We have recently formed ‘Llangrove mountain and hill walking group’. With the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons on our doorstep we have ample opportunity to plan walks of about 10-12 miles, with a decent amount of ascent, say 800-900metres. We aim for a walk a month. Given that we’ll be in rough terrain some of the time, it is assumed that you will be equipped and dressed appropriately. If you’re interested in joining, please contact Beryl at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tel 01989 770194.
We anticipate that the group will take it in turns to choose & lead the walks, but don’t worry if you don’t want to do that – just come along and enjoy a day in the mountains.
Some examples of our early walks, which continue through the year...
Our first walk was on Thursday April 9th: On a beautiful day, 4 of us (plus 1 four-legged friend) drove to Little Black Hill in the Eastern Black Mountains to begin a 12 mile circuit, taking in Hay Bluff, Twmpa, Capel-y-Ffin, Hatterall Hill & Olchon Valley to get back to the start. It’s quite a challenging walk, but we set a steady pace, and stopped to admire the scenery and wildlife, which included red kites, buzzards, meadow pipits and skylarks, mountain ponies, and even a brief glimpse of a lizard. All in all, it was a very enjoyable inaugural walk for this new group.
We enjoyed a second walk on May 7th, taking in the waterfalls circuit from Pontneddfechan. We walked about 8.5 miles, with just about 400m of ascent - 8 waterfalls visited, and hardly a spot of rain! Myself (Beryl), Jim and Chris were treated to the spectacle of a group of lads jumping from the top of our final waterfall, Sgwd Gwladys, into the pool below. The first to jump bared all (said it was the only way to do it!), and said the water was freezing..... We took his word for it.
After the rain over the previous days, the waterfalls were excellent – we walked behind both Sgwd yr Eira & Sgwd Gladys, to the roar of the water crashing down. As it was mid-week, there were few others about, and the fact that the trees aren’t in full leaf yet meant that we were able to see more than would be possible in a few weeks time. Sadly, I left my camera at home, so we’ll have to return in the Autumn when the colours are at their best.
On 21st May 4 of us met & drove to Llanbedr to begin a walk in the Black Mountains. We began by climbing onto Crug Mawr, then made our way along the moorland and down to Blaenau. A bit of lane walking led us to Green Cottage, and access to the route onto Pen Cerrig Calch – a bit of a slog to get to the trig pillar at the top, but great views as a reward for all the effort. From there we re-traced our steps towards Crug Hywel to explore ‘Howell’s fort’. All downhill from there to get back to the car, after another great day in glorious weather. We’d covered about 10 miles, and made about 900m of ascent overall.