Walking the Black Mountains



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Examples of my most popular routes include...

Sugar Loaf the nice way – The best route up Sugar Loaf, full of character and with great views!  8kms with 350m of ascent. Stroll.

Macnamara’s Road – A lonely valley and a windswept ridge are the setting for a story enshrined in local folklore! 15kms with 450m of ascent. Long Stretch.

The Cat’s Back & Hay Bluff – A uniquely sharp ridge offering stunning panoramic views.  12kms with 300m of ascent. Stretch.

The Dragon’s Back – One of the classic routes in the area, leading to the highest point in the Black Mountains.  14kms with 750m of ascent. Strenuous.

The Allt-mawr plateau – A steady climb to a fabulously flat plateau with Bronze Age cairns and breathtaking views. 16kms with 730m of ascent. Strenuous.


Stroll – A straightforward walk of less than 10kms, mostly on good paths.

Stretch – Mainly between 10kms and 15kms, these walks are slightly more demanding and may include short, steep climbs or sections of rough terrain.

Strenuous – Full-on hill-walking with long or steep climbs, sometimes on difficult terrain.

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