Black Mountain Blast   6 comments

TJF was off at a sleepover with a friend so the Mountain triumvirate of me TJS and TBF planned a proper day out. Alas the forecast wasn’t great and we were in the midst of some seriously stormy weather. So stormy in fact that it ripped up most of my back garden fence and picked up our trampoline and threw it over a 8 foot fence and several hundred yards into the field next door.

So, ideal conditions for a walk in the Black Mountain.

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

It was a bitterly cold, windy and grey day. There was a semblance of brightness but the forecast was for a rapid deterioration so there was no time to hang about

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

A blistering pace was needed to avoid the next battering and to keep warm. The plod up to Llyn y Fan Fawr is an extremely wet one, TBF regretting not having bought new boots to replace the one’s with holes in. The lake is a wonderful spot and the last time I was up here it was in warm March sunshine.

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

No stopping today. Onwards and upwards. When we hit the edge of Fan Brycheiniog we hit the wind. It was ferocious. A real battle to stay upright. It’s hard work and a little disconcerting – the edge is quite sharp and the drop quite significant – but I love walking in a gale. Blows the working weeks dust out from the brain and makes you feel properly alive. A battle with the elements is good for the soul.

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Again despite hunger we just pressed on, staying away from the edge for fear of being blown off. At Fan Foel we made the decision to abort the rest of the route to Bannau Sir Gaer and head down. The clouds were darkening and we’d have been walking into the teeth of the gale for an hour. It meant an earlier finish but we had enough fun in the wind for now.

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

The small pools of water on the top had been blown and then frozen – a capture of small waves in action.

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

We dropped down to the exceedingly fine unmarked path that traverses under the cliffs we’d just walked along. Almost immediately that we turned under the cliffs we were in calm conditions. Lunchtime under the brooding cliffs and stormy skies was well-earned

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

As soon as we reached the lake we were blasted by the wind again.

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

The trouble with still images is they don’t really capture how windy it is. Except this shot. As the gusts of wind roared across the lake they whipped some mightily impressive tornadoes of spray with a deafening growl.

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Back down through the bogs to the car. Almost a relief to sit in the car in silence without the constant drone of the wind.

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Bannau Sir Gaer, Black Mountain, Fan Brycheiniog, llyn y fan fach, llyn y fan fawr, mynyd du, fan fawr

Not a blue sky Wales day, this one was for the connoisseur (re: mad)

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6 responses to “Black Mountain Blast

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  1. “Blows the working weeks dust out from the brain and makes you feel properly alive”
    Brilliant!
    OK – I concede the point, blue skies aren’t everything.
    I remember these hills from that March post – they look singularly spectacular.

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    beatingthebounds
  2. Worra nice little walk – wild and windy! Very atmospheric photographs too, they really portray the day conditions well.

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  3. Still always good to get out even if the weather conditions aren’t ideal!

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