UK wilderness adventures: a walk on high in the Black Mountains, south Wales

This two-day trip of walking and wild camping takes you up to the heights for breathtaking views and a bird’s eye view of nature at its craggy best

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Being the Black Mountains can’t be easy. In fact, it must be like being the youngest in a family with four siblings. Making up just a quarter of the ranges that define the Brecon Beacons national park, it has to fight to be noticed. It seems that this range – which spreads east of the park as far as the border with Herefordshire in England – is forever cast in the shadow of the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountain (in the west and with virtually the same name) and Fforest Fawr. This, however, is good news for wilderness lovers. Thanks to the crowd-pulling appeal of the others, it’s actually the perfect place to spend your own secluded night watching the stars.

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