Barney does Pen y Fan … well nearly

Beep-beep-beep-beep. Beep-beep-beep-beep.


I get up and go in to wake my daughter.


shakes child


Time to get up I tell the sleeping form


Fast forward 1/2 hour

I ask the sleeping form again if she is getting up. I tell her the time and after sitting bolt upright she proceeds to tell me off for not getting her up sooner (sigh). Still we quickly have breakfast and with food, lots of winter woolies and a sleepy dog we get in the car and leave at 6.45am. Its still dark but as we drive towards the Brecon Beacons, the light begins to pervade across the sky. We arrive at the car park by the side of the A470 and get wrapped up for an early morning blitz up Pen y Fan.

The weather is bright, clear and sunny. For about an hour. As we walk up the pathway towards Corn Du (Pen y Fan being hidden for the moment). the clouds begin to gather and the wind picks up. Still its a great walk with hardly anyone about. Child and dog are happy and spritely. As we near the top of the ridgeline leading to Corn Du, the mist and clag starts to caress the peak. Its not looking hopeful for a good view. Finally we summit out and find ourselves in lots of clag.

Our original plan of going to Pen y Fan becomes a bit of a pointless exercise. Child makes an astute observation and declares that there will be nothing to see on the further peak and that we dont need to go there. We do what all great intrepid explorers do when faced with a difficult and disappointing outcome…we have a spot of late breakfast. Dog looks hopeful but has to make do with dog biscuits.

We feel a bit of rain. We agree to go back. The promise of a McDonalds appears to lift the spirits of the child. Pen y Fan will be here the next time we try. The walk back down is a series of rock inspections, jumping over leets and watching the dog bound away and then bound back. Meeting people coming up on our way down, dog gets lots of attention. A showboater that one.

Soon enough we got back to the car and started the drive back home. We managed a sneaky stop at Crickhowell to have a look in Crickhowell Adventure where I found a bargain baselayer. Well that’s my Christmas present to myself sorted 🙂 Soon after, child is tucking into a Happy Meal and dog is looking hopeful. He’s soon disappointed. Not long after getting home, dog decides he is rather tired and would like a nap, thank you very much. The house goes silent, apart from a few gentle snores.

Next week, we will attempt the Blorenge. Just hope the clag keeps away this time

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I am a keen hiker, camper, cyclist and general all round gear addict..... I also manage to be a professional brewer in my non-spare time :->
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10 Responses to Barney does Pen y Fan … well nearly

  1. The dog looks like he might need a bigger cushion for Christmas!

  2. Phil Sorrell says:

    Every time I climb Pen y Fan there are no views 😦

  3. Robin says:

    Amazing how dogs can sleep in the most uncomfortable positions 🙂

  4. edh says:

    Jeans again…..

    Blorenge is the word that comes to mind when I (often) think of you Dave…

  5. antdenatale says:

    I love Pen-y-Fan, it is a great walk and one of my first days out when I started walking earlier this year :o)

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