I spent last weekend walking with my brother in the Brecon Beacons. It’s an idea that had been brewing since the weather on a weekend away last March ruined my plan to walk Sugar Loaf.We drove down on Saturday morning for the first day’s walk, which was a 9 mile walk around the Pen – Y – Fan horseshoe, taking in Corn Du, Cribyn, Fan – Y – Big and Pen – Y – Fan (the tallest mountain in south Wales) itself. All four are in a horseshoe ridge shape, though there is quite a drop and subsequent climb between some of them.
The walk done, we headed to the hostel where we were staying and had tepid showers before driving up to Brecon where we ate some Chinese.The next morning we drove to Sugar Loaf. We had printed some instructions from the internet but the directions to the parking for the start of the walk were impossible to follow, so we ended up parking elsewhere and finding our own way using the map. This made it a much shorter walk – we were back at the car less than 2 hours after we set off – but that was just as well as we had to get back. Sugaar Loaf isn’t part of a range so the views from the top are truly panoramic and because it’s not as high as Pen – Y – Fan there were far less people, which is always nice!
Both great walks, I’m very glad we got to do them!