As I have said a good walk was long overdue and it was fantastic to head out in to the hills again especially on such a glorious sunny day. Storey Arms was packed with cars spilling out the car parks and onto the grass verges yet Fan Fawr was deserted I wonder where they all went to? answers on postcard please.
|Pen y Fan from Fan Dringarth|
This walk would be a mixture of defined path and just roaming around getting from point A to point B across whatever terrain presents itself which on a clear day when the nav is not so crucial is great fun. There was still some pockets of early morning hill fog around when I set off but this soon cleared as I headed up the steep side of Fan Fawr, It was while we where heading up Fan Fawr that Megan my dog somehow found a tennis ball (which had seen better days) Only my dog can find a tennis ball in the middle of nowhere! The summit afforded some nice views of Corn Du I could see the trig point further along the plateau so set off towards it.
|Fan Fawr from the roadside|
|Me and my shadow|
|Fan Fawr summit cairn|
Once at the trig point (which is very patriotic) I had a brief stop to watch some ponies walk by without a car in the world, before we set off down the valley passing close to these wonderful wild animals they didn't seem to mind me and I could get close to them but they did keep and eye on Megan but she was too pre-occupied with her ball and paid them no attention whatsoever.
We descended pathless through long grass down to cross the Afon Dringarth and then a steep slog up onto Fan Dringarth, where we were met by more ponies, I then picked up the path and headed out to Fan Llia where I stopped for lunch, the previous night we had all gone out for a curry with some friends and not wanting to waste anything I took a doggy bag home and this was my lunch, certainly the best place I've eaten an Inadian takeaway.
|Taking in the view|
|Ystradfellte Reservoir, with Fan Llia above|
|Me and my shadow #2|
When I got back to the car I put the camera on the roof and opened the boot Megan jumping in and settling down, I got changed into a clean top and back in trainers for the drive home....... 10 miles down the road the other side of Merthyr I suddenly thought "I can't remember taking the camera off the roof!!" I pulled in and to my relief and surprise there was the camera still sitting on the roof!! How Lucky!! but equally what a plonker!!!
|Fan Gyhirych & Fan Brycheiniog|
|Pen y Fan/Corn Du & Fan Fawr|