Roundton Hill National Nature Reserve

Roundton Hill National Nature Reserve © MWT/Tamasine Stretton

Wildlife-rich hillfort

Location

Old Churchstoke
Churchstoke
Powys
SY15 6EL

OS Map Reference

SO293946
A static map of Roundton Hill

Know before you go

Size
44 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Reserve car park is approximately 80m beyond the ford

Grazing animals

Cattle & sheep

Walking trails

The terrain is steep and uneven.

Access

Contact the Trust for disabled access information

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to August

About the reserve

From the top of Roundton Hill it's easy to see why an Iron Age hillfort was once sited here - the vantage point offers great viewing across the surrounding countryside. In later years miners worked the hill for lead and barites. Today, the geological and industrial landscapes of Roundton Hill have created a variety of habitats where specialist plants have taken hold. Perhaps the most significant of these are the 'spring ephemerals' - tiny ground-hugging plants that thrive on areas of thin, dry soil. At one time bats may have played a part in ancient rituals but today they are protected in roosts within the old mine adits.

Views from the top of Roundton can be spectacular at any time of year, but to catch the ‘spring ephemerals’ you need to get there early – March/April. Throughout the Spring and Summer, bird song fills the air; also keep your eyes peeled for butterflies, making use of the varied habitats.

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Contact us

Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01938 555654
Contact email: info@montwt.co.uk

Environmental designation

National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)