Cefnllys Castle

Cefnllys Castle is a breathtakingly beautiful historic wander that, like all good castles, has wonderful 360° views. Whilst it is now only earthworks the site stretches over the top of the hill for some distance, watch out for sudden drops. The access to this site is steep and the littlest of legs will likely need a helping hand; it is not suitable for wheels. Parking is at a council maintained picnic spot, other facilities 2 miles away in Llandrindod.  

Cefnllys Castle

Distance: 1.7 miles  – to the top and a wander round

Time: 1 ½ hours at a slow pace without any substantial stops


Park at the Cefnllys Picnic Area (Shaky Bridge). This is a lovely spot to stop and play at any time with a river to paddle in and shady woods to build dens. There is also a woodland walk around Bailey Einon nature reserve.

This site also features in the Penybont, Landegley & Cefnllys Heritage Story Walks. The aerial photo shows the boundaries of the common land and some well worn paths to Cefnllys Castle – we followed the least steep route!

From the carpark follow the road left and at the corner turn right and go through the big metal gate.

Go over the not-so-shaky bridge and follow the worn path across the field towards the trees. There are some lovely beachy areas along the river for little legs to paddle when the river is low and slow.

The path continues through the trees and out the other side.

Follow the track across the field, towards the upper boundary fence and big metal gate. You can see the castle earthworks peeping over the top of the hill.

Through the gate is a QR code that links to the Heritage Story Walks.

There is a worn path just here that goes directly up the hill to the castle at the top. It is very steep! We have climbed this before but wouldn’t necessarily recommend for little legs, or even bigger ones… it also gets very overgrown with bracken at certain times of year. But if you’re after a challenge then head on up.

When you reach this wall follow it up to a grassy another grassy track at the top.
…where the hill opens up for full exploring. As this is open access common land you are free to wander around the top of the hill and explore the castle earthworks as you wish. We did a big circle around the top.
The views are just stunning.
To complete our circle we walked back along the least windy side of the hill with great river views.
There are some tracks in the ground that help navigate the steeper sides.

When you see this farm in the distance it’s time to start heading down and following the track towards the trees.

Follow the stoney track back down the hill, through the gate, across the field, through the trees and towards the bridge. There are lots of blackberries to snack on at the right time of year.

Click on the map to view on ViewRanger

Directions: In Llandrindod Wells at the mini-roundabout on the A483, take the exit signposted for Welsh Assembly Government. Continue straight ahead for 1 mile. At the end of the urban area, bear right at the sharp bend heading uphill. Continue for approx 1½miles and you will see a Powys County Council sign by the Shaky Bridge picnic area. Park here.

Happy wandering.

The Beckingham family

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