Thursday, 1 January 2009

Brecon Beacons: Fan Frynych

Sunlight below Fan Frynach slopes
Sunlight below the slopes of Fan Frynych
I had expected this guided walk from the Beacon Visitor Centre to Fan Frynych to be the same as yesterday, with the group climbing out of a frozen valley, and up into the sunshine at the mountain top. Instead, we got a day of low visibility and a below freezing wind chill, but the landscape was stunning all the same!

I have never seen a frosted landscape like this before; the guides said they had never seen the National Park like this for many years, absolutely beautiful! It looked like we'd walked through the wardrobe into Narnia!

Hoar frost, Fan Frynach walk
Track from Beacon Visitor Centre
Fan Frynach trig
Fan Frynych
Hoar frost, Fan Frynach walk
Hoar frost
Hoar frost, Fan Frynach walk
Returning through Narnia landscape
The peak of Fan Frynych at 629 metres, provided no views today, but the sight of its trig point appearing from the mist on the horizon was just as rewarding!

A great start to 2009, long may it continue in this way!
  • Date: 01/01/09
  • Region: Brecon Beacons NP
  • Status: Member
  • Description: Visitors Ctr – Pont Blaen-cwm-du – Fan Frynych – Pont Pentre-Liech – Visitors Ctr – Freezing, heavy frost, low vis.12.2km, 5hrs.