Originally, this was to be a blog about my preparations to enter the TGO Challenge in 2012. For a variety of reasons that didn't happen, so this has now become the repository for my outdoor musings.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

A Day on The Black Mountain

I rearranged my work this week so I could take advantage of what looked to be a decent weather forecast for Wednesday. I shot over to the western side of the Brecon Beacons National Park and spent the day on the north eastern fringe of the Black Mountain (possibly the coolest name for a mountain?)

It was a fairly straightforward route, up the escarpment edge of Fan Hir to Fan Brycheiniog, then west along the edge to Bannau Sir Gaer, down to the Llyn Y Fan Fach and back to the start underneath the cliffs I'd previously been on top of.

It is a stunning place.

View from Fan Hir

Llyn Y Fan Fawr

Picws Du

Llyn Y Fan Fach

Bannau Sir Gaer

Llyn Y Fan Fach

Below Bwlch Blaen Twrch

Fan Hir

One other thing, what a difference a year makes. I was striding along, viewing the landscape with a wild camper's eye, and hatching plans. Anyone want to join me on the inaugural Brecon Beacons Three Peak Challenge..?


  1. Llyn Y Fan Fach is my favorite pic.. you could say I'm a Fan.. give me time I'm only just old enough for puns!

  2. Hi,

    An area I know well. May I ask an unconnected query? Have you backpacked any of the Cotswold Way as I see you live in Cheltenham. My sister in law also lives there and I thought about dropping wifey off and then going for a walk

  3. Hi there welshpaddler, thanks for popping by! To answer your question, I haven't backpacked any of the Cotswold Way, although strolls and bike rides have had me criss crossing it. I really ought to do it one day!