Brecon Beacons Weekend

lost sheep

28-30th March 2003: Firstly, a big thank you to James for organising such a fabulous weekend. Even some of the most sceptical are beginning to question the number of times you have managed to conjure up such gorgeous weather. Another big thank you to all the leaders on the trip, namely, Roger, James (again) and Charlie, who managed to keep each motley crew intact, by coming back with the same numbers as they started.

I have spoken to a few people who have had concerns about going on a weekend, not knowing what the accommodation would be like. Well, for a self confessed, "I chuck a wobbly if no hot water", accommodations were perfectly adequate, with plenty of hot water, heated rooms and well equipped kitchens. Although I would recommend bringing one essential, a pair of EAR PLUGS, for the numerous snorers, people falling out of bed - into bed, and faulty car alarms that go off at four in the morning, (I am REALLY sorry guys). The bunkhouse even had a separate room with a fireplace, so that people could chat and unwind before retiring to their bunks.

About half of the crew arrived by late Friday afternoon, despite the slightly erroneous directions, (oops, did I think out loud again). Luckily, for CJ and I, a chance encounter with a green Renault Clio, whom we thought was another country motorist cursing our stupid city driving, (that is, stopping and looking carefully at every farm's sign to see if it was 'the one'), directed us the RIGHT way to the bunkhouse. Thanks James and Laura!

We spent evenings in the local pub, terrorising the poor bartender on his 2nd and 3rd day on the job. Although he did not know how to pour a pint when he started, by the end of the weekend (with 23 thirsty, experienced Sheffield pub crawlers), I think he quite got the hang of it. So a toast to the bartender for surviving his first bunkhouse experience. I am positive he could not have asked for a better bunch to learn quickly with.... I was also quite impressed by the number of people who tried cockles in vinegar and found rabbits in their peanuts. You had to be there!

Walks on both days were fabulous, sunny and dry with views as far as the eye could see. The scenery was spectacular and worth getting up for, despite hangovers. Each of the leaders did their best to include pubs along the way, so there is always a nice leisurely stop somewhere. Our group did Sugarloaf Mountain, the other Talybont Reservoir, Corn Du, Pen-y-Fan, Cribyn, Fan-y-Big, Carn Pica on Saturday. Whilst Sunday included Mynedd Llangorse and Mynedd Troedd, with views across to Llangorse Lake, and the Black Mountains.

Walks on both days were fabulous, sunny and dry with views as far as the eye could see. The scenery was spectacular and worth getting up for, despite hangovers. Each of the leaders did their best to include pubs along the way, so there is always a nice leisurely stop somewhere. Our group did Sugarloaf Mountain, the other Talybont Reservior, Corn Du, Pen-y-Fan, Cribyn, Fan-y-Big, Carn Pica on Saturday. Whilst Sunday included Mynedd Llangorse and Mynedd Troedd, with views across to Llangorse Lake, and the Black Mountains.

Another note to any newcomers to the weekends. If one is to bring food for the evening, including such delicacies as chilli loaded with garlic and hot curry, there are serious perils to those who walk behind the people who enjoyed the most food, the next day. Although it is quite an incentive to keep to the front of the group, the presence of a breeze sure did help. (Note to editor, do not change breeze, to wind) (Editor: Breeze, wind, all the same to me).

I do thoroughly recommend going on a weekend, you get to see gorgeous scenery, enjoy the excitement of sharing again, and make new friends as well.

See you on the next one...

ET

Saturday


Gang on the Sugarloaf Walk

Hi Ho Hi Ho

Respect for our Leader
 

Path up to Sugarloaf

Dammit I know it's here
(see previous photo)

Scary

Sunday


Bunkhouse Gang

Shirt Shielding

Shady Climb
 

Gorgeous View

2nd Gorgeous View

More View
 

Wildlife with View

Wow

More Wow
 

Lunch Stop

James Ed
 


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