The Black Mountain – Earth’s riches

Black Mountain Centre and the Black Mountain Quarries

Start your day with a drink or a full breakfast at the Black Mountain Centre in Brynaman then follow the mountain road to the old Black Mountain quarry complex.

Enjoy extensive panoramic views west to Pembrokeshire, south to the Bristol Channel and north to Plynlimon on clear days. Limestone, silica rock and silica sand were quarried here until the 1950’s. Encounter Bronze Age cairns along the Beacons Way to the east and west of the quarries or enjoy the more intimate – and sheltered – wooded valleys on the Black Mountain’s southern fringe.

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.

If you’ve got an hour or less:

If you’ve got half a day (2-4 hours):

If you’ve got a full day (5-8 hours):

  • Explore a section of the Beacons Way from the Black Mountain quarries.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Twrch Trwyth, wild boar of legend, visiting sites mentioned in The Mabinogion. Pick up a copy of the Amman Valley walks and trail pack.

Did you know . . ?

. . . . that the Amman Valley was a stronghold of the Welsh language when George Borrow visited ‘Gwter Fawr’ (modern day Brynaman) in the 1840’s – and it remains so today.