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Foel Drygarn Hillfort, Preseli Hills Walk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 1.8 miles / 2.9 km

Ascent - 350 feet / 106 metres

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SN165331
Lat 51.9660080 + Long -4.6724985
Postcode SA66 7SA (approx. location only)

This short Pembrokeshire walk up to the Iron Age hillfort of Foel Drygarn takes you to most easterly summit of the Preseli Hills. As you near the summit, the path gets steeper, but you soon are rewarded for your efforts as you able to enjoy one of the finest views in this beautiful part of West Wales. It is worth noting that the Preseli Hills are part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and on a clear day you can see this often rugged coast.

The start is a layby (grid ref. SN165331) on a minor road near Blaenbanon which lies just over a kilometre west from the A478, south of Crymych. Note the parking area has limited capacity and you may need to park elsewhere on busy days.

After parking, cross the road and follow the waymarked track north. The track is enclosed by hedges and leads to a gate with an adjacent information board, which gives a potted history of the area and hillfort. Go through the gate and follow the wall on your right. A short way along the wall a grassy path heads half left up the hill. Follow this to the summit.

The summit area has the remains of the hillfort and an OS trig column (363 metres above sea level). Spend some time enjoying the 360-degree panorama. Don't forget to the explore the remains of this substantial hillfort. To return to the start, take the clear path heading south from the trig point to the left-hand corner of a plantation. Descend to the plantation and turn left along a wide grassy track. This is the Golden Road which crosses the main ridge of the Preseli Hills. Continue to the gate used on the outward leg of the walk. Follow the enclosed track back to the start.

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