17 Nov 2010

Short trip around the Mynydd Du (Black Mountain)

We set off early for a much anticipated thrip to the Brecon Beacons, this meant that by the time we reached Neath we were ready for breakfast.  This was to set the tone for the rest of the trip as you will see.  The first cafe we came to was called "Nu cafe" and it was marvellous.

The camp site at Dan-yr-Ogof caves was closed for the winter but walked though to the path that leads up the Afon Haffes and then up on to the ridge which leads to Fan Hir.  The only rain shower of the day blew over us as we reached the ridge.
After lunch over looking Llyn y Fan Fawr we continued along the ridge before turning south above Llyn y Fan Fach.
Fan Foel

Llyn Fan Fach

We camped near the river Afron Twrch (SN801196). One of the ground rules for the trip was that we all had to bring our Argos Hike-lite tents. In the night we had some heavy rain for a few hours and the tents stood up very well to it. Luckily it was not very windy as I am not too confident in the poles but for £20 and 2kg it is a great buy.

For supper we had "Look what we found" Chilli con carne and Smash followed by cake and custard and mulled wine. Louis has recently bought an Eydon Kettle which he was keen to try. We had a cannister stove for the food and the kettle for drinks. The Eydon kettle boils water so quickly that we could hardly keep up with the coffee consumption.

In the night the rain stopped and the skies cleared.  A cold start was improved by cinnamon porridge and too much coffee. We followed the track through Carreg Goch, a collapsed landscape of shake holes and crags.  All too soon we were heading downhill to the road.


  1. The Hike Lite is a great little tent, well worth the money and deserving of the reputation it's built up.

    The Eydon kettle looks very nice, I hadn't heard of that particular brand before.


  2. Hi again, thanks for the comment and the link, I tried to post your comment but it wouldn't post, I got an error message.

    I've added you to my Blog list in any case.

    Cheers, Richard

  3. Great to see you are out and about. Those tents are cracking value and work so keep using them. I liked the wild camp spot. Ideal and you should send us the grid ref for future planning.

  4. Richard - no problem thanks anyway.

    Martin - I have added the grid ref SN801196 for you. Some people may not like the spot because the streams are quite loud, but I slept well.

  5. Looks like a perfect trip, and I love those Argos tents.

    I'm really interested in the Eydon Kettle - a reasonable weight and infinitely more fun than a gas stove.

  6. Phil - It was a great trip. The stove is quite big but powerful. I think the bushbuddy is still on my wish list. But as you say both more fun than gas.