DAY 1 Carmarthen Fans, Brecon Beacons
The Black Mountain is the westernmost massif in the Brecon Beacons National Park and is often described as its last surviving wilderness – with its peaty, upland plateau and sweeping, craggy escarpments towering above glistening lakes. This is a glorious route to the best-known part of these hills, the unmistakeable escarpments of the Carmarthen Fans. This run links a good access track with a spectacular ridge-top path to create a tour of the highest summits of Mynydd Du. The circuit is full of interest – from the legend of the Lady of the Lake at Llyn y Fan Fach, to ancient archaeology and glacial features. The summit of Fan Foel is the site of an early Bronze Age (2000 BC) round barrow, now visible as a stone curb and central cist (a stone box made of slabs). When excavated in 2004, bone remains showed that this held an adult, a young child and an infant, as well as two pigs and possibly a dog. There are options to shorten the route and miss out the second lake, Llyn y Fan Fawr, by taking earlier paths down from the ridge.
Running in the luscious green hills of the Black Mountain