Visit

If you want to find out more about the Black Mountain Quarries there's no better way than taking a walk around the site and seeing it for yourself. Why not head up to the Black Mountain on a nice day, take a picnic and have a wander around?

 

 

Visitors to the Black Mountain Quarries can enjoy breath-taking panoramic views from the quarries and can discover the fascinating story of this once thriving lime industry. Starting from either of the two car parks at the site, a way-marked walk will take you along grassy paths and stony tracks through a landscape of quarries and the remains of numerous lime kilns spanning at least 200 years. The quarries are home to several plant species that thrive in the limestone environment and the highly alkaline conditions created by the remains of the lime industry.

The route is generally easy-going, but with some short steeper parts. At the top of the site you will find interpretation boards describing the history and geology of the quarries. A dial-up or downloadable audio trail will conjure up the past as characters tell of their lives working in the quarries.

The quarries are owned by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and are located on open access land. Please be aware that the land is a wildlife habitat and is used for grazing livestock. In order to protect nesting birds, lambs and sheep, dogs must be on a fixed lead whenever livestock are near, and at all times from 1 March to 31 July.

 

OS grid reference

OS Landranger 160, Explorer map OL12 SN733187

How to get there

The Black Mountain Quarries are accessible by car or bicycle from the A4069 between Brynaman and Llangadog. The site also lies close to the Beacons Way path approximately half way between Llanddeusant Youth Hostel and Carreg Cennen (www.breconbeaconsparksociety.org/national-park/the-beacons-way). The nearest train station is at Llangadog, on the Heart of Wales Line (approximately 10 miles from the site). For up to date travel information and timetables, visit   www.traveline-cymru.info   or phone 0871 200 2233.

Nearest town or village

Brynaman is about than 4 miles southbound on the A4069.
Llangadog is about 10 miles northbound on the A4069.
Both villages have shops and pubs.

Parking

There are two large free car parks both a short stroll from the quarries.

Accessibility

There is a way-marked self-guided trail around the site. The route follows existing tracks and paths. Some of this ground is rough grassland and rocky terrain. The grass and exposed rock can be slippery when wet. Spoil heaps and scree slopes are unstable underfoot and should not be climbed.

The quarries are owned by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and are located on open access land. Please be aware that the land is a wildlife habitat and is used for grazing livestock. In order to protect nesting birds, lambs and sheep, dogs must be on a fixed lead whenever livestock are near, and at all times from 1 March to 31 July.

The weather on the Black Mountain can be harsh and unpredictable. Be prepared; check the weather forecast and take suitable clothing and waterproofs with you. There is decent mobile phone signal throughout the site however there may not be full data connection.
 

Stay safe while walking in the Brecon Beacons National Park by reading  these guidelines.


Audio trail

You can listen to the audio trail using your mobile phone and following the instructions: Call 01269 333123 (English) or 01269 333123 (Welsh)

Scan this QR code to download the Black Mountain Quarries Audio Trail :

Apple App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/black-mountain-quarries-audio/id918907945?ls=1&mt=8

Android Marketplace
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mytoursapp.android.app649

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace
http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=6367fc59-5162-45d6-9e0c-3457941cf61d

 

Trail Guide

Guide leaflets and booklets are available at Brecon Beacons Tourist Information Centres or can be obtained from Dyfed Archaeological Trust or the Black Mountain Centre in Brynaman.

Click here to download a pdf of the trail leaflet.

 

Click here to download a pdf of the Black Mountain Quarries booklet.

Display

A  multimedia display and other information about the quarries is available at the Black Mountain Centre, open Monday to Friday from 9am-2.00pm. Please see the website ( www.brynaman.org.uk ) for further information.