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Date : 07/11/2015

Duration : 5-8 hours

Style : Equals

Type : Quality Mountain Day (QMD)

Weather : Heavy Rain - Good Visibility

Wind : Strong Wind

Camping Type :

Nights Camping : 0

Mountains : Black Hill Black Mountain Black Mountain Hay Bluff Twmpa (Lord Hereford's Knob)

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Description

Route - Start/end Stone Circle just below Hay Bluff. Headed NE around the back of Hay Bluff to pick bridle path up onto ridge. Headed to Black Hill before back tracking to the col at Darren for lunch. Headed up to Black Mountain, picked up Offa`s Dyke path to Hay Bluff, followed path to Gospel Pass then up onto Twmpa before back tracking to the road which we followed back to the stone circle.
Weather - Strong wind and rain to start, wind never really eased but the rain became more intermittent in the afternoon.
Learning Points/Skills Practices - Route plan, pre-walk organisation, map reading, leg timing, pacing, map orientation & relocation exercise below Black Mountain. Considered weather conditions during walk, decided that the wind was too strong and in the wrong direction to walk the intended route of over the Cats Back onto Black Hill. Re-planned the day to achieve a quality mountain day taking into account the weather conditions.
Group - 2, Maria and myself
Camp style n/a
The individual takes part in the planning and leadership - original route planning, then re-planning to take into account the weather conditions.
Navigation skills are required away from marked paths - lunch stop onto Black Mountain over open mountain with no marked paths.
Experience must be in terrain and weather comparable to that found in UK and Irish hills - Black Mountains
Knowledge is increased and skills practised - See learning points above
Attention is paid to safety - wind speed and direction was not suitable for Cats Back, re-planned route to take this into account.
The journey is five hours or more - 5:01
Adverse conditions may be encountered - strong wind and rain throughout the day.
Ascent of a substantial peak would normally be included in the day - Hay Bluff, Black Mountain, Black Hill and Twmpa

Area : Black Mountains

The Black Mountains (Welsh: Y Mynyddoedd Duon) are a group of hills spread across parts of Powys and Monmouthshire in southeast Wales, and extending across the national border into Herefordshire, England. They are the easternmost of the four ranges of hills that comprise the Brecon Beacons National Park, and are frequently confused with the westernmost, which is known as the Black Mountain. To confuse matters further, there is a peak in the Black Mountains called Black Mountain.

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Time Taken : 05:01:23 Distance : 16.29 km Ascent : 547 m Descent : -556 m Avg Speed : 3.4 kmph Moving Speed : 3.42 kmph