Walking Tours on The Carmarthen Fan 

Part of The Black Mountain / Mynydd Du

Carmarthen Fan  Grade (A)

'The Lady of the Lake', Distance: 5.2 miles, Total ascent: 520 metres

£58per person if 2 participants, click here for full price information and how to book
Includes a picnic lunch and expert guiding by a Mountain Leader and Geologist
Pick up and return from Abergavenny station or your local accommodation (depending on location)
Llyn y Fan Fach
Your guide James Cresswell and a walkign group with Llyn Fan Fach behind.
Your guide James Cresswell and a walkign group with Llyn Fan Fach behind.

Route

This is the shortest route to the highest summits of The Black Mountain (Mynydd Du) and it is packed full of interest from the mythical stories associated with Llyn y Fan Fach to spectacular glacial features.

The walk climbs a track all the way to Llyn Fan Fach (a lake). After time resting at the lake and learning the about the legend of the Lady of the Lake we climb to to top of the ridge and get impressive views looking down on the lake. We then follow the ridge of the Carmarthen Fan to its summit Picws Du which is the highest point in Carmarthenshire. From here we climb down the ridge at Bwlch Blaen-Twrch. At the base of the ridge we get to see some of the best glacial moraines in the Brecon Beacons National Park before following the Afon Sychlwch stream back to the car park.

Carmarthen Fan  Grade (b)

'Both Lakes', Distance: 8.75 miles, Total ascent: 637 metres

£58 per person if 2 participants, click here for full price information and how to book
Includes a picnic lunch and expert guiding by a Mountain Leader and Geologist
Pick up and return from Abergavenny station or your local accommodation (depending on location)
On the summit of Picws Du
On the summit of Picws Du
Looking at Picws Du, with a moraine in the foreground.
Looking at Picws Du, with a moraine in the foreground.

Route

This route is a longer version the the Grade (A) route. The route is the same until Bwlch Blaen-Twrch is reached. From here the route climbs again to the peak of Fan Foel which forms the county boundary of Carmarthenshire and Brecknockshire. We then follow the ridge around which is now longer the Carmathern Fan because have left Carmarthenshire, and is called Fan Brycheiniog which is an ancient name for Brecknockshire. Our route then descends to a second bigger lake Llyn y Fan Fawr which is also the source of the River Tawe, the river that flows through the City of Swansea. We then walk around the impressive peak of Fan Foel at the lower level to reach the glacial moraines near Bwlch Blaen-Twrch. From here we rejoin route (A) and follow the stream back to the car park.

Carmarthen Fan Walk Grade (c)

The Complete Ridge, Distance: 12.7 miles, Total ascent: 744 metres

£57 per person if 2 participants, click here for full price information and how to book
Includes a picnic lunch and expert guiding by a Mountain Leader and Geologist
Pick up and return from Abergavenny station or your local accommodation (depending on location)
Llyn y Fan Fach below the mountain ridge
Llyn y Fan Fach below the Carmarthen Fans

Route

This walk visits the same lakes and mountain tops as Walking Tour (B), but it does it the hard way. This is a classic walk that explores the heart of Mynydd Du giving a real sense of mountain wilderness and a true taste of this remote upland massif. The route passes the large bog of Waun Fignen Felen and then meanders through a moonscape of shake holes with a visit to where a stream disappears underground at a swallow hole, Sinc Giedd. The route then reaches the escarpement of the Carmarthen Fan. We climb to its summit at Picws Du, before crossing into Brecknockshire at Fan Foel and Fan Brycheiniog. We return to the car by the spectacular and long mountain ridge of Fan Hir.