Please Note: Rodney’s Pillar is currently fenced off due to its current state of disrepair. The fencing is expected to remain in place for an extended amount of time until repair work is completed.
Admiral Rodney’s Pillar is between Oswestry and Welshpool. This striking landmark gives wonderful views towards the River Severn and Offa’s Dyke Path.
While you are here, don’t miss a visit to Welshpool and one of the great little trains of Wales. The Welshpool to Llanfair Caerinion Railway steams through wonderful Mid Wales countryside.
The Breidden Hills are an isolated group of three peaks above the right bank of the River Severn about 6 miles north east of Welshpool. The Breidden Hill is a volcanic feature, which dominates the area and stands over 1200ft high. Footpaths lead up to the summit with wonderful views of Shropshire & Wales. There are remains of an old hill fort en route which may have been the site of the last stand of Caractacus. Rodney’s Pillar, an obelisk commemorating Admiral Rodney’s victory over the French in 1782 stands at the top and was built by the gentlemen of Montgomeryshire who supplied oak from the area & shipped them down the river Severn to Bristol where Admiral Rodney’s fleet was built.
Middletown Hill, the second peak is about 1195ft and stands on the north side of Middletown Village. There are remains of an ancient camp, Cefn- y-Castell. Moel-y- Golfa is the highest of the three peaks at 1324 ft and is largely wooded.
There are footpaths over the Breiddens which can be accessed off the B4393 Llandrinio to Crew Green road, turn right towards Criggion.
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