I had just had a week in the flatlands of Norfolk and needed some “up” and The Navigator had just returned from a somewhat damp period near Machynlleth and needed some sun. One of us was to strike lucky.
The usual Sunday conversation led to a trip which would take in Llyn Y Fan Fawr returning via the ridge on Fan Hir.
The forecast led us to believe that there would be broken cloud, no rain and light winds. I have an idea for saving the country lots of cash and that is to shut the Met. Office and supply every household with a bunch of seaweed.
We set off from the small church just up the road from Dan Yr Ogof and joined the Beacons Way and followed the Nant Tawe Fechan, where we had our morning coffee by a lovely waterfall. Our route then took us north underneath Fan Hir and on a small ridge leading us to Llyn Y Fan Fawr. Lunch was consumed here.
|Afon Tawe at the walk start|
|Waterfall on Tawe Fechan|
From here on the weather deteriorated with the mist heading our way and which enveloped us as we climbed
up towards Fan Hir on an engineered path, but passing on our right a recent landslide.
|Here comes the mist|
|Landslide close to path|
As we neared the top, three walkers, who we had been following most of the morning asked us about the route on Fan Hir as they were unsure about carrying on in the mist and now windy conditions.
We explained the path is clear on the ground and providing they stayed clear of the edge they should be fine. We kept together for a while but they sped on once it was clear the route had become obvious.
Our pace was slower and we still had the afternoon tea break to come. As we started to descend the mist began to clear and before long the wet weather gear was again in the rucksacks.
|Breaks in the mist from Fan Hir|
|Mr & Mrs Navigator|
|Looking back to Fan Hir|
The other party could now be seen heading for the road and we were relieved they had not walked over the cliff!
|Could this be the Fan Hir Cantilever Stone?|
|Where’s the mist?|
The lucky one was me as the walked included some up, but Mr & Mrs Navigator did not have the bright weather hoped for – there is always next week.