Over the weekend me and my little grrl gang (my girlfriend and my dog) went to make the most of the bright Welsh winter sunshine by exploring our highest local peak – Pen y Fan.
Only an hour from Cardiff, the wild and rugged mountains of the Brecon Beacons are a world away from our busy little city. The perfect wild antidote to a hectic week sat at a desk. The weather was bright with a hazy fog surrounding the peaks, giving the mountains a soft, dreamy look. Perfect.
We set off on the circular path, starting at the Storey Arms and heading up to Corn Du, Pen y Fan’s sister peak and ancient burial ground. As we head up the track to the summit, skylarks were dancing up and down whilst calling to each other. These ground nesting specialists rise up high in the sky and parachute down, a welcome distraction when you’re not the most speedy at mountain walking!
The closer we got to the summits, the stronger the winds became. Poor old Nala with her long hair looked like she was having a serious blow dry – but she loved every minute of it! These biting winds were a reminder that it was definitely still winter, despite the unseasonably bright sunshine.
After various stops for snacks and water for both humans and dogs, we made it to the top for those big views across Mid Wales. The fog was still clinging on giving the Brecon Beacons a pastel hue, softly fading away against the bright blue sky. Dreamy.
There’s something really life affirming about a clear blue sky and mountain silhouettes.
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