Llyn y Fan Fawr in the Snow

With fresh snow fallen, we decided it was definitely time to visit Llyn y Fan Fawr. It is one of our favourite areas of the Brecon Beacons and far away from the hoards of people who head up to Pen y Fan – don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame them. After all, two days ago we went up to Pen y Fan and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mountains to me are about solitude and peace, though, so Llyn y Fan Fawr ticks all the boxes. We usually park at the lower part and follow the river but today we decided to park further up the road and walk the other path.

Fan Brycheiniog

Fan Brycheiniog

The photo above was the sort of scene we were seeing all the time. It reminded us very much of Iceland. After taking this photo, we carried on until we reached the lake. Wow, it was amazing!

Llyn y Fan Fawr and Fan Brycheiniog

Llyn y Fan Fawr and Fan Brycheiniog

The patterns in the ice were amazing. Only the shallow parts of the lake were frozen, but they were spectacular.

Llyn y Fan Fawr and Fan Brycheiniog

Llyn y Fan Fawr and Fan Brycheiniog

As we were admiring the view and taking photos, we noticed something unusual at the other side of the lake! It was a paddleboarder and a canoeist – it must have been quite a challenge to carry all that equipment up to the lake! The paddleboarder paddled closer – it turned out he had lost his bag on the way up and gave us his phone number in case we found it on the way back.

Paddleboarder on Llyn y Fan Fawr

Paddleboarder on Llyn y Fan Fawr

We walked around for a bit more, admiring the view and trying out various compositions. Then we spotted broken ice at the edge if the frozen area. The sound of the water moving it around was a strange sound, but nice to listen to.

Llyn y Fan Fawr with Pen y Fan and Corn Du in the distance

Llyn y Fan Fawr with Pen y Fan and Corn Du in the distance

After taking this photo, we walked back to the car for some food. We did keep an eye out for the paddleboarder’s bag but didn’t see it. However, I message him later in the evening and am pleased to report that he did find his bag. What a relief that must have been for him!

2 comments

  1. Catherine says

    Just returned from Northern Iceland and was thinking the same when I saw your wonderful photography- strangely I found quite a bit of similarity in the landscape – minus the volcanic activity of course!
    Wonderful photographic art – as ever. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Dan says

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you liked the photos. I went to Northern Iceland in 2016 to Mývatn and it was amazing. I’d love to go again…

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