The Black Mountains Round is a 65-mile (105km) trail linking four towns – Abergavenny, Crickhowell, Talgarth and Hay-on-Wye – on the edge of the Black Mountains. All four are part of the Walkers are Welcome network, i.e., villages and locations considered to be ‘walker-friendly’.
The Black Mountains form a distinct geographic region, separated from other upland areas within the Brecon Beacons National Park by the broad valley of the river Usk. Interlocking ridges and deep river valleys create a wonderfully varied landscape with new and beautiful vistas round almost every corner.
As well as linking the four historic towns, the Black Mountains Round also provides a rewarding five-day hike through stunning mountain scenery. From its official start point in Abergavenny, the trail follows a circular clockwise route around the Black Mountains, finishing four of its five days in a different Walkers are Welcome town.
Day 1: Abergavenny to Crickhowell: big mountain views and lush wooded valleys.
Day 2: Crickhowell to Talgarth: historic villages, lush common land and ancient monuments.
Day 3: Talgarth to Hay-on-Wye: woods, waterfalls and open common land
Day 4: Hay-on-Wye to Llanthony: hidden vales and rare religious relics.
Day 5: Llanthony to Abergavenny: mighty mountain ridges and sacred sites.
Harri devised the route and we can highly recommend it.