A Weekend Trip to Wales

Brecon Beacons

I love spring! Warm but not hot sunshine, fresh air and gentle wind, reasonably long days and just occasional showers make spring the perfect season for trips. Particularly the kind of trips which involve climbing up mountains. At least, I prefer covering myself with a windbreaker jacket to sweating up a mountain.
I took a few days off last week to enjoy the company of our friends who came to visit us, and together we decided to take a tree day trip to Wales and climb up Pen y Fan (886 m) which is the highest peak in Brecon Beacons national park. As I've probably already mentioned many times here, I love British countryside and nature, but Wales is definitely one of my most favourite parts in the UK.

We were very lucky with the weather as the heavy rain that had been forecast didn't arrive and the only shower caught us while we were in the car. Cloudy sky gave us perfect lighting for landscape photography, so the only complaint about the weather was quite strong and cold wind on the top of Pen y Fan. The wind blew our friend's tripod with the camera over, but luckily the only thing that broke was the polarising filter. This once again confirmed that lens filter is a good investment.

Brecon Beacons
Brecon Beacons
Brecon Beacons
Brecon Beacons
Pen Y Fan
Brecon Beacons

Beautiful landscape with grass covered peaks and breathtaking views are just part of natural beauty which Becon Breacons national park offers. Coed Y Rhaeadr which means Waterfall Country is renowned waterfalls and caves area promising spectacular scenery. Sgwd y Eira is the most famous waterfall on the river Hepste. The name in English means "waterfall of snow". There's a natural path behind the waterfall so you can enjoy the unusual view of the curtain of water.
I should mention that we visited all these places in one day which felt like self destruction at the end of the day, and we slept like babies that night. Anyway, I totally enjoyed our weekend away and felt very relaxed, yet so physically tired. :)

Brecon Beacons
Brecon Beacons waterfalls
Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall
Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall


20 comments :

  1. Amazing landscape! I adore the European spring, the light green hue everywhere and the perfect temperatures. Beautiful images!

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  2. Beautiful! That is such an amazing place. Your pictures are awesome.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. Honey u were in wales and dint buzz me...its close to where i live..so next time lemme know ;-)
    Gorgeous pics as usual!

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  4. Spectacular photos, all! We visited Wales several years ago as a larger driving trip through the UK and Wales was our favorite. We did drive through parts of Snowdonia, and stayed north in Conwy. So beautiful. Your photos have me wishing to have had more time there.

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  5. Thank you ladies for your nice words!

    @Debugcooking - Oh, no! I didn't realise you live close to Wales. However, this definitely wasn't the last time we traveled to Wales. I make sure to give you a shout next time!

    @kellypea - Snowdonia is still on my list! The mountains are even higher there. :)

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  6. I dont often see pics of Wales in blogland. I would love to visit one day. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. What beauty!!!! It's so nice to see Wales! This is just a bountiful of beauty. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos with us!

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  8. I agree with Melissa, hardly any photos of Wales in the blogsphere. Thank you for the post.

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  9. Oh, those shades of green and the water - looks like a perfect place for enjoying the season!

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  10. i love Wales as well..and Breacon is def one of my most favs. We climbed the peaka s well, about 3 yrs back and i still remember the breathtaking views (and the canoe ride where we fell into the water too)
    I have a similar pic of the waterfall..where you can go behind it...sooo beautiful the pics are

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  11. Totally gorgeous, I haven't been to Wales for about 20 years. Looks beautiful.

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  12. I love Wales and i have luck my boyfriend is from this little country with amazing pepole and landscape. This weekend will be possible in some cinemas of United Kingdom watch the movie Patagonia, Wales and Argentina toghter!!

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  13. Lovely shots - I'm very jealous as I still haven't made it to the Breacon Beacons. Right now I'm in Canada though so I can't complain. (Managed to - hopefully temporarily - erase my blog so will be posting some shots to flickr instead.)

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  14. Sari,

    this is such a wonderful post with beautiful photos!!! I love every shot so much!!!

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  15. I'd like to be there...
    So wonderful!

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  16. Gorgeous! I can't even think of words to describe how beautiful the landscape is! I'd love to visit Wales- a part of my family is from there long ago. :)

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  17. Gorgeous pics! I've never been to Wales before...your pics are very inspiring Sari!

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  18. beautiful :) I always think of Gavin and Stacey when I see Wales. Loved that show hehe and the waterfalls look incredible

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  19. wow-stunning photos! my mother's side of my family is welsh and i have always wanted to go and visit- it's such a treat to see such gorgeous landscapes you've shot.
    beautiful!!!

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  20. Thank you everyone for the amazing comments. I'm so happy you liked my photos of Wales. This part of the UK and its nature are so beautiful, definitely worth the visit.

    @Melissa, @pickyin @ LifeIsGreat - I don't understand why photos of Wales are so rare in the blogosphere. The landscape and nature of Wales are in my eyes one of the most beautiful in the UK.

    @German - I haven't seen the movie, but I'd love to. Thank you for the tip.

    @Skye - Now I'm jealous, I'd love to visit Canada. It's one of many countries on my wish list. I'm sorry to hear about your blog. I hope you can get it back!

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