Brecon Beacons

Brecon Beacons pictures. Brecon Beacons National Park is a wild and remote area of Wales whose map - with place names like Blaenglyn and Bryn Du - looks like it was taken from a fantasy novel. The photos were taken on the route that leads from Storey Arms (not much more than a bus stop now) up to the ridge of which Wales's largest mountain, Pen y Fan, is part of (unfortunately the ridge itself was enclosed by clouds at the time, making photography impossible). The most striking features of this area are Pen y Fan [pen-ee-van] ('Highest Peak'), its twin peak Corn Du ('Black Horn') and the spectacular glacial tarn Llyn Cwm Llwch ('Dust Valley Lake').

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The valley under the Corn Du mountain with its grazing sheep

Along National Cycle Route 8 near Merhyr Tydfil - the Brecon Beacons are great for cycling (the NCR 8 is mostly paved, so you don't even need a proper mountain bike)

Locally sourced apple juice in a village cafe

On top of Corn Du

A Welsh garden

Summer

The Welsh language (Cymraeg in Welsh) is still an official language in Wales, although only 3-400,000 people still speak it daily

At the foot of Corn Du and Y Gyrn mountains

The forests of the Brecon Beacons

A windy day

Talybont Reservoir - there are several such reservoirs hidden among the mountains of the Brecons

Glacial lake Llyn Cwm Llwch (in Welsh w is pronounced like 'oo' and ll like 'thl' in English)

The steep path leading up to Corn Du

Corn Du in a cloud

British phone booth in the middle of nowhere

Path leading to Pen Milan (visible on the right in the background)

Pontsticill Reservoir

The Corn Du ridge

The river Usk (near Brecon) if a pleasant place for kayaking, cycling and walking

A rare sight: two rivers crossing each other using a viaduct.

On the road in the Brecon Beacons

Mountain sheep

Tourist trails aren't always signposted like this - it's definitely worth taking a map or GPS that has walking trails

Corn Du and its ubiquitous sheep

Outdoor cafe in Aber village

The Llyn Cwm Llwch tarn and the lush valley surrounding the local farms and towns (view from top of Corn Du)


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