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Aug 11, 2015 - Pen y Fan and Corn Du

It was a perfect day so we decided we would tackle Corn Du (873m) and Pen y Fan (886m) the highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons. The last time we were here Heather had not been well enough to tackle these peaks. Also the walk is the most popular in the National Park and so was quite busy Parking at Storey Arms we took the circular route described in one of our walking books. It was a steady but steep climb up to Corn Du but the views were magnificent. It was short easy climb to Pen y Fan before we returned on an easier gradient path to the...

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Aug 10, 2015 - Moving to the Brecon Beacons

Today we moved from Pembrokeshire to the Brecon Beacons National Park for a return visit. This will be our last stop in Wales. Our journey was good, on excellent roads but we were delayed for over an hour and a half on the A470 as a car towing a caravan had lost it on bend. The car and caravan looked like a complete right off. We arrived safely at the campground in Brecon and were allocated the same pitch we had had last time, which was fine by us.

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Apr 21, 2015 - Our first walk in the Brecon Beacons

This was our first visit to the Brecon Beacons and the weather was just perfect. We decided to the Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre as we were advised there was a good starter walk across the surrounding gorse heathlands. Because of the heat the surrounding mountains were a hazy but the views were still excellent. At the end of our walk the centre had a very good cafe very much frequented by people in the know.

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Apr 20, 2015 - Brecon

We had moved base from Cheltenham to Brecon in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. The journey had been interesting as the main motorway was closed into this part of Wales. Tony had to practice his driving at times particularly the last stretch between Abergavenny and Brecon. However we arrived safely and the Caravan Club Brecon Beacons site was excellent. On our first day we decided to walk the nearby canal into Brecon. It was a beautiful warm sunny day. The town started life during the Norman period when a castle and a Benedictine monastery,...

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Aug 28, 2014 - Raglan Castle

Raglan castle today with some damp weather but we explored, watching our footing as we climbed the stairs of the substantial remains. William Herbert who built much of Raglan was the first member of the Welsh gentry to enter the English peerage when he was made Earl of Pembroke in 1486. A young Henry Tudor, later Henry VII, was placed in the custody of William Herbert to be brought up at Raglan Castle which was amongst the grandest homes in Tudor and Stuart Britain with fabulous gardens orchards and a deer park. Late afternoon we walked the...

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Aug 27, 2014 - Rural Wales

Ronnie took me off to the farm where she grew up. Her brother Tim is now in the old house, which Brian and I visited in '88. Tim and his wife Viv live there now and the barns have been converted to holiday cottages. Much of the land is rented out with the family having enough for the horses which are their interest. Having met Tim And Viv Ronnie and I took a walk along one side of the valley. The river Oust is the lower border to their farm. The walk was fairly flat and Ronnie pointed out what land had been theirs, who lived in what house...

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Aug 26, 2014 - Bristol to Brecon

Smooth travel via the small train to Temple Meads station then to Newport and a change to Aberganevy. Newport is such a busy station with trains crisscrossing England and Wales every few minutes. Lovely to see Ronnie and she soon had me back to her home - a bungalow set in a very tidy but colourful garden full of perennials. Lunch and much chat before we headed off to Brecon and the Cathedral. As with most cathedrals it was originally a monastery, this time Benedictine, dating back to the 11th C with a font carved from limestone with Celtic...

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