I first walked in the Black Mountains over 20 years ago and led many groups and day walks and overnight expeditions, camping at high level. I had a break, travelled around and returned to the area several years ago. I was surprised at hammering the hills had taken in that time. Paths were much wider and deeper and in many places the peat was non existent. The increase in walkers enjoying the hills, the random weather patterns and the influx of illegal off-roaders had all taken their toll.
A new group has now been established to provide the same service in the Central Beacons and both groups are on the lookout for new volunteers. So if you're up for a new challenge for the New Year then why not contact the volunteer co-ordinator at the Brecon Beacons National Park.