14th - 15th September 2019
Experience the mountains in a completely new way, and join us for a guided sunrise summit to witness dawn breaking over the Black Mountains. We'll be summiting Waun Fach whilst everyone else is tucked up in bed.
Duration: 1 night | Location: Wales | Distance: 22km | Price: from £109
Dawn is something that the vast majority of us take for granted on a daily basis, but it’s a breathtaking spectacle when you do get the opportunity to witness it.
Following a hearty dinner and early night on the Saturday, our sunrise summit will set out in the early hours of Sunday morning to catch the sun as it appears over the stunning peaks of the Black Mountains. We will follow a gentle ridge walk to summit Waun Fach (811m), the highest point of the Black Mountains, also taking in Lord Hereford’s Knob and the stunning Grwyne Fawr reservoir.
Purposely coinciding with a full moon, we’ll be rewarded with amazing views as we walk beneath a ceiling of stars with the milky way spreading out above us.
Whilst everyone else is tucked up in bed, our hearts will be soaring as we summit Waun Fach as the sun breaks over the horizon, having met nothing but sheep and stars on our path towards the peak. And, having experienced nature completely anew - under the cover of darkness.
Day 1 (Saturday): You’ll be met by your host Belinda Kirk - explorer and Explorers Connect founder - from 6.00pm at a bunkhouse near Hay-on-Wye. Dinner will be served at 6.30pm, to give us time to get to know each other before we settle down for an early night ready for a very early start the following morning.
Day 2 (Sunday): With the added drama of getting ready and booting up in the dead of night, we’ll aim to set off at 3.30am. Our five hour circular route will take in Lord Hereford’s Knob, Waun Fach, and Grwyne Fawr reservoir, with a stop to watch the sun as it breaks over the horizon, heralding in a new day. We’ll head back to our lodge to refuel with a well-deserved, hearty Welsh breakfast.
There’s plenty to do in the area, so if you’d like to spend the day in the Black Mountains, your Mountain Leader will be able to give you plenty of ideas.
Your host for this adventure will be explorer and Explorers Connect founder Belinda Kirk. The leading voice promoting the benefits of adventure on wellbeing, Belinda uses her life-long passion for adventure and the great outdoors to offer life-changing experiences to other people.
As with all Explorers Connect trips, every detail has been carefully considered to bring to life our ethos of gently encouraging people outside their comfort zone to discover just what they are capable of, whilst ensuring everyone is having a lovely time and making new friends to go on adventures with in the future.
Find out more about the core values that run through all our trips here.
On a small hill farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park, our bunkhouse is surrounded by fantastic landscape, with views of the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley.
This adventure is designed for anyone who feels confident walking for five hours straight with some breaks, and with limited visibility.
Our recommended kit list for hiking weekends is available to download HERE - you can use this as a base to help you decide what to bring.
Friendly host - explorer and Explorers Connect founder, Belinda Kirk
1x guided sunrise summit
Experienced Mountain Leader
1x night accommodation
1x two-course dinner (Saturday night)
1x hearty, Welsh breakfast (Sunday morning)
Camaraderie of a friendly group, who will support you through your midnight adventure
N.B. You may wish to bring food and snacks with you to eat out on the hill. A flask of hot drink might also be nice if you have a thermos.
DATES AND PRICE
Dates: This adventure runs from 6pm on Saturday 14th September to 12pm on Sunday 15th September
Price: £119 (member price: £109)
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