A week in the Brecon Beacons

Looking over Dyffryn Crawnon valley towards Pen-y-Fan and Cribyn Looking along the Dyffryn Crawnon valley from Tor-y-Foel

David invited me to visit Dyffryn Crawnon in the Brecon Beacons for a week, and while he set about on repairs to the bunkhouse I have the opportunity to stretch my legs over a beacon or two.

The first amble was up and around the head of Dyffryn Crawnon valley, but from there I caught glimpses of Pen-y-Fan to the north and a few interesting looking mountains closer to home.

The second stroll was making my way back from Crickhowell, where David had gone to pick up the new mower. After a brief stop at the remains of the Castle I headed off to find the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal which could provide some good walking. It was very good walking, though it seemed someone had removed the plug and let all the water out.

The remnants of the Castle at Crickhowell The view over Llangattock and Crickhowell from the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal - still with no water

Then it was up and over Tor-y-Foel with its views across Talybont Reservoir, back along the ridge, down into the valley and along back to the bunkhouse in time for afternoon tea – David will have to try harder to get rid of me!

The view over Talybont Reservoir from Tor-y-Foel The view over Talybont Reservoir from Tor-y-Foel

The longest walk was to be to Pen-y-Fan and back, almost 20 miles up and over several mountains and through valleys. The weather was good though and with the light evenings I would have plenty of time.

The view north west from a cairn on Craig-y-Fan-Ddu looking towards Pen-y-Fan The view north west from Craig-Cwareli towards Cribyn and Pen-y-Fan

The views were quite amazing, with excellent visibility. With my legs aching I decided that in order to make it back I could contour round a few of the peaks on the way to Pen-y-Fan and contoured round them – so there will be more to walk if I get invited back.

More pictures from the walks can be found here.

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