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