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By crickhowelladventure, Apr 27 2016 06:06PM

Well...even though I post the weather forecast...it is so easy to get surprised by what the elements can throw at you!


Day off today, so we decided to follow one of the walks from the Energetic edition of "Cracking Walk in Crickhowell" series.


We chose the Crickhowell's Three Pens which takes you below the Darren up onto the ridge to Pen Gloch y pibwr, Pen Allt-mawr, then returning back to Pen Cerrig-calch, Table Mountain and back into town....a good 10 miler to stretch the legs.


Ha ha....we didn't get onto the ridge...the weather changed from a lovely Spring day with sun, warmish temperatures with a cold wind to Winter! We had a laugh about it though, and decided to err on the side of caution and made a hasty retreat...not so hasty that we deprived ourselves of eating our sarnies in the wooded area in Cwm Cwmbeth....Think sandwiches always taste better when out on the hill!


So we live to have another go at Crickhowell's Three Pens!!



The day started off well...look at all that blue sky!
The day started off well...look at all that blue sky!
Didn't take long for it all to go wrong!
Didn't take long for it all to go wrong!

By crickhowelladventure, Apr 7 2016 06:01PM

After checking out the weather forecast, I didn't think we'd manage to get out at all this week!


However, after my meet up with Kathy of Reconnective Design, (who looks after this website behind the scenes, and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who's looking to start a new website, or revamp an old one!) the weather didn't look half bad...so I grab's our Elsa and her dogs, and off we went, up the Sugar Loaf...


It was an uphill start from the off, but its great to feel your blood pumping, (kinda useful too!) feel the sun on your back and the wind in your face! Why is it the wind ALWAYS blows in the wrong direction!


It was well worth it though...I'm always refreshed after a jaunt outside....we did watch the weather come in...then we felt it...yup, the hail had arrived...dogs didn't find that too comfortable, but the cup of tea after was most welcome!



There's weather coming
There's weather coming
Just the one!
Just the one!
Soon joined by his mates
Soon joined by his mates

By crickhowelladventure, Apr 3 2016 02:54PM

I hadn't realised just how long it was since I've written up the blog! Such a lot has been going on recently, we had the Walking Festival for which the highlight was meeting Kenton Cool and raising £3500 for the Sherpa Earthquake relief fund...what a brilliant achievement...


And now we have Easter, which although is early seems to be going for about 4 weeks! How is that so? Still the weather is behaving itself and we have met some lovely people, adults, kiddies and dogs!


With all the comings and goings, its been a while since I've been out, but eventually made it to one of our favourite places...Grwyne Fawr Reservoir.


We meant to just bimble up to the dam, but well, the weather was great, we even had snow! The dogs were having fun...and it was good to be out...so we just, well...carried on!


By crickhowelladventure, Feb 18 2016 08:37AM

I've just written the weather and read the reports from Brecon Mountain Rescue regarding the wintry conditions on Pen y Fan and surrounding areas....its quite scary really. I mean, you only think of these as our local mountains and where no one gets into trouble, not like the high mountains in Scotland or abroad...they're not Everest or anything like!


However, it does just show how dangerous any environment can be if its not planned for and taken seriously. Our rescue teams will tell you how they are out on calls at any time of the year, (except when its raining heavily, not sure why that is!) Whilst a majority of the call outs are due to slips and genuine accidents, some of them are because people haven't taken the seriousness of the environment they are in, so don't have the correct equipment with them, or wearing suitable apparel...don't know about you, but if I was called away from my Sunday lunch or time with the family, to go and rescue someone off the top of the mountain who was stuck as they were wearing daps....I wouldn't be best pleased!


I guess, all I am saying is to take sensible precautions, take the right gear with you when going out, plenty of water, snacks for just in case times, or enough food if you're going out on a longer trip, plenty of layers, hat, gloves, items to keep warm just in case...there are small emergency blankets which take hardly any room in the rucksack, but would help keep hypothermia away, a whistle, headtorch....these items are an absolute necessity if the route takes you into the far reaches of the park.


If you do fancy going up onto the snow clad tops and the snow is compressed thus making it super slippy as what is happening on Pen y Fan at the moment, crampons are an excellent idea as they give your feet purchase on the slippery slope, but again, don't go off thinking that your Spiderman...!


Go out and enjoy the Brecon Beacons, just do it safely...

By crickhowelladventure, Feb 15 2016 10:00AM

After the hectic Trade shows...we're getting excited at all the new goodies on offer...just such a shame we have to wait until next Winter! Well this winter..if you get my drift!


We have very nearly completed all the Forward Orders, just the last couple of small ones to finish...then done! Can I book for Winter 2016 please, snow or at the very least, VERY cold weather with crisp, frosty days, full of sunshine and blue sky....perfect..thanking you in anticipation....ok, not going to hold my breathe, but you never know...


The weather today was glorious...cold, but blue sky and sun! Not one to waste this opportunity we set off to recce the walk we are helping out with during the Crickhowell Walking Festival. It is a walk to the 'Lonely Shepherd' with no other than Kenton Cool! The stone is on Mynydd Llangattock, if you are not sure which It is, its on the front of the Landranger map 161! There are various stories about it, if you want to learn more, be sure to book the walk! All the monies raised for this one is going to the Nepal Earthquake Relief fund, so whilst it costs more than the others, its going to a worthy cause, AND you get to spend quality time with a chap who has summited Everest no less than 11 times!


I must admit, Llangattock is one of my most favourite places...it is so surreal, man made but nature is claiming it back and it looks stunning....we had a great day today..the weather was perfect and I feel so much better for getting out and about...who needs gyms to work out when we have all this beauty on our very own doorstep!



Looking towards Table Mountain...
Looking towards Table Mountain...
Look, blue skies
Look, blue skies
Few houses of Crickhowell, Bwlch on the left with the sun!
Few houses of Crickhowell, Bwlch on the left with the sun!

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