The Black Mountain

Less well known than some areas but no less interesting.

A sprawling massif with a more mysterious and secretive air than the hills of the east.  Definitely an area for the connoisseur. Two new free walks leaflets have been published (March 2011) — look out for ‘Rock Ravines’ and ‘From Cwm to Cwm’ which describe walks from Brynaman and Garnant on its southern flanks.

Ceunant Twrch, Y Mynydd Du

The gorge of the River Twrch cuts through the heart of the Black Mountain. Magnificent natural pavements of Twrch Sandstone polished and striated by the passage of glacial ice 20,000 years ago cap the ridge to the east (right) of the river.

  • Brynaman & the Black Mountain Centre — start or end your trip to the Black Mountain in Brynaman.
  • Henllys Vale — still not well known outside the area.  Once a centre of industry and now a place for quiet enjoyment and reflection.
  • Herbert’s Quarry — walk across an ancient sea-floor whilst enjoying panoramic views.
  • Llyn y Fan Fach — some effort required to reach it but worth the climb.
  • Llyn y Fan Fawr — set in a dramatic spot beneath the Black Mountain.