I'm not sure if people were tempted out by the beautiful area of the Brecon Beacons or by the wonderful weather (or both) but it was great to see 20 of our supporters, assembled at the layby in Libanus near Brecon, for Colin and Johns walk.Included, were a few regulars from other groups who had decided to join us, and were most welcome.
Some of us had had a hair raising journey to get to the meeting point as there was a cycle race taking part and thousands, or so it seemed, of cyclists were on our route with some of them cycling three and four abreast--naughty, naughty!!-- making it very difficult and quite dangerous for the vehicles to overtake.
Also on the way we had passed the start of one of the ways up to Pen Y Fan, with lots of cars parked up, and many, many people could be seen starting their ascent.
With a few words from John that we would be walking up, up and up, before lunch and down, down and down afterwards, we were off and running, well walking actually!!
We started on a lovely path hidden away behind the pub, which went across and up through a lovely green meadow with lots of wild flowers.
We stopped for some photo's with great views of Pen Y Fan and Corn Du in the background.
Our path continued up and up, through a farm and a field with cows and calves, who behaved themselves very well indeed, especially as we had some dogs with us.
We eventually got to the lunch stop near a trig point and right on the top of Twyn Y Gaer with some fantastic views to take in, whilst enjoying our packed lunches.
We descended on the lower slopes of Mynydd Illtud passing a little pond.
Not to be outdone by the humans having all the fun, our doggie friends Bradley, Max and Pippin all went for a cooling swim --see photo's--whilst we, all hot and bovvered, watched them enviously.
Soon we came to the Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre where a few people, not as desperate as others for a caffeine hit, decided to return the short way back to the cars.
The rest of us went to the Centre with its excellent information centre full of very informative leaflets and its even better scrummy cafe where we just couldn't resist some delicious refreshments to accompany our well earned rest.
Afterwards, well fed and watered, we walked the half hour or so back to the cars and set off for a quieter drive home.
Many thanks to Colin and John for their personal touches to this lovely route.It was just what was needed on such a warm day with the panoramic views, giving us a real feel for this very beautiful area.