Black Mountains Traverse Challenge

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Start: Llangors Church
Distance: 24 miles (38 km)
Grid Ref: SO135276
Climbing: 2,366 metres
Walk time: 9-14 hours
Days: 1-2

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Black Mountains Traverse Challenge is a very demanding walk which takes an undulating route across the Black Mountain ridge in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales. The route purposefully aims for the highest peaks and lowest valley points in a continuous 24 mile walk with nearly 2,400 metres of ascending and descending. From the start in Llangors the route heads east to the trig point at 609 metres altitude on Mynydd Troed. The route then follows the ridge before descending to the valley of Afon Rhiangoll before climbing straight up the trig point of Pen Allt-mawr (719 metres) and then turning sharply in direction from east to north to Pen Twyn Glas before descending to Tal-y-maes Bridge. The descent to the bridge is a moral sapping move as the way continues straight back up the same path descended to continue north to climb to the higest point of the walk on Waun Fach (810 metres). Down the route goes to Grwyne Fawr Reservoir and up the route goes to Twyn Talycefn. The trig point at Rhos Dirion is next reached (713 metres) and then the way drops to a pass before climbing to Lord Hereford's Knob (Twmpa) before descending to Gospel Pass. Up one more via Fyynnon y Parc to Hay Buff trig point (677 metres) and then the Offa's Dyke Path is followed on the ridge of Llech y Lladron before a final descent to Olchan Valley. The pain is not over, a final stiff ascent of Black Hill (Crib y Garth) is required to tap the trig pillar which stands at a height of 640 metres beofre one final descent to the finish at Craswell. Phew.

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