Brecon Beacon: Finding Legends Along the Wayside

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 puzzled, 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 Fanis the highest peak at 886 metres above sea-level, situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales U.K.

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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 Mountainsa 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

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

Insider’s Tip:

  • 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.

25 thoughts on “Brecon Beacon: Finding Legends Along the Wayside

  1. Just love the Brecon Beacons National Park, the trails that you mention in your blog have their own beauty, but the Beacons has so much to offer. Readers who are unable to complete the walks, will derive great pleasure from your description. Thanks for sharing.
    Take care,
    Happy walking

    1. As always we tend to neglect and appreciate whats infront as f our very eyes. I used to lived in Wales but never went hiking in Brecon Beacon but now im on England I tend to miss it and go hiking there.

  2. What a gorgeous looking hike! Your photos are stunning! I like that you gave us the legends behind some of the places too 🙂 very informative

  3. WOW!!! The Brecon Beacon has won my heart, the photos alone are just stunning, I’d love to do that hike. Those pesky fairies huh…. they sure are big on pay back …. and all for a flower.

  4. I have never heard about Brecon Beacons National Park. This is the kind of place I love to discover. I don’t understand why I have not read about it before. The view from Pen Y Fan is amazing and Llyn y Fan Fach is really breathtaking.

  5. We visited Wales and Brecon Beacon in 2009, but never had time to do a hike. I would love to return to the Brecon Beacon National Park and hike to the two glacial lakes in the Black Mountains. Llyn y Fan Fach and Llyn y Fan Fawr really do look enchanting.

  6. I’d heard of Breckon Beacons National Park but never knew it is so mountainous. I’m a hiker and I’d definitely love to set out here. Your pics are stunning, the clouds really make it look amazing!

  7. Love the hikes with some legends behind, especially with this cloudy sky! A pity that the door to the fairies’ garden is closed forever but good that Brecon Beacon has lots of hiking trails to explore instead

  8. Wales is so beautiful and love all of the trails around Brecon Beacon. Good point on the weather in Wales. I know first hand that the occasional sunny day can quickly turn into a rain shower. I’ve got caught a few times out on a long walk without the proper rain gear, only to get drenched from a quickly forming storm. Always pack for the worst case scenario!

  9. Brecon Beacon looks like a beautiful place to hike. We just recently visited Snowdonia in Wales, and even though we had pretty terrible weather, we’re looking forward to exploring more of Wales in the future. Maybe we’ll try South Wales next time.

  10. Congrats on conquering two of the highest peaks! From Tommy Jones to Llyn Cwm Llwch there are definitely some stories and interesting legends to take in along your trek. I can see why Llyn y Fan Fach has been described as the most magical and breathtaking sights in South Wales – it’s enchanting! Literally like it’s been ripped straight from the pages of a fairytale.

    I would love the chance to explore the Welsh countryside like you 🙂

  11. Wow, it looks so wild. When we were travelling through the UK we kept adding on days to places we liked and unfortunately by the time we got to Wales we had no time whatsoever. Really regret not visiting it. The Llyn Cwm Llwch sounds really interesting. I love the whimsical myths in Wales and Ireland. The Llyn y Fan Fach myth is quite sad. I thought when it said ‘hit’ that it was going to be a violent end to the story, but it was just him trying to comfort his wife.

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