Black Mountains 14 Summits Weekend Walk (South Wales)

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Wild Camping
Jul 19

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42km (26 miles) in 2 days

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You can find out more about Wild Camping in the booklet accessible from here...

You need to have mountain walking experience, good equipment and a fairly  high level of fitness to carry your food, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and bivvy bag or small tent for more than 40km  and 1400m of ascent over sometimes boggy and sometimes rocky ground.


. Following a meal (optional) at 6pm in the Bear Hotel (High Street, NP8 1BW, which is less than 100m from the car park and chip shop) in Crickhowell, we will make sure we are ready to leave the car park at7:45pm. It will  then be a 5 minute drive to the secluded layby where we will leave our cars at the hike start point.  Then a steep ascent to the r amparts of the ancient Crug Hywel hill fort to get to the top of Table Mountain (451m), with late evening views over Crickhowell towards the Llangattock Escarpment. Another 340m of ascent will get us over Pen Cerrig-Calch (701m). It may be dark before we find a place to sleep (at an altitude of about 650m), so bring a low output head torch to use while walking and preparing to sleep.

In the morning we'll get to the top of Pen Allt Mawr (719m), for an early morning panoramic view across all of the Black mountains; followed by Pen Twyn Glas (646m) and Mynydd Llysiau (663m) to get to the highest summit Waun Fach (810m) for the first time. We will then go over Rhos Diron (713m), Lord Herefords Knob (690m) and Twyn Talycefn (702m) before heading down to the source of the Grwyne Fawr river to top up our water supplies (YOU NEED TO MAKE APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS TO RENDER THE WATER FIT FOR YOUR CONSUMPTION).

We’ll then climb Waun Fach for the second time and carry on to Pen y Gadair Fawr (800m) and Pen Twyn Mawr (658m) before finding a suitable place to spend our second night high in the mountains. The next morning we will only have Disgwylfa (540m), Crug Mawr (550m) and Blaen-yr Henbant (498m) to contend with, before descending to go over the Upper Cwm Bridge over the Grwyne Fechan, past the ancient church (first recorded in 1060) and into the village of Llanbedr and on to our cars.

Photo Credits: All photos taken by Paul Ridealgh; permission is granted to OutdoorLads for further use.

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