Fan Brycheiniog, Brecon Beacons

It was good to stretch the legs at the weekend for the first time after returning from Scotland. We tackled Fan Brycheiniog (802m) in the western part of the Brecon Beacons – my last time to Pen y Fan on the East killed off excess enthusiasm for that area, which is extremely accessible from Cardiff and Swansea, and so generally very busy.

From the East the route follows the  pleasant ridge of Fan Hir after which great views unfold of Llyn y Fan Fawr, if the weather is clear. We had some mist and hail early on, but later the views were fantastic. At the top, the wind chill was significant, so we did not hang about – rather like in Scotland – and I felt I made a good call to descend to Llyn y Fan Fawr into the lee of the wind, rather than follow the gentle slopes to the South.

We were treated to magnificent views as we headed back, the well vegetated cliffs of Fan Hir on our right, and were able to enjoy the weak sunshine sheltered from the wind.

Soon I plan to hand in my updated ML logbook with the required extra days in light of being deferred last March. Although it has taken almost a year, I have enjoyed doing it at a more relaxed pace and fitting in other activities. When I receive the coveted sticker, I will focus on rock climbing for the next few months, but will happily lead more groups, fit in winter walking days, keep sharp on the navigation with some orienteering and potentially record some  days, as all of these elements contribute to further personal development and the WML, IML and MIA.

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