Snow from nowhere   6 comments

It caught me off guard did this day. Forecast was for sunshine and showers but I hadn’t checked the temperatures. As we drove out towards the Black Mountains all was white on the tops. I thought we’d seen the end of the snow but no – there was more.

This is another of my favourite routes, one I’ve done many times before, the most recent here. However TJS has never done this route and he was up for it. For a cold wintery day it’s ideal, high enough to get up into the snow, short enough that it’s not too far if you get a soaking.

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Which is exactly what happened to my DSLR camera when it fell out of the boot of the car into a puddle when I opened it. Luckily it was in it’s case so it’s just fine although the case still has the mud marks

Narrow-ish ridges are a rarity in South Wales. Y Grib is one to be treasured. We were soon on it’s crest and heading up into the snow. It was a bitingly cold day but with that clarity of air that comes with a showery winter day.

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Everything looked white up high. There was only a couple of inches of snow but it covered everything.

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

The cloud came down and swamped us while we were on the summit but no matter. The edges are much better viewpoints in the Black Mountains than the summits.

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

It was too cold linger so we rushed on heading down and looking for somewhere for lunch. We found one at the col before Mynydd Llysiau although it was a little bleak and draughty especially for TJS as I’d forgotten his hot chocolate. He took it well, probably better than I would have done had the roles been reversed

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

By the time we set off my fingers were numb, took me a good half hour to get the feeling back. Sometimes my quest for a brew on a winters walk should really be curtailed

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

The weather was really indecisive, flirting between blue skies and deep black clouds and heavy snow showers.

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

The walk finishes with a climb up Castell Dinas – a brutually steep one at that but a very fine viewpoint to finish off a day in the Black and White Mountains

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

Black Mountains, castell dinas, mynydd troed, talgarth, waun fach, y grib, pen trumau, mynydd llysiau

A very fine walk this one, good to see it under some snow this time

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6 responses to “Snow from nowhere

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  1. Looks like another great day – like we said in Scotland: changeable days have a real edge somehow. TJS seems to have become a fully fledged mountain man.
    He took your careless no-hot-choc ‘probably’ better than you would have done did he? Can there really be any doubts? You’d have gone spare.

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    beatingthebounds
  2. The cold certainly comes through in those photos!

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    • I really love days like these, there is a clarity to the light you just don’t get in the warmer weather. I’m still waiting for the first day when I can wear my shorts though 🙂

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