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Beckoned by Beacons

My friend Ayako has often expressed the desire to visit Wales. So, thinking that St David's Shopping Centre in Cardiff might not cut it, I took her to the Brecon Beacons yesterday, and specifically the Llangattock Escarpment near Crickhowell. It was actually the first time I'd been up on the Beacons - I'm normally on my way somewhere else when I drive through Crickhowell - and I'm very glad she prompted me to make the trip.

We had a little hike - maybe four miles, but with a lot of ups and downs. Living in as hilly a city as Bristol certainly helps train for this kind of terrain. The weather helped too, mind: it was about 24 degrees, which would normally be a bit on the hot side, but with a pleasant breeze and low humidity it was just right.

What can I say? The Brecon Beacons are awesome. I'd bought a book of short walks for the occasion, and the one we took was ideal, with variety of terrains, from stream beds to brackeny slopes to post-industrial spoil heaps from 200-year-old limestone quarries.


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I hadn't seen this neat trick of getting a free salt lick by raiding the de-icing grit box!

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This is essentially what I'd like my garden to look like.

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A strangely proprietorial sheep.

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The escarpment itself

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The Usk valley, the village of Llangattock nestled within.

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That rare thing - a nice picture of me

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It looks as if Ayako is standing in front of a backdrop picture here, but such is not the case.
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