Scrapbook ~ Wildlife walks throughout the year
Saturday 14th July - Saturday 21st July
Brecon Beacons, South Wales.
I go to the Brecon's at
least once a year but Gill had never been. I got the feeling she didn't like the
idea, possibly because I usually stay in a dormitory and that would be her
idea of a nightmare. This time we had a cottage to ourselves and we
hadn't been there long before it was obvious she had fallen in love with the
area, especially as Hay-on-Wye, the town of books and her spiritual home was
just down the road.
We had a perfect holiday which included; three wonderful mountain days, a
waterfall walk, several caves, some of the best roads in the country for a
motorbike, we spotted Brown Trout in the River Wye and found an Otter's midden
on the bank of the Afon Honddu, we watched Kingfisher and Dipper fishing, we ate Welsh leeks, we even accidentally found the
farm (named 'The Vision') that was the inspiration for the farm in 'On the Black Hill' by
Bruce Chatwin. What's more we had
proper summer weather the whole week with only 10
minutes of rain while we were riding.
We've been to some wonderful places in Britain but this was the first to bring my
wife to tears on leaving.
A late start meant we were never going to
comfortably do all of the beacons so we opted for Fan-y-Big and Crybin only.
Caterpillar of an Emperor Moth.
The bone cave at
Dan Yr Ogof
After exploring the caves we set off exploring the Black Mountains above them.
Off the beaten track, pushing through the deep growth with sink holes all around
To our own private waterfall, pool and tea spot.
We started another walk from the village of Llanthony with it's ruined priory.
The Wales/England (Herefordshire) border at the Olchan Valley from the very
beautiful Hatterall Ridge.
The view back down the hidden Vale of
A tea stop on a very quiet bit of the Afon Honddu
Part of the Otter's midden we found with spraint and paw prints.
The start of the
Four Waterfalls Walk also has caves.
Behind Sgwd yr Eira
Take the time to read
countryside code for yourself and please stick to it at all times.