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The Black Mountains tourist guide

The Black Mountains - mention of which dominates any outdoor activity whether walking, riding or driving - lie within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Despite their name, they are actually composed of red sandstone, and the fall of light on them makes them appear black. There is plenty of walking space, and while there is no restriction on taking dogs along, they must be controlled at all times as ponies and sheep wander freely around.

Depending on the weather, buzzards can be seen riding the thermal currents that abound, and during very good weather, hang-gliding is a popular pastime. The Black Mountains can be easily accessed from all directions. And while in the area, don't forget to try the famous, Black Mountains Welsh Breakfast, which was the result of a challenge amongst ten top chefs.

There are several bodies of water in the Brecon Beacons area, including several reservoirs with plenty of wonderful walks, picnic areas and great views over the local countryside. There is the winding Usk Reservoir, fed by the River Usk and a popular route for walkers and bikers, the Pontsticill Reservoir with the Brecon Mountain Railway steam trains running along its eastern side, the Talybont Reservoir with its winter wildfowl and quite dramatic dam overflow. Llangors Lake is the largest natural lake in South Wales and offers meadow footpaths, fishing and boating.

The Monmouthshire and Brecon canal winds its way for 35 miles through the farmlands and quaint Welsh villages of the Brecon Beacons National Park. For those who want to take to the water themselves, you can enjoy a narrow-boat or horse-drawn boat trip and there is also boat hire. The highest waterfall in the Park is the Henrhyd Falls at 90 feet tall and owned and managed by the National Trust. When in full flow, it makes quite an awesome sight and sound. There are also numerous other waterfalls in the area.

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