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“They’re Friends from Work”   12 comments

The fact that I like to hike in the hills seems a source of constant humour for my work colleagues with me the butt of the jokes. I was surprised to find that secretly some of them actually hankered for a hike in the hills so I said I’d lead them out on one my favourite south Wales hikes in the Brecon Beacons.

A little gang of four assembled at the cafe in Talybont on Usk for a fry up before heading for the mountains. (The title of the blog is in reference to one of my favourite lines from the Marvel movies – very topical at this time)

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A round of the Neuadd Reservoirs taking in the highest summits of the Beacons range. We were all rather caught out by just how cold it was.

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Here is the first of our little band posing for a photo. She decided to tone down the colours for this hike!

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Its a short and very steep climb up on to the edges that had is puffing hard. Luckily the sweat was soon removed by the ferocious and icy wind that was blasting at us across the valley.

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The photos don’t really do justice to just how cold and windy it was, enough to blow one our team clean off her feet a few times.

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Whilst the sun disappeared for the rest of the day, the cloud base was high and it stayed dry, which is a much as you can ask for on day planned a long way in advance.

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I had inform my new comrades that a key objective of any hike is make regular and lengthy stops to brew up and eat lots of food. They seemed quite keen on the idea despite the chilly wind, especially when I produced home-made cake that TBF had lovingly prepared.

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We reached the top of Pen y Fan – together with a few dozen other people and posed for a team photo for me on south Wales highest peak.

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Despite blisters and foot problems (this is quite a tough walk by south Wales standards) they agreed to continue the summit bagging and we took in Cribyn as well.

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And another couple of happy looking group shots.

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Including one with yours truly in it, demonstrating an odd pose and leg angle that says very clearly why I try and avoid being photographed in the first place.

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After another brew and scoff stop I convinced them that we could bag one more summit. The fact that my work colleagues share a distinctly smutty sense of humour and that the summit was called Fan y Big had nothing to do with it.

One last summit photo on the rock outcrop on the summit. They look happy that I’ve dragged them out on a bitterly cold day to wander about in the hills when they could have been home watching TV and doing domestic chores.

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And then it was time to head down across grassy slopes and bog and return to the real world.

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I normally walk either on my own or with the family down here so walks can be a little repetitive. I really enjoyed this day immensely for a variety of reasons. It was great to share my passion for both hiking (or should I say mountaineering) and for the Brecon Beacons with new companions. It was equally good to see them really enjoying the day as much as I was (well they said they did anyway) and I have to admit I enjoyed showing off a bit. They have all been out in the mountains before but never as regular thing and seemed to relish the challenge and chance to enjoy the outdoors. This is what keeps me sane through the drudgery of modern life and I really hope they went home with the same feeling of spirits lifted. We certainly laughed a lot on this hike as we always do at work. We are close knit bunch and my working life would likely be intolerable if they weren’t around to make me smile and keep me grounded.

I really hope we can do this more often and hopefully persuade some of my other work friends to join us. Who can’t love a hike!

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The Beast from the East meets the Brecon Beacons   16 comments

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Nicking a blog title from the cold weather media frenzy is cheap and lazy I know but its 9pm and I can’t be bothered with trying to come up with anything original.

Another classic route. The round of the Brecon Beacons Four Peaks (Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn, Fan y Big) from the south, a circuit of the Neuadd Valley and its reservoirs. It was cold when we set off but we had no idea how cold it was going to get

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The sky was a sensational deep blue and the few clouds hugging the eastern slopes were soon burnt off. The approach road was glacial

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The walk across the dam of the lower reservoir is always a pleasure

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The path up to the western edges is steep and I found it surprisingly hard work after my bout of flu. When we hit the ridge we felt the full blast of the beast

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The wind was ferocious and staggeringly cold. Its rare on a dry day, even in winter, that I don full fleeces and jacket with the hood up but it was essential. Even then my face was burning with cold

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Luckily the views were spectacular and at least the wind was kind of behind us

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We’d made an early start and I was anxious where we would stop for lunch. I figured we could get out of the wind behind Corn Du as I thought the lower cols would be windier, funnelling the wind

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I was wrong. Even directly behind the summit the wind was just blowing, over and around the summit. We hid behind a couple of rock outcrops, stuffed our faces quickly and moved on

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The walk between Corn Du and Pen y Fan was straight into the wind. The cold was almost unbearable, one of the coldest 10 minutes I can remember in the mountains. I was starting to think that carrying on with this for the next few hours wasn’t all that sensible but as we reached the summit of Pen y Fan the wind abated quite significantly. For the rest of the day the wind only blew in gusts and at times it was relatively pleasant, almost warm. There was of course the usual crowd of seriously under-equipped people on the summit. Some people just have no idea how much difference there is between a sunny sheltered car park and a 3,000 foot summit exposed to an easterly winter wind. Trainers, jeans, exposed ankles, people carrying babies, they were all there. I walked away shaking my head

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90% of people climb Pen y Fan from the Storey Arms. Head off the summit in the other direction and calm and quiet is restored. The view back to Pen y Fan and over to Cribyn’s pointed summit and dark shadowed northern face were majestic

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I took the path along the edge of the cliffs to the summit of Cribyn. This flat grassy spot halfway up has been earmarked for a wild camp some day – just on a less windy and cold day

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A brief rest on the summit and the off along the edge towards the col ahead of Fan y Big

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Another of my favourite sections of the Beacons edges

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The col rather than being wild and windy as I thought was calm and benign so we stopped for a cuppa and second lunch. I was feeling pretty tired but I was convinced that Fan y Big needed an ascent and the views from its summit are exceedingly fine so the convincing wasn’t that hard

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In addition, the walk back from its summit above the reservoirs is far more pleasant than the long drag down the bumpy path to the car park

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The view back to the Four Peaks

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Back to the car to warm up (heated seats were very welcome) and back for a very one-sided cup final to finish off a damned fine day. The beast was tamed for now.

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I’m off to Scotland at the weekend to take it on again – if I can get there!

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 🙂

2014 Started with a bang in The Beacons   14 comments

My mate GM has recently moved south to Worcester and I’d been keen to show off some more of the local mountains. He came down for a weekend just after New Year and the Saturday coincided with decent forecast so together with trusty sidekick, TJS we headed for a day on the high peaks of the Brecon Beacons. Me and TJS had done a similar route about a year ago in snow so a repeat was in order. You can read about that trip here.

There were clouds hugging the summits when we set off in a cold wind but plenty of blue sky filled gaps and our hopes were high. The morning views were grand.

Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

We cut the corner off to hit the edge as direct as we could and although we avoided the bog the slope was lung-bustingly steep. Advantage was that we were quickly up high and to see the summits and sky clearing. It was turning into a cracker.

Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

We made swift progress along the ridge towards Corn Du where we saw the gathering masses. both Corn Du and Pen y Fan were smothered with people but it was far too good a day to be worried about crowds and when you have a 360 blue sky panorama on a crystal sharp day, they seem to melt into the background.

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Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

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Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

We had a lovely sheltered lunch on the slopes of Pen y Fan, playing plane spotting with my phone app to pass the time

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Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

We avoided the crowds on the climb to Cribyn by hugging the northern edge. There is a fine grassy shelf about halfway up that just begs a wild camp (NB, bring water!). The views just got better and clearer as we crested Cribyn and strolled along the edge.

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Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

Our plan had been to head down from there, but the weather was so stupendous that we just carried on up to Fan y Big.

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Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

As we sat for a snack on the summit we discussed the possible chance that the Northern Lights were supposed to be visible that night. Almost on a whim we decided to stay up high for as long as we could.

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Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

We wandered around on the summit and watched the sun turn the whole landscape a mixture of glorious golden reds and browns as it set. The Moon was big in the sky and I managed to get some pretty decent shots including some aircraft shots, not too shabby seeing as I didn’t have a tripod and these were hand-taken.

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Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

It was absolutely magnificent. An hour rushed by and I reeled of loads of photos of hills and sunset alike. No sign of the Northern Lights but to be honest they would have had to have been pretty special to beat the light show we were looking at now.

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Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

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Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan y Big

Eventually the cold and ensuing darkness forced us to head down – that and the fact there was a roast dinner waiting for us. The bright moonlight made walking in the dark an easy process although TJS wasn’t all that keen. I kept telling him it was good practice but he didn’t seem to get it 🙂

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We were back at the car in total darkness, tired but massively fulfilled after a terrific day. We watched for the Northern Lights all the way home and from the garden through the evening but never saw them. To be honest they weren’t missed!

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

Brecon Beacons Neuadd Valley round – sold down the river   4 comments

On my travels and walks over the last few weeks I’ve been extremely lucky with the weather. Good forecasts have come true and coincided with days when I was able to get out. That run of luck had to change sooner or later and this week it did.

With my new life of relative leisure I decided on day out in the Brecon Beacons. I’d long harboured a plan to walk the full length of the main escarpment. If you do it from the north it involves major effort and lots of road walking to get back to the start point so I thought that starting from near the Neuadd reservoirs in the south would be a better bet as well as maximizing the chances of sunshine at this time of year.

11 miles, 200 feet of ascent

The forecast was for a bright and cloudy morning with increasing sunshine through the day. I woke to a clear morning and frost on the car so I was with some enthusiasm that I headed for the hills after dropping D off at school. By the time I reached the car park there was a blanket of dark grey cloud and all the tops were deeply smothered in grey wet-looking stuff. Still I had the forecast of an improvement and there were some ever-so-faint glimpses of the sun behind the grey mass so I thought I’d go for it. I’d gone about 300 yards from the car before it started to rain!

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Gloomy conditions at the start

I kept with my plan and trudged up the road towards the car park on the pass heading to the Tal-y-bont reservoir. I was taking the same upward route to the ridge as I’d done earlier this year on a walk around the Caerfanell valley (much better weather and photos). Whilst it was kind of atmospheric this time in the low cloud, it was damp, cold and windy.

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Looking towards Tal-y-Bont

I reached the ridge without a break and just carried on along the escarpment towards Fan-y-Big. I saw nothing other than cloud the whole way. As I reached the top the cloud did lift a little and I got some views into the stunning perfect U-shaped valleys to the north.

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Cwm Oergwm

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Fan-y-Big

I dropped down to the col before the climb to Cribyn and seeing as it was still in the murk I saw no point in climbing to the top. I followed one of the sheep-tracks that curve under its NE face which at least allowed me to get out of the wind and have a long rest to recuperate after walking all the way from the car without a break. It’s a great situation and as I was out of the cloud I felt a little brighter.

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Cribyn NE Face

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Fan-y-Big

Refreshed I carried on and took up the chance to walk one of my favourite paths that traverses directly across the N face of Cribyn. If you’ve never done this I urge you to give it a go. It’s easy to find the start from either end and you can still climb/descend the north ridge of Cribyn either before or after to take in the summit. It’s an airy traverse but never difficult as long as you have a head for heights. Today it was out of the cloud and the grim conditions gave it more of a brooding atmosphere

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Looking west across Cribyn N face

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Looking east across Cribyn N face

All through the day I’d been clinging to the hope that the weather would turn. When I reached the col before the climb to Pen-y-Fan I decided enough was enough. It looked dark and miserable (if anything worse than earlier) further on so I abandoned the plan and just headed off on the path back to the car. The path traverses the south slopes of Cribyn all the way to the col under Fan-y-Big before picking up the roman road back down the valley. I’d in effect walked all around Cribyn so that was minor interesting achievement to the day. Alas the walk back to the car didn’t improve my mood. The Neuadd valley is a great round at high level but the valley itself and the long roman road are a little dull especially on a dreary day like this. To add insult I was trying out my new boots and had the wrong sock combination on so I had sore feet and blisters as a result. It became a grim route march that was totally out of character with my normal mountain mindset and I reached the car in a pretty dismal frame of mind

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Looking back to Cribyn from Neuadd valley

I tried my best to enjoy what I had but I just couldn’t get my mind to gel with the day. Usually on days like this I can still enjoy the experience but not today. Whether I wasn’t in the right frame of mind or whether it was the disappointment of a the forecast letting me down I can’t say. Whichever it was, the walk became a test of my own stamina as to how long I could keep going and how far/fast I could walk. This goes against everything I normally strive for when out walking. To me walking is not a test of endurance or a set of goals and targets to achieve (I have enough of those at work – at least I did anyway :)). It’s about immersing yourself in the scenery and atmosphere and revelling in the fact that even on the less than great weather days there is still plenty to enjoy and there are much, much worse places to be. What I should have done this day is simply have shrugged my shoulders and turned back, shortened the route, or taken a different or lower level route. That way I could walked at a more leisurely pace and settled for and, more importantly enjoyed, something different. What it turned into was a day like I used to have when I was younger when I felt I HAD to go out and HAD to climb something big or it just wasn’t worth it. I don’t want to go back to that mindset so I hope I’ve learned that lesson. I’ve since been out with Jane to the Radnor Forest hills and I think I’ve got my mojo back. 🙂

Flickr slide show this time – enjoy!

Posted November 25, 2011 by surfnslide in Brecon Beacons, Wales, Walking

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