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Guided walk at Roundton hillfort

Top of the World! - photo 2824-0003 © CPAT Party of walkers at the summit of Roundton Hillfort.

A party of 9 walkers joined in on a visit, on 5th April, to Roundton Hillfort to the south of Corndon Hill, Montgomeryshire led by Iestyn Thomas of the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust and Bill Britnell of the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust. Points of archaeological interest included the remains of probably 19th-century barytes mining on the slopes of the hill in addition to the small hillfort, probably of Iron Age date, which crowns the top of the hill, formed of a plug of volcanic rock. The hill is prominently sited and takes in panoramic views of mid and north Wales and the borderland, including the Kerry Ridgeway to the south, Montgomery Town Hill and Cader Idris to the west, Snowdonia and the Berwyn to the north-west, Long Mountain and Corndon Hill to the north, the Stiperstones to the east and Long Mynd to the south-east. Other sites of interest which can be seen from the hill include Hurdley Hall, an early 17th-century timber-framed house just to the south of Roundton, set in a landscape of small fields, the site of the Cwm Mawr Bronze Age axe factory in the fields to the east, and the Bronze Age burial cairns on Corndon, just to the north. Those who took part in the walk were pleased to have learnt something about the ancient history and archaeology of Roundton in addition to its natural history.

Roundton Hill sits within the Vale of Montgomery Registered Historic Landscape. Follow this link to find out more about this wider landscape.

Bill Britnell, April 2009

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