Mountain rank by height: 186 out of 188
Height: 2,001ft | 610m
Region: Central Wales
Grid ref: SO213636

One of the smallest mountains in Wales, and one that is actually called Hill – as opposed to all of the hills in Wales which are called mountains. I walked this mountain approaching from the summit of the nearby Black Mixen and the walk is gentle, with wide clear paths and only gentle descent and ascent.

Bache Hill
Bache Hill viewed from the descent from Black Mixen. | Tamron Adaptall SP 28-80 @ 28mm, f11.

Bache Hill summit is clearly visible as the trig point is on a burial mound, that is possibly Bronze age. At just 610m some have questioned whether Bache Hill is truly a mountain as they suspect it is the man-made burial ground that takes it up to 610m.

Bache Hill
Bache Hill’s distinctive summit. | Tamron Adaptall SP 28-80 @ 80mm, f11.

You ascend heading right and then need to take a left to approach the summit. The rise is very gentle and skirts some farmer’s field, you should be able to see the stile ahead of you to walk towards.

The Whimble
Looking South you get good views of the prominent Whimble, standing at 599m. | Tamron Adaptall SP 28-80 @ 80mm, f11.

On a warm and sunny April day this really was an idyllic walk, and it hardly felt like walking three mountains, more like a gentle stroll in the country.

Looking back at the gentle path. | Tamron Adaptall SP 28-80 @ 28mm, f11.

The approach to the trig point is a narrow path through the short and thick heather.

Bache Hill
Bache Hill. | Tamron SP 28-80 @ 80mm, f11.

The views from the trig point are wide and vast, as Bache Hill slops away to the North and the end of this range of mountains. The valley is laid out below with the classic patchwork of fields stretching for miles.

Bache Hill
Bache Hill. | Tamron Adaptall SP 28-80 @ 80mm, f11.
Bache Hill
Bache Hill with Black Mixen in the distance. | Tamron Adaptall SP 28-80 @ 80mm, f11.

If you want to complete the same loop that I did you can proceed down the path to the North and then do a U-turn, picking up the broad footpath that takes you to the Whimble – which is a hill that is really worth doing. You can then drop down towards New Radnor, and take a footpath right at the Motte and Castle, heading towards a valley stream. You can cross that stream and head upwards towards Fron Hill, which you then cross and can drop back down to Water-breaks-its-neck carpark.

The patchwork of fields and some distant hills. | Tamron Adaptall SP 28-80 @ 80mm, f11.
The Whimble
The gentle path to the Whimble. | Tamron Adaptall SP 28-80 @ 28mm, f11.