Dan-yr-Ogof and back

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Lovely hike in the Western Brecon Beacons with Martin. Up the Tawe valley to Llyn y Fan Fawr, up on to the ridge and along to Fan Foel, then back along the ridge line via Allt Fach. Camping at Dan-yr-Ogof (thirty years after staying in the holiday chalets there as a kid); great grub at Tafarn-yr-Garreg; and a lovely cuppa from the guy in the campavan who took pity on us breaking camp in the rain this morning. Awesomeness.

Pen-Y-Fan and Cribyn Again

Signpost

A return visit to Pen-Y-Fan and Cribyn. Only this time the weather was a little cooler.

Iceman

The strong head-wind and horizontal snow/sleet mix made for an interesting hike up along Cefn Cwm Llwch.

Pen-Y-Fan

Visibility was marginal – with the occasional clearing of the cloud to show that we weren’t hiking inside a white tent. The last section up to the summit even had a bit of ice axe action.

Craig Cwm Sere

The trail down the eastern edge (along Craig Cwm Sere) had deep, occasionally thigh deep, snow drifts, with some decent plunge stepping down to the saddle. A brief pause to test the wind speed by noting the angle that the map case flew at (horizontal map case = fast wind), before heading up to Cribyn and then down to the track at Bwlch ar y Fan.

A hike down in the gathering gloom-cum-head torch darkness to a fantastic dinner at the White Swan in Llanfrynach.

Cribyn from the campsite

The view this morning was much clearer – you could even see the top of Cribyn which we’d raced passed the previous day. But no sign of Pen-Y-Fan, nor of Martin’s shades that took a flying dive off the cliff during the summit photo-opp. A good way to go if ever there was one.

Dorset Hike

Coast

Fantastic hike with Martin along the beautiful Dorset coast.

brew on the range

The ranges were closed, so we took a slightly different route so we could get a great view of the red danger flags in the distance.

end of the line

Further along the coast we found what looked like the end of the line on Egmont Point.

best sign post ever

Thanks to the world’s best sign posts, we found the pub. And it was open.

Pen Y Fan

breakie

Breakie for champions (or just Aiddy & Mart) after a restful night (ignoring the herc at 150ft) in the camping field at Cantref Adventure Farm and Bunkhouse.

Road from the campsite

Before setting off down the lane towards the mountains.

Cloud seeding the welsh way

The bright spring morning with clear blue skies had obviously unsettled the locals who, knowing that hikers expect it to rain when in Wales, instantly sprang into action, seeding some low level clouds to make us feel at home during the hike up through the foothills.

Pen Y Fan

Sheep

We saw some sheep too – another unusual sight for this part of the world.

Pen Y Fan Sign

The path up to Pen Y Fan was clearly marked

On the top

and in next to no time we were up at the top, with next to no one else around. Except that is for the UKs teenage population “doing DofE” and two crazy polish mountain bikers.

Pen Y Fan & Crybin from Craig Cwareli

Not content with just one peek, we bagged Crybin and Fan Y Big (or was it Big Y Fan?)

Where we hiked from

before skirting Craig Cwareli which dropped us right into the lovely village of Llanfrynach…

Pub, or not

…and the pub for a well deserved pint of Brains.

Except the pub was shut.

Next time we’ll ring ahead and check before hiking 14-odd miles and up (and down) 3,800 feet for a drink.

Top hike. Cheers Mart.

The Needles

The needles

Sun corner

Martin recommended the Needles and an amazing recommendation it was too. Old battery, new battery and the rocket engine test site. With views of the ‘needles, cliffs, caves and everything’!

The gang with needles

Fay & Finn

The boys were fantastic with the hike down to the headland in the freezing weather. Special mention to little-F who managed to dig deep despite being several shades under the weather.

Martin, photog

Lovely spot for some piccy snapping…

you are here

…and waving across the Solent to Nana and Granddad
(who didn’t wave back despite us being clearly visible).

The needles

Old Battery was sign-posted as closed at the start of the walk down, but don’t be put off, there’s great views and the National Trust redeemed itself with an open tea room!

A lovely end to a FAB thanksgiving weekend. Big thanks to KMDFM.