What is the Twmp on Twmbarlwm?
First and foremost it is a Scheduled Ancient Monument – but just how ancient is open to much speculation – there’s an official plaque on the mound which says:–
“This mound, a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle, was built in the 12th – 13th century to control the ridgeway and surrounding area. It stands on the eastern flank of a rock cut ditch enclosing about 12 acres. Thought to be an iron-age hill fort but perhaps of medieval construction…”
In truth its history is richer than the plaque suggests. As the site of a Bronze-age cairn, Iron-age hill fort, Roman beacon and early Norman motte and bailey castle Twmbarlwm is an iconic landmark which has attracted pilgrimages for centuries.
There are many theories and opinions on its history – and it is an aim of CTS to research and discover its hidden secrets.
What Makes Twmbarlwm So Important?
The majestic mountain of Twmbarlwm has a strong hold on locals and visitors alike. It is the first mountain seen on the horizon as travellers cross the Severn Bridge.
Those who trek to the top are rewarded with magnificent views over the Severn Estuary to the south and the Brecon Beacons to the north – on clear days the panorama includes seven counties.
The hilltop habitat is home to some endangered species such as the Cuckoo and Skylark and even the Red Kite is now seen in the area.
Much of the area is Common Land where local farmers exercise their ancient rights to graze their cattle and sheep.
The many myths and legends surrounding Twmbarlwm are an important part of the heritage of the people of south east Wales.
This is a charity event to help raise money to support patients and their families throughout Newport, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Powys. If you would like to raise some sponsorship for taking part in the challenge we would be very grateful.
Begin your fundraising by creating a Just Giving page or downloading a sponsorship form below.
What's the minimum age for taking part?
- One ascent – No age limit
- Three ascents – Min age 12 on the day of the event
- Five ascents – Min age is 16 on the day of the event
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their legal guardian or parent.
What times does the event start?
Depending on how many times you plan on climbing Twmbarlwm, times are as follows:
- 5 times: register from 5.30am, start walking from 6.00am
- 3 times: register from 9.00am, start walking from 9.30am
- 1 time: register from 10.00am, start walking from 10.30am