A real taste of Summer   8 comments

March really delivered a few stunning days. After a grand day on Hatterrall Hill we were treated to another magnificent day in the Begwyns. I’ve only recently discovered the subtle charms of this little known patch of wild open land but I must say it’s immediately captured my heart. A fine a warm day was promised back in mid-March and with the family in tow we decided the Begwyns was the place for a lazy stroll

 

 

Apologies for the blemishes on the photos – must have been a speck of dust or dirt on the lens I haven’t been bothered to touch up the images. Don’t think it detracts from the splendour too much 🙂

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

It was a breezy day and cool in the wind but the sky was an amazing deep blue colour and dry turf springy just bounced us along

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

The views were amazing. To lengthen the walk we took several little detours to see if we could find any frogs or frog-spawn – we saw loads of the latter

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

We wandered across a succession of paths around the summit before hunger for a picnic lunch drove us to the summit

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

The small wood on the summit surrounded by a wall (The Roundabout) was a perfect picnic spot and sheltered from the wind it was sunbathing weather. We sat, ate and chilled for well over an hour, enjoying the first really warm day of 2014

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

The kids again enjoyed playing selfies with my camera

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

A powered glider passed over and gave us a little air acrobatics show

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

This cloud over the Black Mountains reminded me of the Alien spacecraft in “Independence Day”

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

The walk back to car the way we came was just as good with the wind behind us. If there is a fault with the Begwyns, its that they are over too soon. Only a short 3-4 mile walk covers an out and back from the eastern end

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

Black Mountains, brecon beacons, gladestry hill, Glascwm hill, Hay-on-Wye, Llanbedr hill, mynydd troed, the begwyns, the roundabout

Still the shortness of the day did allow plenty of time to sit outside in the sunshine at home, drinking cold becks beer and eating chilli. What more could a man (and his family) want! 🙂

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8 responses to “A real taste of Summer

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  1. The woods on the summit is interesting. No trees anywhere else except on the summit. We these planted here at some point?

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  2. You planning any nights out soon?

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    • I say this every year but I am planning to get out more often. It’s tough with family commitments but hoping to get a couple of nights out before the summer holidays

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  3. Landscapes are gorgeous. Sunny days can be cool when there is wind on summits. Gorgeous photos again.

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  4. A bit of blue sky and some sunshine doesn’t half make a difference. Looks idyllic. I invigilated a music exam last year, the pupils had to listen to 4 pieces of music and then answer questions about them. I’m sure that one of them was ‘Roll Away Your Stone’. Top tune anyway.

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    beatingthebounds
  5. One of the best days of the year so far weather wise, at least down here. Not listened to that album much but it is rather excellent

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