Welcome to Fforest Fawr & Black Mountain
The western half of Brecon Beacons National Park is sparsely inhabited and devoid of any towns of note. Fforest Fawr (Great Forest) was once a Norman hunting ground and is now a Unesco geopark (www.fforestfawrgeopark.org.uk), famed for landscapes varying from bleak moorland to flower-flecked limestone pavement and lush wooded ravines replete with moss and greenery. Further west is the Black Mountain (Y Mynydd Du), a lonely expanse of barren peaks that throws down an irresistible gauntlet to intrepid hikers. Scoured by glaciers, shaped by human action from prehistory through the Romans to today, it's a bleak, wild and utterly captivating place.