RISING TO A HEIGHT OF 802metres...!
At the summit of Fan Brycheiniog.
The Black Mountain or known to the Regular's as Mynydd Du are the far great west end summits of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
They are very similar in shape and character to the Brecon Beacons as they were all created at the same time due to the finish of the ice-age when the remains of the glacier's dragged there gigantic cliff faced corrie's out of there northern side's.
I like the Black Mountain as to me they are more quiet and not as busy as the Brecon Beacons.
Why do they not get as much attention as the Brecon Beacons...
Firstly Height. The Brecon Beacons are Higher...!
Secondly Names. The Black Mountain... Where are they...?
Well when it comes to where are they.
The actual Black Mountain is not just one summit but an area that covers a vast part of South Wales between the towns of Llandovery, Sennybridge, Abercraf, Brynamman and Llangadog.
It consists of lots of other much smaller summits but the main ones strike the skyline with shear beauty.
These consisting of the summits Bannau Sir Gaer and Fan Brycheiniog. Which this page is primarily for.
Another thing of confusion is they must not get mixed up with the
Black Mountains. These are to the east of the Brecon Beacons National Park between the towns of Abergavenny and Hay on Wye which have there own Summitpost Page via this link.
So the BLACK-MOUNTAIN Range which is This page is dedicated to... As in west of the Brecon Beacons.
Dont get confused...!
Another thing of geographic interest is that the Black Mountain has the source of two of South Wales most famous rivers start on its slopes.
These being the River Usk on the Northern slopes and the Afon Tawe as in (Abertawe Swansea which means mouth of Tawe) on its Eastern slopes.
The Brecon Beacons National Park.
There are many routes up these fine summits from all different surrounding roads.
The main roads passing by this area are.
The A4067 Brecon to Swansea road.
The A4069 Brynamman to Llangadog Road.
The A40 Trunk from Brecon to Llandovery.
All these roads have minor mountain pass roads with plenty of parking on them in easy reach of the summits.
Getting to Swansea and Brecon is Via the Main M4 Motorway all the way from the Severn Bridge or M5 from the Midlands.
Brecon is accessable via the M5 and M50 from the Midlands then via Monmouth, Abergavenny or Merthyr Tydfal and the A470.
From North or Mid Wales the main backbone road as in the A470 goes all the way from Cardiff in the south to Betws y Coed in Snowdonia.
No Red Tape for this area at all.
The Beacons National Park has become very easy with access for walkers hikers etc since the introduction of the Beacons Way long distance footpath.
Just dont damage the surroundings or scare the sheep.
Camping and Accomodation
Camping throughout along side roads in surrounding area.
Bed and breakfasts in many local towns. Such as Brecon, Llandovery, Merthyr Tydfal and the best local cities for after Trek Nightlife and Fun in the bars have to be Cardiff and Swansea.
If camping please take all rubbish with you as i hate to sea people who say they enjoy our scenery and at the same time wreck it.
Safety and Weather:
The area is very remote and no where near as busy as the Brecon Beacons.
In the Mist and Fog it can be difficult to find your way so maps compass GPS and any other common sense should all be used when hiking these summits.
The weather like in all situations can deteriate fast.
Check my favourite 5-Day weather forecast site at www.bbc.co.uk then search weather. Put in the search bar towns such as Neath, Brecon or Llandovery and it gives a good 5-Day forecast for the area.
This site has not let me down YET...!
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