Llanbedr Horseshoe, Black Mountains

The Llanbedr Horseshoe is a classic ridge walk in the Black Mountains, the easternmost hill range in the Brecon Beacons. With over 16 miles in length and almost 1000 meters of ascent, this walk makes for an exhilarating day out and a highly rewarding challenge, particularly on a beautiful day. After a steep climb at the start, the walk then undulates the rest of the length, with 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. You’ll trundle past three trig points along the way, plus the pile of stones at Waun Fach, the highest point in the Black Mountains at 811 meters.

Ample wild camping opportunities exist but be prepared to carry water as there are no water sources on this route. The Llanbedr Horseshoe walk will take you 8-12 hours depending on your fitness level and how often you like to break for snacks, pictures, etc. We managed the walk in 8.5 hours with two food breaks and plenty of photo stops.

Essentials

  • Getting there: Free roadside parking in Llanbedr.
  • Distance: 26km (16.3 miles) 
  • Height Gain: 967m (3171 ft)
  • Time: Allow 10-12hours
  • Recommended map: OS Explorer OL13

The Route

Source: Viewranger

Highlights

Sun rising over Sugar Loaf as we made our start, on the ascent to Table Mountain
Pen Cerrig-calch (701m)
Windy conditions at Pen Allt-mawr (719m)
Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains
Lucky knows how to take advantage of shelter stones!
Waun Fach (811m), the highest point in the Black Mountains
Crug Mawr (550m), last trig point of the day! Dogs still full of the dickens!
Valley views on the final descent.

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