Ffridd Faldwyn Hillfort walk

Beechwood path

This is a pleasant circular walk from Montgomery up through beech woodland leading to site of Ffridd Faldwyn Hillfort, through grassland fields and returning via a minor road. The walk takes 1 hour+ including time to take in the views .

From the Town Hall walk past the shops along Broad Street and out towards the ‘Ivy House’ Cafe.  Turn left onto Princes Street and  take the Newtown road out of Montgomery (B4385).  Keep walking straight on and ignore roads off to the left and right of this main road.  You will soon walk out of Montgomery,  passing steep rocky cliffs on your left.  Ignoring the first Stile on the left proceed out of town to where the 30mph speed limit turns into the national 60mph limit.  There is then a large steel gate on your left leading into a field.  This is the start point for the walk.

View of the footpath from B4385 (Google Streetview)

View of the footpath from B4385 (Google Streetview)

Enter the field and follow the footpath over to the right, up the slope. Enter the woods and keep going up. You now have a very pleasant, albeit uphill, stroll through mature beechwood. The cool shade is a welcome relief on a hot summer day, and the trees offer shelter from the wind on cooler days. Enjoy the birdsong, and perhaps the not-so-distant sound of a woodpecker. Not far into the wood, there is a right branch to another footpath, but for this route keep left and keep on walking up the hill. Eventually, you will reach the summit. Over to your right as you ascend, there are marvellous North-West views towards the River Severn and beyond.

View North-West from the summit

View North-West from the summit

When you reach the grassy meadow at the top, you are now walking on the site of the Iron Age hillfort of Ffridd Faldwyn. Currently, its main inhabitants appear to be rabbits and sheep! It is well worth spending time looking around and enjoying the views at different points:

Dave enjoying the views

Dave enjoying the views

Sheep in the new bracken

Sheep in the new bracken

Keep going through this clearing. As you begin to descend, the path takes you towards a stile. Past here, keep walking across fields, bearing right, until you reach a roadside gate. Over the hill, it is possible to obtain views of Montgomery Castle, such as this one silhouetted in the morning sun:

View of Montgomery castle silhouetted

View of Montgomery castle silhouetted

Once on the road, turn left and walk back into Montgomery.

Additonal information on Ffridd Faldwyn:

http://www.cpat.org.uk/educate/guides/ffrydd/ffrydd.htm  

http://www.castlewales.com/ffridd_faldwyn.html

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