Mend the Brecon Beacons (Bâl Mawr)

by Mend Our Mountains in Llanthony, Wales, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th June 2019 we successfully raised £6,073 with 127 supporters in 281 days

Following the success of our Bâl Mawr path repair crowdfunder, we are now accepting ongoing donations of support.

by Mend Our Mountains in Llanthony, Wales, United Kingdom

During our original crowdfunding campaign, we successfully raised £5,993 with 126 wonderful supporters. We are now continuing to accept donations to keep repairs going. Find out more about our original plans below.

Welcome to the Mend Our Mountains Bâl Mawr appeal. 

We're trying to raise £7,000 for Bâl-Mawr in the Brecon Beacons - this path up to a popular summit in the Black Mountains has become badly eroded, damaging a precious habitat. We need your help to raise £7,000 that will enable us to to train volunteers and carry out vital path repairs. 

Rugged hills

The Black Mountains are a mountain range in the east of the Brecon Beacons National Park known for its flowing ridges, glacial valleys and rich history.

The summit of Bâl Mawr sits above the beautiful Llanthony Priory, and as such is a well-walked hill.  It is also a much-frequented route for walkers of the well-known Beacons Way.

The Black Mountains are also popular with Duke of Edinburgh Award participants who use the hills to learn and practice their skills. Bâl-Mawr attracts a large number of walkers every year, with its rounded summit offering panoramic views across the Brecon Beacons National Park, as well as into Powys and the English Midlands.

1536171853_beinn%20ghlo.jpgThe problem

Monitoring of upland path conditions throughout the Brecon Beacons National Park reveals that this path has deteriorated markedly due to its popularity with walkers heading up from Llanthony Abbey and Bal Bach. The footpaths around the summit of Bâl Mawr are severely eroded and the combined impact of feet and weather is damaging the Site of Special Scientific Interest and protected wet heath habitat.

The solution - and what your pledge will do

The park authority would like to halt further erosion, whilst still remaining sympathetic to the surrounding environment. This can be achieved by actually reducing the path’s width, implementing stone pitching on steeper sections, and laying gravel to create a clear footpath. If walkers are encouraged to stick to the marked path, further damage to the bog habitat in which it sits will be decreased or stopped altogether.

The work will be carried out by the National Parks Upland Volunteers and part of the grant will be used to support these volunteers to carry out the work needed to repair the route. This in turn will improve the visitor experience by giving a clear path to follow to access the summit of Bâl Mawr.


Incredible rewards

To help us reach this total (and those in our other Mend Our Mountains projects) we're working with a huge number of partners, many of whom have made incredibly kind donations - you can see some of them below.



It means we can offer an amazing range of rewards - from t-shirts and mugs to unique experiences. You can see all of these, some of which are exclusive to the Brecon Beacons, on the right. We think there's something for everyone, on any kind of budget, and we've worked hard to make sure our partners are offering you something really great in return for your valuable pledge.

And it's not just about the Brecon Beacons. As you've probably guessed, Mend Our Mountains is a huge campaign, spanning the entire family of 15 UK National Parks. We've got 13 primary projects in 11 parks, and every park will benefit in some way. Crowdfunding is just part of what we're doing - we want to raise £1,000,000 in total, the most ambitious campaign of its type ever.

If you want to take a look at all the projects in the appeal, and see how close we're getting to our overall target, check out the Mend Our Mountains Crowdfunder Homepage

Pledge today and protect Bâl Mawr for the future.


Reward Images

Organic cotton Mend Our Mountain tees. Sizes shown: Men’s Medium, Women’s Small


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Limited Edition Mend Our Mountains T-shirt

Mend Our Mountains T-shirt with unique 'Beaten Track' artwork, designed by artist Tessa Lyons, on the front. Check out how it looks further down this page.

£10 or more

15% Discount at Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock

Use in-store or online. Our Headline Sponsors are showing the love for Mend Our Mountains with a great discount across loads of outdoor products.

£15 or more


A beautiful bone china mug with design by acclaimed artist Tessa Lyons.

£15 or more

1 of 3 claimed

50% off Tent Meals voucher

Fuel your mountain adventures.

£15 or more

Landscape and Cloudscape calendar

A sumptuous collection of land,sea and cloudscapes brought together in a beautiful calendar, produced by Garry Nicholson.

£20 or more

6 of 10 claimed

Pack of 12 Clif Bars

Delicious Choc Chip flavour.

£30 or more

Great Value discounted BMC membership

Support Mend Our Mountains even more by becoming a member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) - the nation's representative body for walkers, climbers and mountaineers. (for non-BMC members)

£50 or more

MOM Hoodie

Limited edition Mend Our Mountains Hoodie with unique 'Beaten Track' artwork, designed by Tessa Lyons, on the back.

£60 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Columbia 'Explorer' 20l bag in Red

Columbia are supporting every UK National Park with amazing kit, and now they're supporting Mend Our Mountains too. This unisex backpack is a top choice for days on the hills, with well thought out features that improve every aspect of your hike. Roll top closure provides easy access, while the multi-point lash down system keeps everything in place.

£100 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Place on 'Map Interpretation' course

Voucher for a place on a 'Map Interpretation' course, delivered by Kevin Walker - Mountain Adventures, in the Brecon Beacons or Black Mountains. Ts and Cs apply.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Place on Outdoor First Aid Course

Delivered by Borderlands First Aid. Ts and Cs apply.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Place on National Navigation Award Scheme

Delivered by Borderlands Outdoor - a place on National Navigation Award Scheme (bronze or silver) course. Ts and Cs apply.

£175 or more

0 of 1 claimed

2 night stay for up to 4 people in a private room

Courtesy of YHA Stays - 2 nights for up to 4 people in a private family room at any appropriate YHA nationally, subject to availability. Other Ts and Cs apply.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Rab 'Ascent 700' Sleeping Bag

Rab say: "A great versatile all-rounder for camping, backpacking and mountain use over 3 seasons." Grab it before it's gone! Please make sure you choose Men's or Women's in 'Options'. Courtesy of Trekitt.

£10 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Vango Vacuum Flask

Grab a great vacuum flask, courtesy of Vango, when you donate £10 or more to the Brecon Beacons.

£10 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Montane 25th Anniversary Chief

British brand Montane is celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2018, pledge £10 and receive a limited edition Montane Chief; multi-purpose fast drying headwear that can be used to protect the head, neck or face. Featuring a repeat pattern of the Montane 25th Logo pattern on the iconic Montane orange background. Sure to be a collector's item.

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Columbia 'Watch Cap II'

Columbia are supporting every UK National Park with amazing kit, and now they're supporting Mend Our Mountains too. A year-round staple fashioned in classic sailor-cap style, featuring a cozy acrylic-nylon blend with vertical ribs for fit and comfort.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Montane Prism Glove

Win a Pair of Montane’s amazing Prism Gloves (RRP £45.00), these revolutionary PrimaLoft insulated, and Pertex outer fabric warm gloves have a micro pack size and a superb warmth to weight ratio., Ideal as multi-use gloves that will live unnoticed in your pack or pocket, they can easily be pulled on when needed.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

YHA Stays - 2 nights for one person in a dorm room

Courtesy of YHA Stays - 2 nights for one person in a dorm room at any appropriate YHA nationally, subject to availability. Ts and Cs apply.

£90 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Lowe Alpine 'Aeon' 35L pack

Get this lightweight, versatile and technical pack when you pledge today. Lowe Alpine's 'Aeon' is a brilliant choice for various outdoor adventures. Colour: Anthracite. Courtesy of Trekitt.

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2 night stay for up to 4 people in a camping pod

Courtesy of YHA Stays - 2 nights for up to 4 people in a luxury camping pod at any appropriate YHA nationally, subject to availability. Other Ts and Cs.

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