Saturday, 22 May 2010

#102 - Brecon Beacon Horseshoe

The first full on summer weekend of the year! I drove down to Pencelli Castle campsite in the Brecon Beacons National Park, guaranteed a cloud free weekend!

No worries getting up early Saturday morning to start the walk; the morning sun soon made it unbearable to slouch in the tent for too long, and I was heading up Craig y Fan Ddu before 9am. Not ideal to start with a 250m climb straight from the car park, but I knew once it was out of the way, it was a gentle stroll to Fan y Big.

An hour in, I had my first sighting of other walkers in the distance, typically they were all congregating around the 3 peaks I was bound for.

Ticked off Fan y Big at 10.30am, Had climbed Cribyn by 11am, and after a lunch break half way up Pen y Fan, had reached it's summit by midday.

So, with the punishing climbs complete, a small matter of continuing around the horseshoe to a steep, rocky path that descended to the Neuadd Reservoir. Half way down I was passed by a naked rambler heading slowly up! My only thought was how much sun block he was wearing on a day like today!
At the reservoir, I rested under the first piece of shade I had seen for five hours! Then, on along the Taff Trail back to the car park. A tiring walk in the heat, but well worth the effort!
  • Date: 22/05/10
  • Region: Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Status: Solo
  • Description: Blaen y glyn – Craig y Fan Ddu – Fan y Big – Cribyn – Pen y Fan – Graig Fan Ddu – Neuadd Res – Taff Trail – Sunny, Hot, 18km, 6hrs.
  • Type of Walk: Personal Walking