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Llyn y Fan Fach

October 12, 2017

20km with 898m of ascent.  (12 miles approx, 2963' approx)


I did a solo walk today, from Pont ar Wysg Car Park to Llyn y Fan, and back.  The picture is looking up the River Usk towards the Carmarthenshire Fans, which can just be seen on the skyline.  I don't usually do solo walks - I prefer to have company - but after today I think I could be converted!  It was so peaceful and I enjoyed every step. 



Through the forestry and off to my favourite waterfalls, for a little break.  It is so peaceful there.

 Visibility was excellent today so I went across country and landed straight on the Lancaster Bomber crash site.  


 Then up the Bridle Way towards the Fans.  At the moment I can only see the Eastern Side - Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog and Fan Foel.  I need to get over a tump before the famous Picws Du will show herself.  But look how quickly the weather changes - mists swirling around the tops.  




And there she is, peeping out from Fan Foel's big toe.  From here I took a track around Fan Foel, and then cut across towards the Leet.  This meant that I missed out all the boggy bits.

 And I came across some hidden gems....




 The leet was built by prisoners of war to divert the water from the river into Llyn y Fan Fach.  

 The water looked like it was going uphill!


 And so I arrived at Llyn y Fan Fach - this is the iconic photo of it with Fan Foel in the distance and Picws Du towering over the end of it.  I had it all to myself today. 


From there I walked across Picws Du, down past the "hurdles" (put there to stop erosion) and descended via the goat track.  I rounded Fan Foel's big toe and cut across to join the bridleway that took me all the way down to the sheep pens.  


 And then it was just a matter of bog hopping back into the forestry, and returning to the car park.  


AM.  2017 





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