The Black Mountains Trek

WHEN: | Registration from 7.30am; Rolling start time between 8-8.30am WHERE: Starting at Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre


What’s your 2020 vision?

If it’s to get fit while enjoying the beautiful landscape we have close to home, then the Black Mountains Trek might just be for you.

The 30-kilometre walk takes in some of the most dramatic scenery for miles around.

Starting at Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre, the route takes walkers up onto Hatterrall Hill before crossing the Vale of Ewyas to head north along the prominent central ridge of the Black Mountains with superb views across the Brecon Beacons National Park.

After passing the day’s high point at Chwarel y Fan (670m) you will re-cross the Vale of Ewyas at Capel-y-Ffin before returning to Longtown via Hatterrall Ridge and descending the zig zag path within sight of the impressive Black Darren.

At the finish in Longtown Education Centre, a two-course meal will be waiting, along with a Black Mountains Trek medal.

The trek will set off with rolling start from 8am and walkers will need to have their own equipment (see conditions of entry download on this page for the required list). To meet this challenge, you will need good navigation and hill skills.

The walk is challenging and will be marshalled by the Longtown Mountain Rescue Team, with funds raised going to St Michael’s Hospice.

Previously, this walk has sold out so book early to avoid disappointment.


We are running two pricing options for this Trek:

£50: Self-funded

£10 Sponsored entry with a £100 pledge

All walkers will receive tea/coffee and snacks on arrival.

All walkers will receive tea/coffee and snacks on arrival.

There will be changing facilities including showers.

Throughout the walk there will be support from Longtown Mountain Rescue. Walkers will also receive a finishers’ medal and a two-course meal once finished.

An event photographer will also be present.

Special offer on accommodation:

Get a good night’s sleep ahead of the Black Mountains Trek (or after) by staying in the Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre.

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast to prepare you for your day.

This B&B offer is available at £25 per person.

Twin-bedded and small dormitory accommodation in the centre’s modern Monnow Wing is available.

This offer is also available for the night after the event.

To book, or for more information, call 01873 860225.


“Working at St Michael’s, I’m constantly reminded of the love our community has for the Hospice.

My mother-in-law, Violet, died at St Michael’s shortly before the Black Mountains Trek, so I decided to walk it with a colleague in her memory.

Thanks to supporters like you taking part and raising sponsorship for events such as the Black Mountains Trek, families like mine can continue to benefit from the care and compassion St Michael’s provides.”

Lorna Davies-Llewellyn (pictured left), Senior Healthcare Assistant at St Michael’s Hospice

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