Early May saw a hill walking expedition in the Black Mountains with some friends. The Black Mountains are an unexpected experience. Jutting out of the foothills to the west of the Forest of Dene and Monmouth, the Black Mountains ascend to just over 2,000 ft. The terrain is bleak and surprisingly marsh ridden but carries a harsh beauty which is quite captivating. Our ascent was a little strenuous but climbing these hills is nothing you should be afraid of if you’re reasonably fit and the views from the summits are worth the effort.
The foot of the mountains are forested with some beautiful lower level walks. Plenty of places to camp near by if you wanted to make a weekend of it. I know that now I’ve discovered them I’ll be going back there soon!