DAY 1 Car­marthen Fans, Bre­con Bea­cons

Trail Running (UK) - - Routes - Lily Dyu and John Price, au­thors of Bre­con Bea­cons Trail Run­ning

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

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