Another fantastic hike around Brecon Beacon and hearing legendary histories along the trail, has added fun to our inquisitive minds.
Approaching Pen Y Fan at the Southwest car park, where I was meeting with the hiking group. I was amazed with the busy car park, some of the cars are even parked by the roadside and with no choice where I safely parked my car too. I was puzzzled, what’s going on, and later found out there’s a fun run activity during that day.
With the hikers slowly arriving and after we had a quick briefing for the our route to take. Soon we were heading towards Pen Y Fan. We made our way towards the trail, passing through a small stream with wooden bridge. Some crossed the stream, trotting along the big stones. Soon the tracks were covered with gravel stones. It was great, but there are parts that are with loss pebbles ( I highly suggest wear proper hiking footwear )
The sun was overcast but with the cool breeze air, it’s so refreshing. It was a beautiful day I would say, not too hot for a great day hike! Still the view was amazing, as we slowly ascend and we were welcomed with the stunning Welsh landscape. As we trek the undulating Brecon Beacon terrain, half way through the trail we had a lunch break. It was a great spot overlooking the Pen Y Fan peak and the adjacent Corn Du peak. We even spotted wild horses wandering around freely.
Just after lunch we headed first towards Pen Y Fan, we reached the summit and were greeted by other hikers as well as a few British troops. Having a group photo of the cairn sign. Pen Y Fan is the highest peak at 886 metres above sea-level, situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales U.K.
After our group photos and feasting from the Welsh landscape view, we then headed southwest to the adjacent peak towards Corn du. Corn Du is the second highest peak in South Wales at 873 meters above sea level. Not as crowded as Pen y Fan but still offers the same stunning views.
Soon we were on our descend following a small path overlooking a beautiful lake. We passed the Tommy Jones Obelisk. A monument to the tragic tale of a small boy called Tommy Jones, who got lost and perished in 1900. His body was found after searching for 29 days near the spot where the obelisk now stands.
We had a quick stop by the obelisk overlooking a lake. The Llyn Cwm Llwch a beautiful glacial lake was left behind at the end of the last Ice Age. There is a legend behind Llyn Cwm Llwch about a fairy live on an invisible island in the lake.
“A fairy legend of an enchanted island invisible from the lake of Llyn Cwm Llwch. There was a secret passageway leading to the island was said to be open on May Day each year, through the magic doorway leading to a beautiful garden inhabited by fairies. The fairies will give gifts to any visitors with bunch of flowers and delectable fruit. Each guest was told nothing must be taken from the island. But one May Day, unfortunately a greedy visitor placed a flower he had been presented with in his pocket. When he emerged from the rock the flower vanished and he lost all his senses. Since that day, the door to the island has never opened”.
The following day we headed towards The Black Mountains a beautiful mountain range in the Brecon Beacon National Park. Where the two enchanting glacial lakes of Llyn y Fan Fach and Llyn y Fan Fawr. To reach the place is a bit of a trek, as the car park is well hidden at the bottom of the hill. From the car park just follow the river, stream up the hill. Be prepared for a slightly steep gradient constant and about halfway passing through a small fish farm. Soon you will be welcomed with the dammed lake.
Llyn y Fan Fach (Lake of the Small Beacon Hill) was described as the most magical and breathtaking sights in South Wales. It is located in the western border of the Black Mountains.
There’s a legend behind this amazing lake.” A folklore say’s that’s there is the beautiful lady of the lake and a farmer has fallen for her beauty. With his persistent courting, she agrees to marry him on one condition. Never to hit her more than two times or else she will disappear and go back to the lake. They were happily married but there were occasions that the wife was upset and the husband comforted her and tap her shoulder, and on the third occasion she ran away towards the lake and never returned”.
After taking lots of photos of the lake, we followed the footpath up the hill and appreciate the birds eye view from the peak. The stunning uninterrupted views of the welsh landscape is so mesmerising. We did a circular route and half way of the trail, we were welcomed with the unspoilt panoramic views of the surroundings as well as the stunning lake the Llyn y Fan Fawr. It was a good timing for a lunch, I can’t complain with the magnificent view of the lake. The refreshing air and great backdrop completed the picturesque Welsh countryside. Sitting here at the summit inspires me to compose a little hiking poem!
“As I gaze at the lake, the feeling of tranquility that envelops me, spreading peace in every fibre inside of me. The greenery and stunning views surround me, outstanding landscape of the Welsh countryside. I feel the fresh breeze, softly brushes my skin that awakens me.” by Anneklien
Brecon Beacon offers so may stunning trails but the most famous is hiking the Pen Y Fan, always wear proper hiking shoes, as there are loss pebbles on the trails and proper clothing as you know Wales can be dramatic with their weather forecast.
- If hiking with friends and families bring a picnic bag and enjoy at the summit while enjoying the stunning Welsh landscape.
- When the weather is good be prepared to share the summit with lots of hikers, as it gets crowded in the area, but don’t be disappoint there’s the adjacent Corn Du peak more quiet but still offers same stunning views.