With a gentle, soothing breeze through the trees and the sun gently hitting your face, Brecon Beacons is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy. free-running sheep grazing in front of you in the mountains. Climbing the mountains, thanks to a stone trail, which quickly becomes a stream after yesterday’s heavy rain, we carefully jump from one side to the other, from stone to stone or grass, so as not to get our shoes wet in the morning. We fail.
Wet is everywhere. Our shortcut over the hill to Mount Pen-y-Fan turns out not to be a shortcut at all. A hike up the hill is marked as a trail on maps and local guides, but it doesn’t look like a trail from afar, However, you can head to other parts of the park and plan your own hiking tour, as there are lots to choose from.
Climbing the free mountain nature charges us with pure energy and determination.
However, the higher we get, despite the fatigue that falls on us during the hike, the more we enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding landscape, which is covered with a sea of purple flowers and greenery. We breathe deeply. We need to gather strength for the next stage. There are now no animals in sight. We’re alone in the mountains. Green hills, together with blue skies and occasional clouds calm our minds, while the intensifying fresh mountain wind whips our faces and makes climbing harder.
When we reach the top of the first hill, another hill comes into and so the hike to the ridge of the mountains continues. After around two hours of hard hiking, we finally reach the ridge and find a path that looks like a trail. We are relieved that we are not lost and can continue our hike.
A winding stone-strewn path leads us around the mountain slopes. We meet some other people on the way – and as we approach Mount Pen-y-Fan, the population grows; more people have the same intention.
The mountain may only be 886 meters high, but the ascent is a challenge. It seems like most people would rather give up close to the finish line. Not excluding us, of course; we do not give up. We have already gone so much that we can manage those few meters to “conquer” the top of the mountain.
According to a local guide, Brecon Beacons National Park offers up to eight long days of hiking, with plenty of interesting sights to enjoy along the way. With two days and18 hours on our feet, we think about the fact that we can shorten the journey and drive under the mountain, but losers we are not
Wales National Park can be reached by train from Paddington Station – from London to Newport. You then change to a local train to Abergavenny. From here, you can geta bus to Talibont-on-Usk and hike in the park, or walk, like we did, through Crickhowell to Llangatock, along the water canal to Llangynidr – Llandety – Talibont-on-Usk and you can continue to Aber Village, where we stayed at YHA Brecon Beacons Campground.
written and photo by Lord Charles