I’ve just returned from a fantastic couple of days in the Brecon Beacons which is a spectacular area of natural beauty in South Wales, UK.
Living near Bristol means that Wales is practically on my doorstep so I like to go there as much as possible.
I wouldn’t class myself as an out and out Landscape Photographer but the Brecon Beacons are so breathtaking that it’s hard not to want to capture the amazing landscapes there.
I didn’t really plan this shoot too much. I thought i’d drive to the Brecon Beacons National Park and see what happened. I got lucky with the weather and I think I managed to get some nice shots (even if I say so myself). I took approx 400 photo’s during this trip. You can access a selection on my portfolio site at the bottom of this post.
I got to the base of ‘Pen Y Fan’ known as ‘Pont Ar Daf’, parked up (there’s free parking by the way), put on my trusty walking boots and within about 60 seconds was shooting away.
There is so much photographic goodness in the Brecon Beacons. As soon as you walk through the gate you are confronted with a bridge over a stream and a fairly small but pretty waterfall so there’s lots to shoot right there. In fact I said hello to a fellow photographer who was heading towards the waterfall with tripod in hand.
I then spent a couple of hours heading up towards Corn Du which is the second highest peak in South Wales at 2864 feet.
The weather constantly changed from clear blue skies to blanket cloud to snow blizzards to almost total whiteout within a matter of minutes. You definitely need to wear clothing for all seasons if you are planning a trip up there at this time of year.
I passed a mountain rescue team on the way so it’s reassuring to know they are out on patrol if you get into trouble.
The walk is not particularly steep and is more of a gradual incline so it’s not too hard on the body. My knees were aching a bit on the way down though but that is probably because I was walking gingerly because of the icy and muddy conditions.
Here’s a selection of snapshots taken with my iPhone:
Here I am with Corn Du in the background.
Heading along the path towards Corn Du.
Stunning scenery – moody clouds
Looking back towards the lake. Nice light rays.
From blue skies to whiteout in a few minutes.
The mist and cloud starting to clear.
I stayed at a hotel in Crikhowell called the Manor Hotel – it’s got a three star rating and is perfectly fine, it’s actually the birthplace of Sir George Everest who was the first person to survey the Himalayan Peak. You’ve probably worked out that Everest is named after Sir George.
The food was really nice and the view is excellent from the hotel. I’d stay there again.
They even have a ‘Hitler Cat’. That’s two ‘Hitler Cats‘ i’ve come across now on my travels.
My hotel was about 20 minutes away from where I started my shoot.
I’m planning another trip back to the Brecon Beacons but this time i’m going to stay within the National Park itself because The Brecon Beacons are classed as a Dark Sky area which means that it is one of the best places in the UK to see the sky at night. You can even see the Milky Way on a cloudless night.
Here’s a taster pic from my Brecon Beacons shoot:
Here’s a screen grab of some of the photographs I took in the Brecon Beacons: