Pen Y Fan Sunrise Walk


We started our adventures for 2015 with a sunrise walk to the top of Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales. We started our walk from the Pont ar Daf car park located along the A470 a few minutes in a westerly direction from the Storey Arms.

We used this walk as a quality time slot with just the 10-year-old with us. The teenager stayed home with the younger children and we were home for elevenses.

We wrapped up warm (with spare clothes in our rucksacks to allow for a change in weather) and took a flask of tea. Good walking boots are advisable and always tell somebody where you are going.

We started our walk from the car park 50 minutes before the sun was due to rise so had good light with the darkness fading. We followed the well-defined path over the bridge and up.

It took us an hour to reach the summit where we enjoyed our tea in the company of a beautiful sunrise before heading back down.

The weather was forecast to be clear but the wind at the top was bitterly cold and the blue sky a little deceiving. It was a great way to start 2015. Here’s how we got on…

An hour before sunrise was a lovely light; not too dark but with all the stars still out.


/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/da9/50259951/files/2015/01/img_0299.jpgWith clouds on the horizon, we had to wait until the sun broke through the band of clouds. But when it did it was beautiful.


/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/da9/50259951/files/2015/01/img_0294-0.jpgAfter absorbing the sun joining us for the day, we headed back down the way we had come.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/da9/50259951/files/2015/01/img_0284.jpgAs we walked down, we walked back into the shadow of the mountain faster than the sun was rising.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/da9/50259951/files/2015/01/img_0280.jpgAnd as we got back down to the car park, the sun was just peeping over the mountain.

We started the year off exactly how we intend to see through 2015 – making use of everything beautiful that surrounds us and the outdoors beneath our feet.

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