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The Black Mountains


The Black Mountains are situated in the north of the Brecon Beacons National Park, a collection of old sandstone hills they are dramatic and beautiful, covered in thick grass, heather and an array of wonderful wildlife.  The Black Mountains form a natural border between Wales and England.  

There are a number of great towns around the Black Mountains, including Hay-on-Wye, Talgarth, Crickhowell, Llangorse and Abergavenny. It is a culturally active community and there are a range of markets, festivals, events and general goings on throughout the year.

The Black Mountain hosts a number of well-known peaks, including Hay Bluff, The Sugar Load and The Skirrid as well as Waun Fach, the highest peak in the range.

Walking is a hugely popular activity in this area, with access to The Offa’s Dyke National Trail as well as the Beacons Way and Marches Way.  There are some fantastic Mountain Bike routes in Talgarth, the Three Rivers Ride provides an opportunity for horse riders to explore the northern slopes.  The area is also steeped in history and a visit to the beautiful site of Llanthony Abbey over mountain passes and into a lush valley will be a welcome escape.  The towns are also historic and characterful and you’ll come across a number of ancient churches as you explore the Black Mountains.