So, I packed the camper, picked up a friend and headed to the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The weather forecast for most of the UK was light snow showers and chilly – perfect weather for hill walking. By the time we got to our campsite on Friday evening www.talybontfarmcamping.co.uk it was dark, so we set up camp and immediately headed for the pub. After a great meal and a few beers, we got an early night so we were set for an early start on Saturday morning. We parked the camper at lower Pont Cwmyfedwen, as the upper car park was inaccessible due to the snow. We planned our route through Biaen y Glyn Forest but had to turn back due the ground being a quagmire. We picked up on the Taff Trail a couple of miles up the road and continued to hike. By now the weather was closing in fast with wind chill temperatures exceeding -7 degrees!
We reached the summit of Fan-y-Big about 2pm and knowing the rugby (Wales v England) kick off was at 5pm we didn’t hang around too long before we started our return journey. All in all the route we walked was approximately 15 miles in total.
I need to give a ‘shout out’ to the friendly locals of Talybont village – we visited two pubs on the Saturday evening, the White Hart Inn and the Star Inn and even though the English beat the Welsh in a great game of Rugby, all the locals welcomed us and we talked well into the night about the tactics of the game. Needless to say, we both woke up the following morning with headaches (absolutely nothing to do with drinking too much!).
On our next adventure to Tallybont, we will endeavour to climb Pen-y-Fan, unfortunately the weather and the diminishing light beat us on this occasion….watch this space!