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Most of us know how charming the Brecon Beacons National Park is. I would like us to discover the eastern part of it - The Black Mountains.
The most easterly peaks in the Brecon Beacons are the Black Mountains where you’ll find tiny villages and churches set in a rolling green landscape of picturesque hills and valleys. Don’t mistake the area for the Black Mountain however; the Black Mountain (singular) is a spectacular wilderness environment in its own right, but the Black Mountains (plural) are a little less demanding for the laid-back walker.
We are going to go for a 12 miles walk in the Black Mountains on Saturday to explore some of this area. This part of the Brecon Beacons National Park is a long way from the crowds, erosion and queues found around the more 'honeypot' areas such as Pen-y-Fan, yet offers what I personally consider to be superior walking and superb views.
It’s remote, raw and magnificent.
We plan to visit the Llanthony Priory during our hike on Saturday.
Llanthony Priory was one of the earliest houses of Augustinian canons to be founded in Britain, and is one of only a handful in Wales. It is chiefly famous today for its wild and beautiful setting, far up the Vale of Ewyas in the Black Mountains. It was the priory's remoteness in the Welsh hills which was its undoing, however, making it vulnerable to attack. Giraldus Cambrensis described it, in the late 12th century, as being 'fixed amongst a barbarous people'.
Possibly the second most popular area, due to its close proximity to England, the character of the Black Mountains is slightly different to the rest of the park. Most notable is that there are no steep escarpments here, nor are there any spectacular waterfalls or caves.
Instead, the Black Mountains features four long connected ridges, all of similar height and roughly in the shape of the fingers of a hand. These ridges are fairly level and for the most part they stay above 600m. This makes it possible to plan long high level walks around the area. Although the sides of these ridges can be steep, the walking is generally very easy once you're up on top of them.
We plan to have a shorter walk on Sunday and aim to go back to London around 4 pm.
We rented privately 4 star YHA hostel for two nights just for our group.
Formerly a Victorian cottage hospital, close to the centre of this quaint Herefordshire market town. Just a short drive from The Black Mountains.
This hostel provides excellent modern accommodation:
4 rooms are fully ensuite, 3 rooms have showers, there is a spacious dinning room as well as a cosy living room. It has also got a fantastic game room.
This is one of my favourite hostels in England.
2 nights accommodation,
Financial Consumer Protection according Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992,
guided hikes by Mountain Leader trained at Plas Y Brenin ( The National Mountain Centre http://www.pyb.co.uk/... ) guides, and certified First Aiders
and all meals
(AAA aims for home-made healthy food, catered for vegetarians, vegans and anybody else. Meat we use for our meals is always Halal)
but NOT transport.