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Name:Black Mountain
Hill number:2242
Height:703.6m / 2308ft
RHB Section:32A: Llandovery to Monmouth
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Black Mountains
County/UA:Herefordshire (CoU), Powys (CoU)
County (CoH):Herefordshire (CoH)
County (CoA):Hereford & Worcester (CoA)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge,
Grid ref:SO 25523 35390
Summit feature:no feature 12m W of path
Col:549m  SO235352  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 161
(1:25k) OL13N
Observations:summit 350m S at SO 25560 35023 c.20m W of path is 1m lower
Survey:KR 2x Hand Level/Trimble GeoXH 6000
Comments:Bridge and B&L summit lies 350m south near 703m spot. Herefordshire County Top is probably on the path 12m E of the northern summit or a few metres from the path at the southern summit
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  • Hereford & Worcester (1974) administrative county top
  • Herefordshire historic county top
  • Herefordshire current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 700 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
run from Stone Circle car park. Windy and hail, cold!dave_mole28/06/2020
Parked by SS Bueno & Peter's church in LLanveynoe - 18km route following footpaths, 783m elevation gain.Stevooo23/05/2020
MB HomeRob Rees07/04/2020
With GFE. 35km total. Covid-19 escaping. Chwarel y Fan, Black Mountain South Top, Black Mountain, Hay Bluff, Lord Heresford's Knob, Rhos Dirion, Waun Fach, Pen y Gadair Fawr.Fionalevey21/03/2020
Very windy at Gospel Pass carpark. Easy walking via Hay Bluff with stone slabs laid over muddiest sections. Road from south is in poor condition and very slow. Better approach from the North.gettingonabit04/01/2020
From CP to N - ascent via Hay Bluff. At summit after Sunset.ger20/11/2019
Reascent to bag new summit. Nice circular walk from Black Hill car park up Cat's Back Ridge.prwild20/10/2019
From SE starting at Blaen. Parking marginal. A nice grassy path cuts through the bracken WNW up to a kissing gate at 462m but there the path marking the RoW on the map ends and it's animal tracks through head high bracken then tussocky heath all the way to Offa's dyke path. Featureless summit.Topographer5705/09/2019
Fantastic walk in great conditions. Got to Hay Bluff by 11.25 then the top at 11.45. Enjoyed the challenge of the quick pace in both directions without forgetting to admire the views of both Wales and England in one go.acolling21/08/2019
With Hay Bluff from OD car parkJim T12/08/2019
Herefordshire top.Peter_W_Mitchell 27/07/2019
From Hay Bluff car park on a bright and breezy day. Hay Bluff trig then the new high point on Black Mountain, as well as the old grid reference.NormanW18/07/2019
With E. Warm and sunny day. Superb visibility. From Hay Bluff car park up paths to trig point (painted white with the Welsh red dragon on all four sides) along summit ridge. Flat summit makes it difficult to identify actual Herefordshire historic county summit so walked along path for about 500m between SO 25524 35524 and SO 25580 35020 to cover all bases. Also stepped over the county boundary to bag the newly resurveyed Black Mountain summit. No feature. Returned down Offa’s Dyke Path to minor road and car park.Beeliner12/07/2019
From Capel y Finn to Hay on Wye as part of the offas dyke path.noxibis09/07/2019
Circuit of Pen Y Garn Fawr (North Daren), Pen-y-Garn Fawr, Black Mountain South Top, Black Mountain, Hay Bluff and Black Hill starting from the car park below Black Darren and following the ridgelines.BobHancock22/06/2019
2/2 As with Hay Bluff, wandered around with horses to get high pointpenbet14/06/2019
Climbed as one of several peaks walking a route from ‘the mountains of England and Wales’. Camped overnight on the hill. Showers.broser06/06/2019
Ascended from the north over Hay Bluff and along path to 703m spot height. Had good traipse around 703m spot height and the hill bagging summit grid refs to make sure all summit types done. Trig bagged in passing. Hill bagged during work journey to Cardiff.assynt_bob27/05/2019
Running from car park at Gospel Pass, out and back. Sunny, clear, still – great views. Visited new summit. Rounsfell12/05/2019
From Gospel road via Hay Bluff trigpoint, return and onto Waun FachN.Morters29/04/2019
5th of 5 for day in NW Blacks. Parked at Gospel Pass for circular walk via Llanthony. Then along Hatterrall ridge on well trodden track. No obvious high point.richardrosser07/04/2019
11 mile walk from car park below Black Darren, walked along hillside road to junction and across fields briefly to road again then car park, up the Cats Back to Black Hill trig, struggled in snow onto Black Mountain (2nd visit) then continued along ridge on easier terrain to North Darren trig eventually descending back down to the car park, the day started off cloudy/foggy but cleared and got very sunny later on.DanTrig06/04/2019
A repeat walk to visit the new top, as I was in the area. Given the proximity to the path and the lack of any perceptible difference in height, I wouldn't have any moral qualms about claiming it anywayColin Crawford29/03/2019
Walked up from Hay Bluff for this County Top and to complete ridge walk of Offas Dyke path .. wet and miserable .D SID28/02/2019
Start at Little Black Hill carpark, Offa's Dyke Path walk. Black Hill, Tympa, Hay Bluff, Black Mountain and Black Mountain South Top back to car park. 15.6 miles 2690ft.stephenbuda23/02/2019
Black Hill > Black Mountain > Black Mountain South Top > Pen - y - Garn Fawr > Red Daren > Point 604m from GR: SO 28746 32634ronaldo33309/12/2018
Fell ran in horrible weather!Madjonny05/12/2018
On a stretch of Offa's Dyke Path.steve hudson01/10/2018
Lovely long walkejjohnstone13/09/2018
Parked Hays Bluff carpark. Complete with ice cream van. Walked up the hill to Hays Bluff and followed Offa Dyke’s path to small cairn ( pile of stones) on side of path. Lovely views.Hippy7702/08/2018
Up from Abergavent and part of a loop to Hay Bluff, Waun Fach and on to Crickhowellandrew.morel25/07/2018
From the head of the Gospel Pass, via Hay Bluff. With MP, on a survey.Man of Kernow112/07/2018
walked from Hay Bluff over. Indistinct top, just a little carn. Good views of Englandadriane05/05/2018
From Hay Bluff car park. Summit marked by small cairn by side of path.Janie05/05/2018
Doing the Upper Honddu Horseshoe.PeakyPete19/04/2018
Parked on Gospel Pass walk to summit via path that takes you to a trig then pick up the offers dyke to summit carnjmistry8618/04/2018
Circular walk to Hay Bluff and back to Cat's Back.ronanhead20/02/2018
Uninspiring summit- a shame really. Solo.Dangerous Dave22/01/2018
Low cloud, mist and rain, poor visibility. Walked from Hay Bluff and back againMickeyfinn09/11/2017
Re-bagged to make sure, from Hay Bluff car park, easily along the Offa's dyke path, but very windy and a bit damp. No views. Found the highest point and was surprised to find that this did not coincide with the summit grid ref. Myrddyn's survey in 2019 has solved the mystery.Gill13/10/2017
Parked by Hay Bluff an easy walk along paved Offa's Dyke pathphilhythe03/10/2017
Lovely day out in the Black Mountains with a nice circular 16km loop from Capel-y-ffin. Went up the steep slope of Darren Lwyd and then carried on along the ridge to Lord Hereford's knob/Twmpa. Then crossed the gospel pass to summit Hay Bluff, before following Offa's Dyke path back along Black Mountain and descending at the vision to get back to my starting point. Lots of Mountain ponies and ravens on the way. Also spotted a Wheatear and a few Swallows who can't be too far away from starting their migrations back to their African winter grounds.Gerry the Ranger17/09/2017
Around two hour, five mile county top walk from the free parking area on the Gospal pass north of Llanthony Priory. Over Hay Bluff and follow the Offa's Dyke path.WAYNE ROWLETT22/08/2017
Nick and Julesrockwarrior22/07/2017
Whilst up Hay Bluff. (Why not eh!)MarkGD15/07/2017
With Alf. 2mFM 14 qso. Lovely when cloud lifted.Petem0hqo24/06/2017
Walk up along ridge from Black Hill picnic area on a baking hot day.mapple20/06/2017
Included in day's circular walk. Parked at Capel y Ffin, walked to Vision Farm, ascent steep east to reach Offa's Dyke Path and followed it north over Mynydd Du to Hay Bluff summit. Left Offa's Dyke path, turned west and crossed Bwlch yr Efengyl to bag Twmpa, onwards to Rhos Dirion, then 4 mile leisurely hike southwards along ridge to Chwarel y Fan, then descend to Capel y Ffin. Lovely area, much to see, and interesting people when you meet them. Chwarel y Fan was my last mountain of the 100 highest in Wales.Dewi Prysor14/05/2017
Big Black Mountain ChallengeTaz3813/05/2017
In the footsteps of a werewolfClachaig23/04/2017