The Roundabout Walk at The Begwns certainly lives up to the National Trust tagline “all the views, none of the climb.” This gentle uphill wander has the most breathtaking 360 degree views of the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and Radnorshire hills; we could even see the Malvern hills and the Shropshire hills too! It is an open, exposed hillside so best avoided in high wind or driving rain, absolutely perfect on a clear day to appreciate all you can see. Parking is on the side of the road and at the top of the hill is an enclosed wooded area that is perfect for picnics. Whilst this walk is short with an OS map and some planning you could walk all day.
Roundabout Walk, The Begwns
Distance: around a mile
Time: 20 mins if you march up and down (we were here for hours!)
From the parking area you can see the wooded roundabout at the top of the hill.
Wander up the hill! There are a number of tracks for you to choose from, all heading towards the trees at the top.
At the top there is a trig point and a gate into the Roundabout… which to go to first?!
The views from the trig point are just incredible.
This continues as you wander round the roundabout. I’ll let the photos do the talking.
Through the gate into the roundabout there is a sitting area where we set up our picnic.
The trees were gorgeous, planted in 2000 for the millennium, and perfect for a quick climb.
Our adventurer couldn’t get enough of that view.
After a play and a picnic we wandered back down the hill to the car.
Having fun with our long evening-sun shadows on the way…
.. and a pool with brilliant reflections.
Click on the map below to view it on ViewRanger.
The OS grid reference is: SO162443
This is a National Trust site however there is open access and no parking charge.
Directions (from the National Trust): Take minor road from Clyro to Painscastle 0.75 miles (1.2km). Before entering Painscastle take left turn and a left turn again up hill to the car park, on the grass verge on the right, at the top of the hill.
The Beckingham Family