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Cwmcynwyn in the Brecon Beacons

I parked my car at the end of the road at a farm called Cwmcynwyn on the map. But the National Trust sign said Cwm Cynwyn, so I'm not sure which it is. I am sure that it could be improved by the addition of a vowel or two, though.

This is one of the first photos I took. It shows the view back as I was making my way up the ridge. The mountains in the distance on the right are the Black Mountains.

My car is actually sort of visible in the photo. If you look at the large version, you may notice two small white dots on top of a hedge. Those are the roofs of two Land Rovers. My car is parked to the right of them.

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The ridge I was walking on is Bryn Teg. The next ridge to the west is Cefn Cwm Llwch.The summit is the famous Pen-Y-Fan, the highest mountain in south Wales. It's also the deadliest, because the weather changes so quickly up there.
Pen-Y-Fan with cloud hat
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Looking back in the direction I came from, we can see the town of Brecon on the plain below. After my hike I went into the town in search of a new trekking pole. My favourite springy Leki with the camera mount had bit the dust some time ago. The locking mechanism had failed. There were three outdoors equipment shops, a staggering amount for such a small town. But then you have to remember that tourism, and in particular outdoors tourism, is one of the big economic drivers in Wales.

Economically it turned out well for me too, because the proprietor of Crickhowell Adventure Gear (who need to work on their SEO) fixed the stick for me. That made me very happy, because my back-up pole doesn't have the anti-shock function, so it's pretty hard on my wrist and elbow. It didn't cost me a penny. Checking the Leki website, it doesn't look like they make these anymore. That's sad.
The town of Brecon
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Here's another hill I didn't walk. When I got this close to the top on the ridge, Cribyn, I decided to give it a miss. It looks to me as if I'd have to scramble to get up there and I hate scrambling. The white specks are sheep, to give you an idea of the scale. I was at an altitude of about 630 m when I took this photo. The top of Cribyn comes in at 795m. Those measurements may sound puny but it's not the height of the mountain that will kill you, it's the length of the fall. I was keen not to meet taffyboy and his friends, so I decided to stick with what I knew I could complete well before dusk.
Cribyn
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Here's Cribyn again, with Pen-Y-Fan on the right.
Cribyn on the left and Pen-Y-Fan on the right
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The previous view was toward the south-west, this is the view toward the east. The summit is Fan-Y-Big.
Fan-Y-Big
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Having dropped down a bit, here is another view of Fan-Y-Big. I made my way to the trail and turned left, i.e. north and arrived back at the car with more than half an hour to spare before dusk. By then I was pretty tired but also very satisfied.

There aren't that many things to take photos of on these big hills. The terrain is often described as "feature-less", which mostly means that there are no trees, boulders or other big stuff lying about. But while it would be boring if I posted a photo of the minute changes to the stunning view every minute, in RL it's not even remotely boring. I was gaping at the views the whole time.
Fan-Y-Big
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Lovely vistas!
Thanks Mae.
beautiful
Thank you
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Re: What?

It's interesting that "cwm" means more or less the same as "combe", used in many Gloucestershire place names.
'Tis the season for giving. We should all gather up our unused vowels and send them to the dear people in Wales! Of course with beautiful countryside like this - wh crs hw nythng s splld?
LOL Perhaps Iowa and Ohio could start. :-)
I thought "w" was a vowel in Gaelic. Even the English name for the letter indicates that, actually (as compared to the Swedish "double-v").
I knew I shouldn't have omitted the smiley in that paragraph. :-)