Black Mountain Walks and Dark Sky Astronomy Weekend
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The Black Mountains of South Wales are home to some of the most spectacular mountain ridges and lakes, and we will be staying at a former Inn, which is now a Hostel close to the mountain Fan Brycheiniog at 802m, the highest point in S.Wales
On the Friday evening we will have the usual meet and greet buffet, so do bring some food and drink to share.
On the Saturday we will do a big walk from the hostel, up the valley and then on to the ridge that climbs high above Llyn y Fan Fach which is famously known in Welsh legend as home to the Lady of the Lake. The walk continues high along the ridge talking in the highest point at Fan Brycheiniog at 802m. Nearby the summit of Picws Du has a bronze age burrial site and there are also stone circles to be seen on the descent.
Depending on the weather and the wishes of the group, the walk length will be in the range 7 to 10 miles, possibly taking in a walk round Llyn Fan Fawr. It's possible if we have other leaders on the event, more than one walk might be avilable.
The Sunday walk will be relatively short to allow people to get home at a reasonable time.
This area of the Black Mountains is renown for its dark skies and a second aspect to the event is STARGAZING.
The event is led by Ken Elliott who is a retired professional astronomer, who will bring a 6" (150mm) refractor on a computer controlled portable mount.
The date has been chosen on a date when we can see 4 planets - Saturn Jupiter, possibly Neptune and Pluto as well as the moon.
If anyone has their own telescope or binoculars, do please bring them along.
We hope to observe both Friday and Saturday evenings
Dogs: This event is not suitable for dogs.
What to bring
Usual kit for a walking and hostel event.
If you have telescopes or binouculars, please bring them too.
For observing, warm clothing, wooly hat and a torch are also useful.
Food & drink
Bring food and drink for the buffet on the Friday night and also enough provisions for packed lunch for both Saturday and Sunday
We will provide breakfast Saturday and Sunday and evening meal on the Saturday night.