Brecon Catch-up

Back home and with power restored to my laptop, I’m able to post a “catch-up” report on my time in the Brecon Beacons.

Thursday 1st July

The forecast morning rain and wind didn’t arrive until teatime, so a potential walking day was lost. My wet weather option was to visit the Big Pit mining museum which included an underground tour of the mine workings.

Friday 2nd July

Hay Bluff and Lord Hereford’s Knob (2250ft)

After overnight rain, it was a bright morning but by the time I had driven to the start, just above Hay on Wye, the breeze had freshened and I quickly swapped shorts for long trousers. The last 3 mile of the drive to the start was a nightmare along single track roads with high hedges and blind bends. The walk started with a 650ft climb from the car park to Hay Bluff (2200ft). The effort was rewarded with a longish ridge walk before a brief descent and another climb to Lord Hereford’s Knob (2250ft). In total the walk was 6 miles with 1,400ft of ascent.

Saturday 3rd July

Set off early to do a waterfalls walk. However, on the drive to the start, the cloud built up and it started to rain. Not wishing to get soaked, I abandoned the walk in favour of sport on TV. Perhaps very early starts are not a good idea as it didn’t rain all day at the caravan site.

Sunday 4th July

Wind and rain forecast by midday so another day in the caravan.

Monday 5th July

Ystradfellte 7 miles & 1,300ft

Today was bright & breezy so I set off to do the walk that I had intended to do on Saturday but abandoned because of the rain. This was an undulating walk across varied countryside and through woodland. A pleasant enough walk but not one that I would do again.

Tuesday 6th July

Fan-y-Big (2,340ft) & Craig Cwareli (2,440ft)

A fine day for a big walk – 10 miles & 2,500ft of ascent. Starting from LLanfrynach just outside Brecon, it was a steady slog up a long grassy incline to the top of the Beacons. Away to the left were Crybin, Pen-y-Fan & Corn Du. Once at the top there was a long ridge walk around the top of Cwm Oergwm before the steady descent back to LLanfrynach.

Wednesday 7th July

Rain forecast but none fell. A day of rest after yesterday’s exertions.

Thursday 8th July

Pen-y-Crug (1,075ft) from Brecon

A local 7?? mile 950ft walk today in fair weather. At about halfway I stopped to apply some insect repelant and whilst doing this was attacked by a number of biting flies. Thankfully Antisan minimised their effect.

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