With little over a day and half to spare, I thought it was time to take you on a whistle stop tour of three of my favourite peaks here in Wales, let’s get started.
Pen y Fan and Cribyn – Brecon Beacons
The four main summits Corn Ddu, Cribyn, Fan y Big and Pen y Fan are impressive fells in their own right and can be climbed by almost anyone, with a fantastic reward of an awesome vista view of Wales and the Border country stretching out in all directions on a good day!
The best ascent is from the North, where you climb the back of the hand between the first and second fingers, with Pen y Fan looming ahead with Cribyn beyond with its striated cliffs tumbling down into Cwm Sere
Should the weather be clement enough Corn Ddu, Cribyn and Fan y Big are easily reached by way of the ridge path that links them all? You can enjoy these peaks, cliffs, screes and lakes with little more than a few others and sheep.
It may only be 2928, but is an impressive mountain. The chair of Idris looms acclivitous over the valley of the Afon Dysynni whose scars remind you of its importance in the industrial revolution and how still stands proud with its hanging corries and cliffs.
The best approaches are either from the North or South, both which rewards you with awesome views of the lake. The easier of the two ascents starts in Dogellau, longer, with a super dramatic reward of the amphitheatre whose vista of Llyn Cau is breath-taking.
Coming from the south might be more demanding, but has its own reward as you will get to enjoy Llyn Cau surrounded by its crags before you enjoy the view from Penycadair.
The best way off the peak is via Fox’s path famous for its descent to the shores of Llyn y Gadair, with its dark brooding water lurking under the cliffs.
Cwm Idwal Snowdonia
Leaving the glistening Llyn Ogwen behind you, ascend the path to Llyn Idwal to be rewarded with the dramatic Peaks of Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr with two corries seemingly hanging between them. The larger of these two Cwm Idwal broods with the Twll Du, the Devils kitchen within an easy walk. Being Wales first National Nature Reserve there is plenty to lookout for , but the view above and around is what can only be described as heavenly.