Mounting steps were a common sight in the years up to the early 20th century, usually at churches for the benefit of parishioners attending services. There are examples in England of mounting steps at the top of steep lanes to enable riders to remount after leading their horses to the top of the hill. Generally speaking, their use began to decline as wheeled transport and better roads became the norm.
Today, mounting steps are rare, having been generally removed and the stone recycled. To find one in such a good state of repair as those by the Church at Llanynys is especially uncommon. It is possible that the isolation of the village is the cause of its survival. Today, they serve to remind us of an age very different from our own.
The mounting steps at Llanynys are at the entrance to St Saeran's.