The Brecon Beacons ( Bannau Brycheiniog) National park established in 1957 is a mountain range in South Wales. The National Park is around 42 miles wide and covers approximately 520 square miles of South and Mid Wales, which includes parts of Powys, Carmarthenshire, Monmouthshire, Rhondda and Merthyr Tydfil. They rise to 886 metres at Pen y Fan, the highest peak in southern Britain. The park is roughly divided into three areas, the Central Beacons which include South Wales’ highest mountain, Pen y Fan, the Western Beacons also know as Fforest Fawr ( great forest ) also included in that foot print is the wild and remote Carmarthen Fans , 3rd and finally the collection of hills known as the Black Mountains which happen to be my home turf.
The Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon) are a group of hills spread across parts of Powys and Monmouthshire in southeast Wales, and extending across the national border into Herefordshire, England. Frequently confused with the westernmost range, which is known as the Black Mountain. To confuse matters further, there is a peak in the Black Mountains called Black Mountain. The Black Mountains may be roughly defined as those hills contained within a triangle defined by the towns of Abergavenny in the southeast, Hay-on-Wye in the north and the village of llangorse in the west. The highest mountain in the group is Waun Fach whose heavily eroded peat summit plateau attains a height of 811 metres (2,661 ft). Other significant summits towards the northern edge of the range include the 703 metres (2,306 ft) peak of Black Mountain with its northern outpost of Hay Bluff ( Penybegwn), 677 metres (2,221 ft), Rhos Dirion, 713 metres (2,339 ft) and Lord Hereford’s Knob or Twmpa, 690 metres (2,264 ft). Towards the south of the range are the more independent summits of Crug Mawr at 550 metres (1,804 ft), Pen Allt-mawr at 719 metres (2,359 ft) and the 701 metres (2,300 ft) peak of Pen Cerrig-calch which rises prominently above the Usk Valley. Outlying summits, all of which are classed as Marilyns, include the Sugar Loaf ( Pen-y-Fal), Mynydd Troed and Mynydd Llangorse. The lower and separate hills of Allt yr Esgair, Myarth, Bryn Arw and Ysgyryd Fawr (also known as ‘The Skirrid’, Skyrrid or ‘Holy Mountain’) are scattered along the southern fringe of the Black Mountains.
I am a very privileged human-being, I was born in the shadow of and grew up in the Black Mountains Brecon Becaons National Park in Wales. As a child I would play in the woods making dens and discovering the local wildlife, as a teenager I would take off for days with a tent, rucksack and dog to just walk and explore the hills. As an adult I have spent most my working and private life immersed in the area. I know it is very much an old cliché but I do know the area like the back of my hand, its moods, its beauty and its varied flora & fauna. So its with a certain amount of gratitude and responsibility that I aim through my photography, films, writing’s and action to help promote a place that has given me so very much
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