Black Mountain is a 703m mountain in the Black Mountains range. It is just below Hay Bluff and the summit is marked by a small pile of rocks. The top is quite indistinct with lots of low growing purple heather. A clear gravel and stone path cuts across it and continues down the ridgeway – it is the Offa’s Dyke trail goes from coast to coast.

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Black Mountain, approaching from the North. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.

The rock path takes you through some boggy areas and next to some small ponds. The path is very well maintained and makes this a walk you can tackle in all weathers, confident that you won’t be knee deep in boggy ground.

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The long and only slightly winding path. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.

I summited this mountain in pretty grey and misty weather, so I’m not sure what the views would be like on a good day, but the top is not very photogenic or dramatic.

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The small pile of stones marking the top. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.
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Black Mountain summit. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.
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The wide path makes this a very accessible mountain. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.
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Small patches of purple heather. | Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.