The Black Mountains
The Black Mountains are south of Fforest Fields and spread across Powys and Monmouthshire and cross the border into Herefordshire. They are one of our favourite ranges, majestic and dramatic with clear ridges and steep ridges. In the valleys below are small villages and ancient pathways, beautiful tumble down Abbeys and gurgling streams. The Black Mountains are part of the Brecon Beacons National Park although they are separate and are roughly defined as the hills between Abergavenny, Hay on Wye and Llangorse. Other towns near the Black Mountains include Talgarth and Crickhowell.
There are a number of abandoned quarries around the range, which were once a source of walling and roofing stone used across the area.
The area is particularly popular with hill walkers, mountain biking or horse riding. You can also access Offa’s Dyke National Trail, Beacons Way and the Marches Way from the Black Moutains. The local towns are also great to explore, with Hay on Wye (bibliophiles dream) and Abergavenny (culinary treat) near the mountain range. If your interest is in history then discover Llanthony Priory in the Vale of Ewyas, or Tretower Castle and the Iron Age hill fort of Crug Hywelwhich are all worth exploring.
The Skirrid Mountain Inn, in the valley en route to Abergavenny claims to be the oldest public house in Wales, with records documenting its presence from AD 1100. The interior is dark and impressive, with dozens of artefacts adoring the walls. Outside is a pleasant garden with picnic benches and is worth a stop off for a pint after a march along to Hay Bluff.
Most of the range is accessible on foot, making this a great destination for walkers wishing to experience a quiet part of our Park. The Beacons Way traverses the range roughly from east to west.
There are three challenging and enjoyable routes in the region south of Sennybridge.
The range is crossed from north to south by long, rugged bridleways that will satisfy experienced riders.
Watching red kites
These magnificent birds are now common in the region once again and can be seen in close-up at the Red Kite Feeding Centre, Llanddeusant.
Visit Carreg Cennen Castle, one of our most splendid ruins, perched on a crag.