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".