I managed to get lucky again and find an awesome spot for wild camping. Llangatock Escarpment is on the eastern borders of the Brecon Beacons and is a stunning area with a few caves to explore if you are feeling brave.
I spent the night on Mynydd Llangorse on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. It was a nice short schlep up a hill, although it was quite steep. I was rewarded with a lovely sunset, the morning was a bit misty but had a good atmosphere.
Another challenging wild camp at Grwyne Fawr Reservoir in the Black Mountains to the east of the Brecon Beacons. As usual the weather was fine when I left home, but the mountains have other ideas. It had been snowing and some of it was starting to melt, which made it a bit tricky.
I was stopping to take photos on the way up (…well how can you not get distracted by those views) and by the time I made it to the spot I had planned to pitch up, the light was starting to fade. Not a problem, all I had to do was cross a small stream and trek up a small hill and I was there. Oh no, because of the snow melt, the small stream was not so small, so I could not cross where planned. I had to follow it up on uneven snow covered ground until I could find a spot to cross the stream. At this point the light was starting to go and I was running out of energy, my legs getting weak, so it was quite tricky. Luckily I found a crossing a few hundred metres upstream, then made my way back down to where I planned to camp. I arrived at my spot just as it was getting dark and put my tent up under torch-light.
The next problem was that my air mattress had a puncture, great! So just a thin foil mat and my sleeping bag to keep the freezing ground at bay. Yeap, it was a cold night and a lot of shivering was done to keep warm. Waking up in the morning and seeing the view of the lake made it all worthwhile though.
I’m new to wild camping and it felt like I was diving in at the deep end heading over to the west end of the Brecon Beacons. The weather was nice when I left home, but when I got higher up into the hills it started to get worse. The reports were saying it was going to clear up in the morning so I decided to carry on into the rain and fog, it’s all character building right?
The destination was Llyn y Fan Fach, a lake on the northern edge of the Black Mountain. I parked up and had a soggy hike up to the lake in the driving rain. It was quite windy but I managed to find a slightly sheltered spot to pitch the tent with an awesome view of the lake. Well it would have been if there was any visibility.
Luckily the weather forecast was correct and it cleared up in the morning and gave me some amazing views. A herd of wild horses came to check me out when I was packing my tent away, which was a nice way to start the morning, then I took a load of photos of the lake and mountains. When I went down to the lake there was a guy getting ready to go for a swim, so I had a chat with him before he took to the water.
It’s early in my wild camping phase of life, but I definitely need to get out more.