Brecon Beacons - the Bomber walk

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet

It rains in Wales you know

A Tavs training walk in preparation for the 3 peaks challenge later this year. Dave H was enlisted as he knew the walk and we decided to do the bomber walk which takes in a crashed Wellington and a crashed Vulcan. As we neared the start, it started to rain. No problem, on with the rain gear - except for Dave who having decided it was June turned up in .....

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The Rhinogs

Bloody Hell my knees hurt

They are right - the Rhinogs are tough

They say that a kilometer in the Rhinogs is worth 3 kilometers in any other mountain. That was what we found - at least until a certain 50m on the Barmouth sea front - but more of that in a moment.


A dash up the country on Wednesday evening found Tav and Dave H seated in the bar of a nice (if slightly quirky) hotel near Dolgellau. After sampling a fine range of Welsh craft beers (this theme continued) and vague route planning we crashed out in preparation for what had the potential be both fun and some of the most challenging walking we had done. Not only were we planning to walk in country that had a reputation for being tough but as we were wilding camping we had full packs....

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The Black Mountains

And today, an entry from our guest blogger, Jack Tavener:

In the early morning me/Jack, Dave and Tav met in Pentramue car park as that was our starting place.

First was table mountain. It was incredible how the top was so flat further on.

We were all...

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Snowdonia

Great things are done when men and mountains meet

Ridge scrambling and tea with fat people

The Nantlle Ridge is reputed to be one of the finest ridge walks in Wales and it didn't disappoint. Paul T and Dave H, headed up on a Wednesday evening to stay at the Cwellyn Arms for a couple of nights. Whilst the bar itself was a touch 1970s, the beer and food was good and the rooms were lovely - they also have a farmhouse, a bunkhouse and a campsite (complete with fire pits) up the road. It also had the advantage of being at the foot of both the Nantlle Ridge in one direction and the Rhyd Ddu path up Snowdon the other.

After a typically large breakfast we headed straight out of the pub and after a short stroll on paths, we went straight up onto the ridge - doing most of the climbing for the day in one go. The weather was somewhat confused and was largely unable to decide whether to obscure us in cloud or bathe us in weak sunshine. Having reached the top of Y Garn (no, not that one) we headed along the ridge which was a combination of walking on grassy paths and then scrambling up and over intermediate peaks. Think of it as Crib Goch with......

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WAAT 4

If we don’t start walking we’ll never get anywhere

The WAAT4 Challenge

It was a stupid idea to start with and having finished it, it was still a stupid idea.

When Tav gently suggested we do a 40k charity walk through the Brecon Beacons in June a few foolhardy souls agreed. In aid of good causes - Mountain Rescue, Air Ambulance and Cancer Wales to name but a few, it seemed a noble journey.

Apprehension grew as to what we were going to do as the date approached but despite some half hearted discussion of whether we should go and do the 30k route, the fools that we were, boldly stuck to the 40k route. It was basically the same other than an extra 10k and one more big bloody mountain.

Friday evening found us gathering in the camp site after a variety of journeys - Dave H and Tav seemed to take the direct route and ended up with vegetation stuck on both sides of the Landrover. The tents went up....

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