The Black Mountain Brecon Beacons October 2013

October 2013: my annual birthday walk. This time the plan was for a spot of backpacking. Heavily laden with tents, food, and an excess of alcohol we set off in high spirits.

Our aim was to ascend to the ridge and walk the Carmarthen Fans & Fan Brycheiniog of the Mynyyd Du or Black Mountain in the western end of Brecon Beacons National Park

Waun Lefrith (677m)

...and one daredevil sheep


Picws Du (749m)

Summit of the Carmarthen Fans

From Picws Du it was on to the high point of the walk: Fan Brycheiniog, where we were privileged to witness Red Kites duelling with Crows in a dogfight worthy of World War aces.

Fan Brycheiniog (802m) The high point of the Black Mountain, the old County of Brecknockshire, and our walk.

β€œIt may be true that he travels farthest who travels alone, but the goal thus reached is not worth reaching.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

The twin sentinels of Pen y Fan & Corn Du from the summit

Descending to Lyn y Fan Fawr and scoping potential camping spots. We soon realised we had forgotten the tent poles in our haste to start walking! The best laid plans of mice & men...

Walking back across boggy, tufted moorland we were watched by this proud looking chap, no doubt wondering what these overburdened apes could possibly want in such a place.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." - John Muir


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