Posts tagged ‘Wales’
Having the time and the freedom to just pick up sticks and roam is one of my joys in life. Time to visit places, which are in easy reach, but often escape that visit. Now having the privilege of a work-life balance to indulge there is no excuse. Wales in such a place, I’ve visited Cardiff on many occasions, spent time exploring the beautiful Brecon Beacons and ventured to Newport to visit colleagues, but her coastline has remained a mystery until now. My first steps are the Conwy Bay towards the Conwy Morfa, which shapes the south side of the estuary of her river. From members of the night fishing community standing patiently in cold waters to the long dog walks along unspoilt beaches my first steps are unlikely to be my last.
In a narrow sense, the name refers to the range of Old Red Sandstone peaks which lie to the south of Brecon. Sometimes referred to as “the central Beacons” they include South Wales’ highest mountain, Pen y Fan. The range forms the central section of the Brecon Beacons National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog), a designation which also encompasses ranges both to the east and the west of “the central Beacons”. This much wider area is also commonly referred to as “the Brecon Beacons”, and it includes the Black Mountains to the east as well as the similarly named but quite distinct Black Mountain to the west. The highest peaks include Fan Brycheiniog to the west and Pen y Fan in the central part. They share the same basic geology as the central range, and so exhibit many similar features, such the north-facing escarpment and glacial features such as lakes and cwms below the escarpment. They all fall within the border of the national park. Read more here and visiting information here