Two groups of Scouts and Explorers set out on an exploration of the moody Black Mountains on a blustery but bright day during the Easter holidays. It was particularly pleasing to see a couple of 11-year-old scouts, William and Jake joining in with the older ones and fine walkers they were too. Some were old hands and knew what to expect, namely Henry, Ethan and Sam from Spartans Explorers, and Ollie, David and Dylan from Congresbury Scouts. They have been on previous expeditions to the Brecon Beacons and the February Blaenavon to Abergavenny linear trek. New to our walking group were Tom, Jake and Alex from Congresbury, James and Kasia from Blagdon and Ruby and William from Winscombe. Great to see such a diverse group who all got along well.
The ridges afforded fine views of the surrounding landscape; and you must be there to fully appreciate it. Photos are Ok but only give a flavour. Waun Fach was our high point at 810 m and despite the important looking trig point on the escarpment, the high point at 713 m had no name.
I hear that James wants to do it again (difficult to keep up with James) and 11-year-old William was fast asleep by 8 pm that evening.
Many thanks to Alex Johnston for leading a group and Sam Hurst one of our younger leaders who kept a close watch on my group on the way around.
Feedback from parent:
Just wanted to say another thank you to you and Alex, Ruby and Will had a great time today, will's fast asleep and rubys just finished showing me her photos. What an amazing experience for them, I can't believe more children don't take up these fantastic opportunities and the benefits they provide.
GSL 1st Congresbury