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Roundton Hill

Roundton Hill

Roundton Hill

Nature Reserve, free entry



01938 555654


SY15 6EL


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.

Best time to visit:
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.

Visiting Roundton Hill:
Site criss-crossed by paths, some narrow, steep & uneven; sorry there is no disabled access to this reserve.

Well-behaved dog owners are welcome - remember, you dog doesn't know that it is a nature reserve, so please help us retain this privilege by keeping him on a lead and clearing up any mess.

Accepts groups

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Open all the time


Free entry



Plan route to Roundton Hill using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 292946  Lat: 52.54495 Long: -3.04427

By Car: Roundton Hill is signposted (Brown Duck signs) from the village of Churchstoke. Approaching from Welshpool on the A490, as you enter Churchstoke, turn left over the bridge, then first left signposted towards Old Churchstoke. Follow the road for 1 mile, turn right, follow the road for another mile, then turn right and follow this lane until you come to the reserve entrance gate. The reserve car park is approximately 80m beyond the ford.

By Bus: The nearest bus stop is in Old Churchstoke, approximately 600m from the reserve. There are two kissing gates off the road running parallel to the reserve on the northern side.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 12 miles from Welshpool station


  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
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