracorn_alan07/08/2018
P by grit bin @ SJ283120. Good path through woods - summit in open ground - a couple of little rock bands add interest to ascent. Nice hill.ger29/04/2018
Parked at SJ297130. Gate 100m to west was padlocked. Spoke to a local paraglider who said it was a recognised footpath but unmarked. Pleased I had wellington boots for the first field. Good views of River Seven & oxbow lakes being formed.rogreeves16/03/2018
frozen ground and very misty. worth another visit.gettingonabit09/01/2018
Circular walk from SJ297130: Moel y Golfa - New Pieces - Breidden Hill - Middletown Hill.Tony J17/12/2017
A lovely walk, starting from the grit bin parking space at Shepherd's cottage. Nice woodland, good paths, a little rocky bit near the top and spectacular views.Gill04/12/2017
With: hb; Parked at SJ297130, then 100m W on road to Bryn, over gate and followed good path up through field to fence before finger post, over gate and delightful path through mature beech woods to summit tops. Returned same way. Superb views.Ian Baines05/11/2017