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Slwch Tump



SO 057284

An iron age hillfort that is close to the centre of Brecon, Powys.

It isn't a sensible idea to try and drive up to it as it is along a mud trackway. The site is pasture, so there shouldn't be a problem with bracken, but if wet the track to it will be muddy.

A public footpath circles the site, I met a landowner/worker when I was off the path and he was friendly. From the B4602 it is a 15 minute walk to the site (all uphill).

B 4602, just to the north of the hospital is a public footpath on the right.
Take it, and when prompted by a sign for a Youth Hostel, follow that until you pass a TV Relay Station on your left.

Shortly afterwards you will come to a gate and stile, up and across the field is Slwch Tump.

It has a single scarp which the Cadw guide for the region states is between 3 and 4.6 metres high. there is no ditch or counterscrap. It is possible to walk completely around the site on the bank. More recent field boundaries divide the enclosed area of the hillfort.

Cadw guide gives the defended area as 242m by 187m.

The area inside the bank gently rises, there are signs of quarrying. Field entrances give the impression that it has two entrances, but the Cadw guide believes the original one to be the most northerly one.

"...the hill was formerly known as Penginger or Pen Cefn y Gaer, the hilltop ridge with the hillfort".
Posted by elderford
23rd February 2003ce
Edited 1st July 2003ce

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