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.
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. :)