Wednesday, 5 May 2010

The Gallery - The World We Live In

Bannau Sir Gaer and the Lady of the Lake

The Brecon Beacons National Park welcomes some 3.8 million visitors a year. Before I moved to Wales, I was very familiar with the area. Or thought I was.

Pen Y Fan - the highest peak in Britain south of Snowdon, is a well walked, well loved area of the Park. Some days, the path to the top is like a motorway. Due to the well maintained paths I have seen people take the ascent in ugg boots, even flip flops - not accounting for the unpredictable weather that mountains can present you with. There are also popular and stunning waterfall walks.

Travel a little further to the West however, and you will find The Black Mountain.
This part of the Brecon Beacons National Park is a long way from the crowds and erosion found around Pen-y-Fan, yet offers, in my opinion, superior "off the beaten track" walks and superb views - On a clear day, the views take in most of the Brecon Beacons, extend north over Mid Wales and the Cambrian Mountains and south over Swansea Bay and the Pembrokeshire coast. There are also other sites to take in such as Carreg Cennen Castle - which itself is very much worth a visit. 
The lake is connected with folklore legend - The Lady of the Lake, follow the link if you are interested to read more.

My photos above were taken earlier this year when I walked with Mum, Ffion and the dog. The snow was still thick on the top, but the sun was shining and the view to the coast with the setting sun was just spectacular. If you are ever in the area, do check out "the world I live in".

This post is inspired by Tara Cain's weekly Gallery here who "launched it to showcase all the amazing photographs I see dotted around the blogs I visit".


Emma (b4kersgirl) said...

They are stunning photos! You're very lucky to live near such a beautiful place.

Anonymous said...

They are beautiful photos. It was one of my dad's favourite places. He used to go to Bets-y-coed about 3 times a year with a bunch of other men and walk the hills.

CJ xx

MrsW said...

Wow! I often stand at the bottom of mountain (heck even wee hills) wondering what I could see if I could haul myself up there - these are stunning.

Mirka said...

Amazing photos ;)

Anonymous said...

Wow. I love mountains. Something about them puts everything else in perspective.

Amy said...

Hey - thanks for stopping by my blog, have enjoyed looking around this one... - that is some pretty spectacular scenery! Amazing!

Gappy said...

Absolutely beautiful photos. Really stunning. I love the Brecon Beacons. Ever been to Llansteffan?

Menna said...

Thanks everyone.

Gappy - no I haven't yet! We were down in Laugharne recently but I want to head to Llansteffan soon - it looks stunning and is less than an hour away. (moved here in September)