Snowy Pen y Fan

Friday, December 27, 2013 Adam Tilt 2 Comments


The closest we got to a white Christmas this year were several hail showers which although undeniably wintry could never make up for the real thing. Fortunately a glance northwards revealed the snow topped peaks of the Brecon Beacons so it's not hard to guess where we ended up on Boxing Day. Pen y Fan was our destination of choice and despite the busy main car park we managed an ascent all to ourselves across fresh, virgin snow. Once again my alternative route proved not only to be deserted but also far more picturesque than the main path which from a distance resembled something akin to a line of ants on the move. Starting in thick cloud it wasn't long before the twin tops of Pen y Fan and Corn Du revealed themselves under what turned out to be a prolonged sunny spell after another turbulent night. Needless to say photography conditions were almost perfect and what follows are just a few of my favourites from the day, in chronological order.

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

Climbing Pen y Fan

One of my resolutions for this winter is to do more snow walking and after this fantastic trip my resolve in that regard has only increased. Weather permitting we shall be heading up to the Carmarthen Fan in the new year and I haven't ruled out a return trip to North Wales. Stay tuned.

2 comments:

  1. these are simply amazing and beautifully pristine photographs Adam. How wonderful to be able to drive there and 'be, in another world' it seems. So far removed from where I live, it's a delight to see your photographs

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  2. Thanks so much for those lovely pictures. You can't better that with the lovely crisp blue sky.
    I was in the area on boxing day, and really wanted to walk up Pen y Fan but had family in the car so I had to make do with views from the road! fortunately we only live about 30 miles away so I will pick a similar snowy day (hopefully) and follow in your footsteps!

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