Corndon Hill and Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle

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Corndon Hill dominates this part of Powis with its distinctive shape, multiple summits and wild appearance. Most of the hill (and much of its surroundings) is Access Land and though there are few paths around its four summits, the terrain is sufficiently forgiving just to wander. To reach the first (and highest) summit, our walk starts in Shropshire, near the interestingly named village of White Grit. We quickly enter Wales and skirt the base of Corndon Hill as far as the first access point.

Here, the only steep climb of the day starts, but the view over to the Stiperstones and the other Shropshire Hills will give you plenty of opportunity to draw breath and soon you will reach the top. I think you'll agree that the view makes the climb well worth the effort, taking in as it does not only the Shropshire Hills behind, but ahead as far as Snowdonia and north to the Clwydian mountains.

After a crossing to two of the three other summits, we leave the paths and descend (steeply) once more to the base of Corndon Hill. A compass may come in handy here if visibility is poor. Some easy walking back to the car park allows us to enjoy the scenery, but the day's not over when we reach it. A short distance further up the track is Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle. Erected in approximately 2000-1400BC by local Bronze Age communities, it has an excellent position beside Stapeley Hill. There is a story that one of the stones is a petrified witch (named Mitchell) who was punished for milking a magic cow through a sieve. The good people of the area then set a circle of other stones around her to prevent her from escaping. This legend has even been carved into a sandstone pillar in nearby Middleton Church. Local folklore also suggests that King Arthur drew Excalibur from one of the stones here, to become King of the Britons.

Dog owners, please note the presence of sheep; all dogs must be on a lead whilst on the Access Land.

There is a longer version of this walk which incorporates a visit to the nearby village of Priest Weston (with its pub) and also a shorter version.

Wales - Mid Wales - Powys - Countryside


Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor
8/28/2009 - Margaret Baldry

April 2009 - We followed this walk from White Grit to Priest Weston and back. An excellent stretch with very steep ascents and descents - poles very useful for weak knees! The pub at Priest Weston (Free House) was very welcoming.

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