Beacon Black Mountain Traverse Picture 1
Beacon Black Mountain Traverse Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  886m

Dist:  33.4km

Min age:  16

Duration:  2

Beacon Black Mountain Traverse

Trek Adventure

An awesome day's trek that will see us cross the amazing Pen Y Fan Horseshoe, and across the outlying peaks of Cribyn and Fan Y Big, before dropping down into the Usk Valley - and then climbing high once again over on to the Black Mountains to summit the final peak of Pen Cerig Calch.

The total ascent for this mega day is over 1800m, meaning it is like climbing one and a half times Ben Nevis - but in addition, we are also covering a hefty 33km - or just over 20 miles. This is no mean feat - and will take us up to a full 12 hours. But come the end of this challenge you will have linked together the two finest ranges of hills in South Wales - and will be the proud completer of the unique Beacon Black Mountain Traverse. Don't take this one lightly - it is a serious event - and deserves training and focus to see it through.



Day 1
19:00 - Meet at accommodation nr Crickhowell, dinner in local pub and early to bed before the big day ahead!

Day 2
06:30 - Early breakfast
07:00 - Start trek
Walk encompassing the classic Brecon Horseshoe of Pen-Y-Fan, Corn Ddu, and Cribyn, this is a route to remember. Walk may include river crossings and possible encounters with boggy terrain!!!
Expected arrival in Usk Valley - around 15:00 - then continue to climb up and over Black Mountains.
Expected arrival on summit ridge of Black Mountains - around 18:00 - then descend finally into Crickhowell. Expected end of trek - around 19:30
Transfer back to accommodation
20:30 - Celebratory drinks

Day 3
Easy breakfast before departing for home


Route Map


2 nights comfortable bunkhouse style accommodation.


What is a Level 3.5 Trekking Challenge Like?

These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and to do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - these other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Included In Trip

2 nights in comfortable bunkhouse style accommodation
2 breakfasts
Pre-event information pack
Qualified mountain leader at a ratio of apx. 1:12
Appropriate safety equipment
Transfers to the beginning of the Trek.


Excluded From Trip

Lunches, Dinners, Snacks & Drinks, Transport to and from the event. If you would like dinner or a lunch please let us know as this can be provided for a small additional cost. Dinner is usually sourced from a good local pub.


Equipment Required

Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc

Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)

Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s) 
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Warm clothing
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava

Trek Clothing
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear

Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery

Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife

Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb

Kit Hire

It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.



The weather could go either way from warm temperatures to freezing cold – so be ready for anything – make sure you pack according to the list! Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily. We will almost certainly experience some rain during the weekend, so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both jacket and trousers.


Notes on Trekking Events

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Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event



Guide price




This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


Event Location

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