Category Archive: Places

Dec 14

Staying in Brecon


The small market town of Brecon is a great place for a short break or as a base from which to explore the surrounding Brecon Beacons national park. Its narrow streets and passages, lined with Georgian building hide all sorts of interesting shops and eateries. Shoppers should also remember the market that is held every Tuesday …

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Routes up Pen y Fan (2907 ft) , Brecon Beacons

Pen y Fan viewed from Cribyn
By Dave.Dunford at en.wikipedia [Public domain or Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Highest peak in South Wales This article describes walking routes to the summit of Pen y Fan, which is one of the three most iconic Welsh mountains, Cadair Idris and Snowdon being the others.

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Walking to the summit of Cader Idris


Cader Idris (or more correctly Cadair Idris) is justifiably the second most-popular mountain in Wales after Snowdon. It is actually a ridge, 6.5 miles long, at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park. The summit itself is called Pen y Gadair and is 2930 ft high. There are a number of approaches to the …

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Snowdon: Names and Legends

Sunrise over Snowdon
By Sebholland (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0] [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

The highest mountain in Wales This post gives some lore and facts about the highest peak in the UK outside of Scotland. There are six official routes for walking to the top of Snowdon, which are described in other posts (links at the bottom of this post). They vary in difficulty, so with the right …

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How to keep safe when walking in the Welsh mountains

Welsh mountain rescue team in action on Snowdon
John S Turner [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The weather in Wales can be treacherous. It is possible to start walking in brilliant sunshine and suddenly be faced with a heavy mist and/or lashing rain. The temperature up in the mountains is often about 10°C (18°C F) lower than in the valleys, and wind-chill will make it even colder. Do not underestimate the …

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Walking to the top of Snowdon: Llanberis Path and Snowdon Ranger Path

View of Mynydd Mawr from an ascent of Snowdon via the Snowdon Ranger path.
By Donald Macauley from Carshalton, Surrey, UK (Mynydd MawrUploaded by Amada44) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

There are six main walking routes up Snowdon. This post describes the two easiest paths, namely the Snowdon Ranger Path and the Llanberis Path.Walking times are estimated by many authors to be about 6 hours, but if you are less experienced at hill walking, I recommend assuming that a full day will be needed.

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