Fan y Bîg 2011
A linear route through the central Brecon Beacons.
Our route began at the popular Torpantau car park at the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons group, ending in Llanfrynach.
- View over Torpantau, from the slopes of Craig y Fan Ddu. On the left is Allt Lwyd (654 metres), followed by Allt Forgan (513 metres) and Cefn yr Ystrad (617 metres). In the distance is the Sugar Loaf (596 metres).
- Allt Lwyd over a small moorland pond on Craig y Fan Ddu.
- The Blaen y Glyn valley separating Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion (754 metres) and Waun Rydd (769 metres), with Allt Lwyd, Allt Forgan and Cefn yr Ystrad.
- Haggs at the top of Blaen y Glyn.
- The stunning view of the glacial scarps over Cwm Cwareli from Bwlch y Dwyallt, the summit of Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion. On the left is the summit, followed by the Fan y Bîg ridge (719 metres), the Cribyn ridge (795 metres), and the summits of Corn Du (873 metres) and Pen y Fan (886 metres). On the far right is Waun Rydd.
- Haggs on Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion.
- View all the way from South Wales to Snowdonia in North Wales. In the foreground is Brecon, with the Epynt hills behind it, the Cambrian Mountains, and finally Glasgwm (780 metres) and the Aranau ridge, with Aran Fawddwy (905 metres) as the tallest.
- The Fan y Bîg ridge, Cribyn, Corn Du and Pen y Fan over Cwm Oergwm.
- Blaen Taf Fechan, the wide, shallow glacial valley on the back of the Brecon Beacons. On the left, towering over the Upper and Lower Neuadd Reservoirs, are the Graig Fan Ddu and Craig Gwaun Taf crags, and the summits of Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Bîg.
- The superb Craig Cwm Cynwyn scarp of Cribyn.
- Queueing up to dive off the rock on the summit of Fan y Bîg.
- The Fan y Bîg rock, overhanging more than 250 metres of scarp.
- Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn over the ever-impressive Cwm Cynwyn.
- Heading down the ridge of Fan y Bîg.
- The Black Mountains range. The lump and peak in the middle are Waun Fach (811 metres) and Pen y Gadair Fawr (800 metres), and on the right are Pen Allt-mawr (719 metres) and Pen Cerrig-calch (701 metres).
- Llangorse Lake, with Mynydd Troed (609 metres) and Mynydd Llangorse (515 metres) just behind it, and Waun Fach behind them.
- Descending the Cefn Cyff ridge.
- Long shadows at the Tyle-llwyd farm.
- Fields at Tynllwyn.
- Big sheep.
- Nant Menasgin, the river draining Cwm Oergwm.
- Barn door.
- Sheds at Llanfrynach.
- The cantilever bridge over the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal at Talybont-on-Usk.
- Exceptionally narrow building dating from 1903 in Talybont-on-Usk.