Walking Routes The Black Mountains

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“The Black Mountains of the Welsh-English Border are a singularly unspoilt group of long and lofty ridges separated by valleys of diversified charm, decending steeply towrads the Wye on the northern side, and on the southern sides less abruptly towrads the Usk.”
                                                           P.Thoresby Jones


The Black Mountains by its nature of parallel ridges allows the walker the luxury of a circular walk, almost never having to tread the same ground twice on the same day. With traces of Neolithic burial Cairns and standing stones to a once great castle which was the site of horrific battles that turned the Rhiangoll river red. The Black Mountains are rich picking for the history buff with evidence of mankind evident from the last ice age right through to the Victorian era. The open moorland holds a growing stock of the enigmatic red grouse or the hectic wildfowl haven that is llangorse lake all a must see for the wildlife fan. For those who are avid peak baggers there is a choice of 29 summits selfies to be collected. The Black Mountains touches three counties and holds within the Offas Dyke path, which follows the boundary between Wales and England so one can walk with one foot in Wales and one in England.  There are several outlining hills which are a perfect place if you just want a couple of hours out of the house or you fancy exploring one of the many Nature reserves or SSSI`s that are tucked away through out the 80 square miles. With Abergavenny, Crickhowell, Talgarth and Hay on Wye all with in walking distance of the hills with reasonably good public transport routes. For the festival lover there are several walking festivals Crickhowell, Monmouthshire & Talgarth all stepping out into the hills.


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