Its October half term and a group of young Scouts from Blagdon and Congresbury plus a couple of Explorers set out on one of those wonderful clear but crisp autumn days to explore the Black Mountains. We had intended to head across the escarpment to Hay Bluff but the local minibus, only 6 months old failed on us as we approached the starting point at Castell Dinas. Well if the clutch was going to fail that was the best place to do so as we abandoned Bluey and set off leaving Alex and Rosemary to call the AA.
The result was a quick change of route from a linear to a circular walk taking in Waun Fach the highest point in this range of hills. The ridge known locally as the dragons back was certainly up and down as we took in a Norman hill fort, the highest in England.
Not a puff of wind as we approached the red sandstone escarpment followed by a now gentle ascent to Waun Fach, a very boring and flat summit with no trig point of cairn to announce its importance.
We returned to the car park by the A470 at 3.30 pm to meet the pick-up truck, and a local taxi to be transported back home.
Please contact me if you would like to know about future hill walks which are open to any Scout/Explorer in the district.
GSL, 1stCongresbury Scouts.