Discovering New Views and Survival in the Hills

I’ve been walking in the Brecon Beacons for many years now so it’s always a nice surprise to discover a new path to the peaks or a new viewpoint. We were lucky enough to go on a Survival Training Weekend recently with a local company who was teaching parents how to safely take their children into the hills. The basis of the weekend was around the tragedy of Little Tommy Jones who died in the hills aged 5. The course taught us and refreshed existing knowledge about exposure/hypothermia, making a shelter, attracting attention, map reading, etc. Part of weekend was a walk up to Llyn Cwm Llwch – this is a walk I have never done so I went into overdrive with my camera, clicking away. At one particular rest point, I spotted a couple of trees through which Pen y Fan and Corn Du could be seen so I crouched down on the ground and took a photo.

Pen y Fan and Corn Du

Pen y Fan and Corn Du

As we walked further up the hill, it became apparent that we were going to get wet – the biggest clue was the dark clouds and the rainbow. It always pays to look behind you as I would have missed this rainbow otherwise.

Rainbow whilst walking to Llyn Cwm Llwch

Rainbow whilst walking to Llyn Cwm Llwch

After the weekend was over, which we thoroughly enjoyed, we drove back towards home. As we drove, we spotted another fantastic view of the hills that we’d never seen before. We turned the car around and parked in a gateway. This was a perfect way to end the weekend – that and a lasagne with a pint of Hobgoblin in the local pub.

Pen y Fan and Corn Du

Pen y Fan and Corn Du

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