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February 7-9 Brecon Beacons National Park

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Join us on all inclusive with home made hearty meals winter hiking weekend!

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.

This area is especially beautiful in winter, we had fantastic time a few years ago hiking there in snow with a group!

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 (http://www.castlewales.com/gerald.html) 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 3-30 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.

Price of £108 includes:

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/... (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.

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Trip Itinerary

Friday:

6 pm onwards arriving

8 pm dinner - some vegetable soup, ham, cheese and AAA London Group "speciality" - home made banana cake , drinks (variety of tea, cocoa, coffee or your favourite ones if you have brought it with you .

Food is available until midnight or the last person arrived!

Saturday:

8-8:45 am breakfast ( fresh brewed coffee, juice, just made for you porridge with choices of toppings, cereals, yogurts, sausages, eggs, baked beans)

8-8:45 am making your own sandwiches for lunch from some food provided plus fruit, crisps, chocolates

8:45 -9 am tidy up a kitchen and a dinning room

9-9:20 am all equipped and ready to go gathering for hike briefing

( we usually have 2-3 hikes organised on the same day for you to choose from with different distance and pace to suite you according your fitness level, abilities and gear.) Hikes are led by experienced leaders/First Aiders.

We can not tell you the hike routes until the morning on a day. All depends on the weather. Safety first!

Hikes may vary from 7 to 16 miles, return at about 4-5 pm

4-6 pm Cream Tea time: some scones, cookies, cakes with tea, coffee, favourite drinks.

8 pm dinner

Sunday:

8-8:45 am breakfast, making your packed lunch as on Saturday

8:45 -9:30 am tidy up a kitchen and a dinning room, pack your bags and put them in cars, getting ready to go

9:30 am all equipped and ready to go gathering for hikes briefing

10 am leave hostel for shorter hikes for 6-9 miles

2:30 - 3 pm pop in the pub for a hot drink

3:30 pm leave for London

AAA prides itself for great organisation but this itinerary is subject to change due to weather and other uncontrolled circumstances.

Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.

Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance.

The BMC: http://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Policies.aspx

offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at competitive rates.