Breakfast on the Caerfanell Circuit   8 comments

Some brief words on a little stroll we had in June. I’ve done this walk a couple of times, clockwise a couple of summer’s ago, anticlockwise last autumn. You can look at maps and lots of my wittering stream of written consciousness if you follow the links to the previous visits. You can see from those posts and the photos below that this is a little cracker of a walk.

Nant Bwrefwr

Waterfalls on the Nant Bwrefwr

Nant Bwrefwr

“Oh what a beautiful morning”

This was another clockwise journey with TJS and TBF. We took advantage of TJF staying at a friends for an early start. As a special treat I cooked me and TJS a bacon sandwich halfway up the hill by the stream. It was a lovely spot and great start to the day

Nant Bwrefwr

Nant Bwrefwr

Still time for a lesson learned though. Even with the little pot stand the heat given off by a Jetboil stove is ferocious. Enough to warp a Trangia frying pan, burn off its non-stick coating and melt the end of my daughter’s pink spork – she was not amused. Worth it for a cooked breakfast under a clear blue sky 🙂

Nant Bwrefwr

Breakfast by the Nant Bwrefwr

We had to get back for a Scouts event for D so it was a brisk walk from there. It was a perfect day for walking, clear skies, abundant sunshine and a brisk wind to keep us cool

Craig-y-Fan Ddu

TBF on Craig-y-Fan Ddu

Caerfanell, Craig-y-Fan Ddu

Caerfanell valley & Craig-y-Fan Ddu

The walk along the long edge above the Caerfanell Valley was simply superb

Caerfanell, Craig-y-Fan Ddu

Caerfanell valley & Craig-y-Fan Ddu

Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn

Pen y Fan, Corn Du & Cribyn

The views across to the high summits of the Brecons and north to the perfect northern u-shaped valleys was as good as I can remember

Waun Rydd

North from Waun Rydd

Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Waun Rydd

Happy Walkers

Even the boggy bits were dry 🙂

Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Waun Rydd

Pen y Fan, Corn Du and Cribyn from Waun Rydd

Allt Llwyd, Sugar Loaf, Talybont Reservoir

Allt Llwyd, Sugar Loaf and Talybont Reservoir

As the route switches from the edges on both sides of the ridge so the views and aspect changes to great effect. The sense of height and space from these edges is something to behold. I love it up here

Gwalciau’r Cwm, Craig-y-Fan

Edge from Gwalciau’r Cwm to Craig-y-Fan

As ever despite the perfect weather and the fact it was Saturday we saw hardly anyone. Pen y Fan would we mobbed on a day like this

Gwalciau’r Cwm, Waun yr Gorlan

Gwalciau’r Cwm from Waun yr Gorlan

The Caerfanell river and it’s waterfalls were as special as ever. Had we not been in a bit of a hurry I could have sat by the banks for hours.


Caerfanell Waterfalls


Delicately poised


Caerfanell Waterfalls

At the bottom of the falls there were several families playing in the river with some light gorge scrambling. Something to remember when I need some water based fun in the summer. The usual sting in the tail of this walk is the steep climb through the trees back up to the car. It was pretty hot by then and we were all suffering a little from the brisk pace. This waterfall with its carpet of bluebells gave us a fitting finale to the walk


Bluebells by the waterfalls

Short and sweet but I’m now only 2 weekends behind in my posts. A couple of great backpacking trips to write-up. Shame I’m off to Wales for a week and then France for 3 weeks. Looks like I’ll be writing in the past for a couple of months yet 🙂


8 responses to “Breakfast on the Caerfanell Circuit

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  1. What a charming place to have a breakfast. Your photos are again very beautiful and present awesome places where You live.


  2. I always love the views. You mentioned your son is in scouts. Both of my kids were in scouts as well. My son received his Eagle Scout and my daughter her Gold Award in Girl Scouts. Scouts is a wonderful program – I enjoyed it as much as they did.


    • He really loves his scouts. He went out kayaking yesterday and he has a week camp in a couple of weeks. It’s not as popular over here as it once was but it’s a great way to learn new skills and a sense of responsibility


  3. What a lovely idea to get up early and have breakfast out in a spot like that! Expensive though, if you’ve had to buy a new frying pan and pink spork…. If you lived closer I’d let you have my little titanium frying pan; I’ve tried cooking pancakes on it several times while I’ve been out, but they’ve always burnt for some reason 🙂


  4. excellent photo’s looks a tad warm for me 🙂


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