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Home arrow News arrow Meet Reports arrow Brecon Beacons meet report, Oct 19-21, 2007

Brecon Beacons meet report, Oct 19-21, 2007

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Contributed by Marianne Stuart   

We all arrived in good time on the Friday night. As usual the bunkhouse was clean and welcoming and with a vase of fresh flowers on the table. We distributed ourselves between the bunkroom and the guest bedrooms in the house.  Annie was planning to sleep in the bunkroom but the last bedroom proved to be too tempting.

In the morning Chris went for a rapid assault on the main Brecon Beacon tops of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, whilst the rest of us accompanied Sandy on his quest for unticked-off Welsh 2000 foot tops. Today's goal was Moel Gornach at the far west end of the Carmarthen Fan ridge. Perfect for a day of hill walking! On the drive in the weather was clear and sunny with the valleys filled with early morning mist. We parked up in Llanddeusant where we could squeeze in the cars and immediately descended to a valley with the inevitable climb up the other side. The route then undulated over a series of hills, passing lots of sinkholes, typical of Carboniferous limestone scenery, and a very strange large cairn with a spiral ramp to the top before arriving at the final summit.  We chose a different return route on lower ground as time was getting on. As is common in this area the terrain was much rougher than the hill tops and proved very slow going in parts.  On reaching a rather circumlocutory lane Gareth elected to take a short cut across the fields which brought him to the cars 10 minutes after everyone else.

It being the Rugby World Cup final that evening, selecting a suitable pub with a television was essential for some of the group. The nearest one had a TV, served food and had a vacant table big enough for us all, so there was no decision to be made.

On the Sunday the weather was a bit cloudy on the tops but we decided to make a quick visit to the main Carmarthen Fan ridge. A convenient car park to the north brought us out onto the ridge in a surprisingly short time and we were able to reach the spectacular western peak, Bannau Sir Gaer, overlooking Lyn.y Fan Fach before lunch.  The weather had picked up quite a bit by this time although it there was still a chilly wind. There were no fairies or Ladies of the Lake brandishing Excalibur to be seen so we retraced our steps to the col where we had come up and traversed along the ridge in the other direction for a few 100 metres before descending to the cars.  An easy drive home completed another good weekend away.

Marianne managed to click some outstanding pictures whilst on the walk and these can be viewed in the photo gallery here  

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