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Brecon Beacons Farewell   6 comments

The last weekend at home before TJS went back to University and chance for a last walk together for a while. He’d been keen to try the Snowdon Horseshoe but when I told him the time we’d have to get up, his keen-ness diminished. Given the choice he opted for a Brecon Beacons classic.

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The route up from the car park above the Talybont Reservoir, along the edges above the Caerfanell valley, round to Fan y Big and Cribyn and back down the Roman Road.

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A route we’ve done many times and the long walk perched along the edges above deep valleys is perfect for a blustery late summer day

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We got caught up amongst a large group other walkers who set off while we were halfway through their party who then proceeded to walk along without stepping aside and letting us past. Is it just me that thinks that’s a breach of hiker etiquette.

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Still, can’t let it spoil a great day.

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Turning westwards the views change to vistas across most of mid-Wales as far as Pumlumon and Cadair Idris.

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And of course the summit of South Wales, Pen y Fan.

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We stopped for lunch in sheltered spot on the slopes of Fan y Big before the steep climb and perfect edge along to the summit of Cribyn, one of the Beacons finest peaks.

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Returning to the col, its the long walk along the old road past the Neuadd Reservoirs although the larger one has been dry for many years now, such that it’s pretty much back to how it must have looked before its creation.

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As we passed the lower lake, the path was closed and lots of building and engineering work in evidence. Perhaps there is something wrong with the dams and they are repairing them. Remains to be seen whether that’s true and whether it’s better to see the valley in its natural state or with the dams and reservoirs restored. Having spent many of younger years exploring the Elan valley, I have a fondness for these dams and the landscape they create. There is something elegant about these Victorian constructions.

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Back along the Taff trail and along the road to finish the day. Next weekend the prodigal son returned to University and his own life as we faced the dwindling summer and a long winter that seems exceptionally long after two back to back weekends of dreary grey skies and rain.

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If a walk’s worth doing once…..   10 comments

It’s worth doing it again!

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

A picture dominated post this time. I did this identical walk a year or so back in pretty much identical conditions and wrote it all up. Which also tells you that the main reason it’s photos only is that I can’t be bothered to write the same old stuff down again and bore you senseless with my stream of prose.

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

Safe to say it was a cracking good day full of blue sky and abundant sunshine.

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

brecon beacons, Bwlch ar y Fan, Caerfanell, Corn Du, Craig Cwareli, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Craig Cwmoergwm, Craig-y-Fan Ddu, cribyn, Cwm Cynwyn, Cwm Oergwn, fan-y-big, Graig Fan Ddu, neuadd valley, pen y fan

If you want some words to accompany this then you can read my first post here. The music on the slideshow is much better 🙂

Carry On Up the Brecons – November 2013   8 comments

More demands from TJS for “proper” walks and another sunny window in this gloomiest and wettest of winters. I let him choose the route today and he wanted to climb the comically named Fan y Big in the Brecon Beacons approaching  from the east along the northern escarpment.

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We’ve walked many times on these western reaches as they are much quieter than the main summits but I can only recall doing this particular route once before on a really crap day a couple of winters back. This day was looking much more promising.

Only downside of this walk is it starts with an immediate and punishing steep climb to the edge of Craig y Fan Ddu. One to really to get the lungs and the leg muscles working. Upside is you get the views immediately with no forest or fields to bash through and the waterfalls along the side of the path provide interest.

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Caerfanell

Once up on the edge the views are majestic with the huge Caerfanell valley beneath you and a sumptuous level walk right along the edge that allows you take it all in. One of my favourite stretches of mountain walking both in south Wales or in fact anywhere. I can’t recommend the walks around here highly enough.

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The edge continues along Graig Fan Las until it suddenly emerges on the northern escarpment. The views east and south towards the south of Wales and across the Bristol Channel to Somerset and Devon and replaced with views north and west across the Usk and Wye valleys to mid-Wales, Shropshire and the southern mountains of Snowdonia.Brecon Beacons

The high summits of Pen y Fan, Corn Ddu and Cribyn also catch the eye and they were the magnets that pulled us along the next set of edges.

Fan y Big, Brecon Beacons

Fan y Big, Brecon Beacons

The walk to Fan y Big along the edges of Craig Cwareli and Craig Cwmoergwm is equally fine and equally quiet, following the swoops and curves of the edge before arriving quite suddenly on the summit of Fan y Big.

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Fan y Big, Brecon Beacons

Fan y Big

Not a summit in the true sense as it’s more just the end point of the long edge before the ridge heads north and the drop to the col before the climb to Cribyn. It’s a fine viewpoint and would have mad a great lunch stop had we not been so cold in the wind.

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We dropped down the path a found a small grassy hollow for our refuelling, TJS taking sustenance from his now regular cup of hot chocolate.

Fan y Big, Brecon Beacons

Fan y Big, Brecon Beacons

We stopped for a good hour such was the warmth out of the wind, playing with my camera and just enjoying the scene.

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We’d made good time and decided an ascent of Cribyn was also in order on such a grand day. After dropping to the col at Bwlch ar y Fan, the steep climb the long edge of Craig Cwm Cynwyn that curves to the summit is a fine one and the summit perched and prominent is cracker.

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Cribyn, Fan y Big

Shame that it’s very well-known and that you normally have to share it with the crowds so after a brief sit down we headed down.

Cribyn, Brecon Beacons

I’d planned to traverse it and return along the path that skirts its southern flanks but it was such a fine day and the views so superb that we just retraced our steps along the edge and back down to the col.

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Cribyn

Fan y Big, Brecon Beacons

It’s a very long plod down the old roman road along the Neuadd Valley and then the Taff trail and road back to the car. With the sun setting I barely noticed it.

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Neuadd Valley

The lightness of being after a great day on the hills is hard to comprehend sometimes. On the previous mention of this route I walked the same way in wet boots with sore feet and heavy heart and I hated every step. This time every step revealed a new vista, a different ray of light on a hillside, silhouettes of trees as the light faded.

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I was disappointed to reach the car but a day to remember and let’s face it they have been few and far between this winter!

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