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Corndon Hill - Priest Weston - Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle Walk

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Corndon Hill - Lan Fawr - Priest Weston - Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle

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 to just 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 first 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. The next hill is Corndon's smaller brother, Lan Fawr (Welsh for 'Big Hill').  It's only a short climb in comparison, but very pleasant.  From here, it's a steeper drop down to the little village of Priest Weston and possibly the Miner's Arms.  

The last call of the day 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 and all dogs must be on a lead whilst on the Access Land.

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