The Black Mountain – South Wales

The Black Mountain is one of the first mountains I climbed and it was great to return to it again and enjoy the the imposing scarp slope and views over the Brecon Beacons. black mountain wales

Our route took us up a gently sloping ridge all the way to the highest point Fan Brycheiniog at 802 m (2,631 ft)

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We crossed the river and followed the path to the hillside.

river crossing brecon beacons

After a steep start the angle eases and the views open out as the lake Llyn y Fan Fawr comes into view. llyn y fan fawr brecon beacons

Once you have passed the viewpoint to the lake it’s an easy stroll to the top, and a great place for lunch to savour the views. It was slightly overcast when we climbed it but we could still make out Pen Y Fan and the Black Mountains in the east.

llyn y fan fawr

We descended down a well constructed path to the lake below there was not a breadth of wind and I could have sworn I saw the Lady of the Lake. She actually lives in the smaller lake Llyn Y Fan Fach a mile or so along the ridgeline.

llyn y fan fawr

She’s behind you !

walker at llyn y fan fawr

We returned via Bike Park Wales for a well earned coffee and chocolate cake and to check out the routes, it goes without saying that I will be returning to the park soon, but will be avoiding the extreme black runs.

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