South Wales

South Wales

Welcome to QMD: Quality Mountain Days. Dedicated to helping you achieve quality days in the mountains. All walks are written up as basic route descriptions with some grid references. They are provided as a ‘Bare Bones Template’ for the walk. There are many interesting features and sites, wildlife and plants, viewpoints and alternatives, to each walk. Part of the adventure is finding these for yourselves.

South Wales has the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons, both of which are mountain ranges. The Brecon Beacons National Park includes the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. Not to confuse things, but, the Western side of the Brecon Beacons is called the Black Mountain and the Black Mountains in the East also have a Black Mountain as well as The Black Hill across the border in England.

There are good, if limited, opportunities for QMDs in both the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains and with some effort it is possible to get off the paths and tourist trails and explore more widely. These mountains are littered with ancient monuments, most of them unlisted, and Roman sites. They easily equal Dartmoor, if not surpass it, in this respect. Keep your eyes open and you will start to see all sorts of interesting features.

The Black Mountains

Part of the Brecon Beacons National Park but not part of the Brecon Beacons. Has it’s own Black Mountain and just over the border in England is The Black Hill (SO275347 The Black Hill is not classed as a summit but it is well worth a visit).

The Black Mountains Summits

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GPX file of Black Mountains Summits

The Route Descriptions below are in downloadable PDF format

GPX routes here.

The Brecon Beacons

We’ve broken the Brecon Beacons down into three separate areas; east, central, and west. Each area is separated from the other by road systems and they tend to be walked independently of each other. The roads follow natural divisions in the landscape so it makes some sort of sense. The summits are given as a whole.

The Brecon Beacons Summits

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GPX file of Brecon Beacons Summits

The Eastern Beacons

Best approached from the north and the east. Avoid the Pont ar Daf car park and Storey Arms unless you like crowds. Particular nice approaches from Pencelli, Talybont, and the Three Rivers National Trust car park SO024248.

The Route Descriptions below are in downloadable PDF format

GPX routes here.

The Central Beacons

Best approached from the car park at Cefn Perfedd SN927164.

The Route Descriptions below are in downloadable PDF format

GPX routes here.

The Western Beacons

This part of the Beacons contains the most remote place in Wales Tyle Garw, and the notoriously remote 471 trig point. It is instructive to get out to the 471 and appreciate what it means to be ‘remote’ in Wales. Note that Tyle Garw is more remote than Fur Tor, the most remote place in England.

The Route Descriptions below are in downloadable PDF format

GPX routes here.

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