Roundton Hill Nature Reserve

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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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Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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 80 m beyond the ford.

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.

Accessible by Public Transport: Welshpool station is 12 miles away.

Roundton Hill Nature Reserve

Type:Nature Reserve

Old Churchstoke, Churchstoke, Powys, SY15 6EL

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