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Black Mountain Activities
Ranked #3 of 6 Tours in Brecon
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

6 of us did a 4 night, 5 day trip at the end of June 2012 to celebrate a couple of 30th Birthday's with Black Mountain and we absolutely loved it! Originally we had booked to canoe about 60/70 miles down the river Wye but when we got there we were not allowed on the river as the water levels were too high and it was too dangerous. This meant that we had to go on the Brecon canal which we were a bit dissapointed with but it was no fault of Black Mountain Activities and we were determined to make the most of our trip. Although it perhaps wasn't as good as the river trip may have been (which we will be trying again one day when the weather sorts itself out) we had a great time and i would strongly recommend arranging a similar trip if you get the chance.

Black Mountain were very helpful and even drove 45 minutes to one of our campsites to swap our canoes for mountain bikes when we fancied a change. They even stored half of our belongings for a couple of days as we had to cut back to the essentials. The two campsites that we stayed at were organised by Black Mountain as our previous bookings were useless because they were on the river. Both campsites were well run and ideal for our trip although you will need to consider distances from the river as lugging canoes and barrels about can be hard work!

We will hopefully be coming back to Wales to do the river trip but the alternative that Black Mountain arranged on our behalf was a good substitute, great fun and decent value for money.

Thank you to Annette and all at Black Mountain for making our trip such a good one.

3  Thank danieljlawton
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Lied to about river been open so they could still keep our money! Although many companies were still offering open top canoes launched from identical points the small man who works for them should be sacked instantly as he has no customer service skills whatsoever!

3  Thank Hughjardon76
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

26 of us came togeva to celebrate a friends 30th birthday with this company. We booked well in advance for open top canoeing down the river. We were well aware of the wonderful British weather and how it affects the river so we kept in close contact with the company who reassured us that the river is fine and that we would be going down it! When we arrived we were told we could go on the river as it was to high when we questioned our earlier phone calls saying we could he called us liars saying no 1 had said any such thing!! To our frustration every other company in the area was allowing people on the river! We were offered the canal instead and told to like it or lump it! So of we went to the canal been told its got 4 pubs un plenty to see! Well guess who's the liar there was 1 pub and 6 miles of horrid stinking canal!
When we reached the end of the canal to be picked up we voiced our frustration about the whole situation to which the man then refused to take us back to our cars trying to leave us in the middle of no where with no taxi numbers! After our refusal to stand for this he agreed to take us back! To be told no one has been on the river for 3 wks with he's company!!
We traveled 100 mile to get here and were lied to, to make sure we didnt pull out which we certainly would have with the canal option!

2  Thank Rjm46
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

This activity had been booked for a friend's hen do: we were meant to be doing the half-day activity gorge walking but due to torrential rains the river was too high to 'walk', so we were upgraded to the full-day of white water rafting without charge.
Our group (of 12 girls) joined another group of 6 guys and white water rafted down 12 miles of the River Wye. Some of our group were very nervous but our fantastic river guides put us at ease and we had a great time. The river varied from being gentle enough for us to stand up on the edges of the rafts talking about ourselves, to 'Hell Hole' - a grade 3+ rapid. Lots of time spent in the water and messing around.
Couldn't rate the company, our guide (Mike) and the day out highly enough. Would definitely recommend.

2  Thank PMBennett_12
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

A very wet and windy day but mike made it so worth it the only place I could find to set up a day to do what I wanted very professional and a good laugh with it very highly recommended

2  Thank J666hls
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