Thursday saw the first arrivals at the bunkhouse and it was quickly decided that camping was off for a couple of hardy souls. So with 2 new recruits to the bunkhouse it was time to fire up the homemade from scratch chilli. As the place started to fill up a group of eager geo-cachers set off to find some nearby treasure. After a hearty meal an impromptu party began in the dining area with a rival mainly female alternative in the outdoor Hobbit Hutch.
Friday began with a promise of fair weather so we set off for the first waterfalls walk. The stunning array of different types and size was amazing. A hidden waterfall was discovered by a breakaway group who later arrived at Sgwd Eira to discover that the waterfall was too torrential to walk under. The leading group headed back while the breakaways carried on down where young Laurence decided to take a first attempt at the falls. He reported back that there was a path behind it so we were able to stick to the plan and carry on the other side to Pontnedfecchan. After passing Dinas Rock we headed into town where the first pub didn't allow dogs. Luckily we found a better one that did. Later the others joined us along with Rob and Sandra that had travelled up that day. The rain then came as we settled in for late afternoon refreshments. Back at the bunkhouse with Rob and Sandra settled in the Shepherds Hut with welcome hamper provided by the owner. Another night of relaxing and tired heads.
Saturday the rain hadn't abated so a decision was made to hold off the start of the walk, that saved us as it was then dry for the rest of the day after the half-hour delay. We headed up the Afon Mellte to Ystradfellte where we came across the access point to the pot-holing caves. After a quick check on food times in the pub in Ystradfellte, we carried on the planned walk, a little less pace than expected because of conditions under foot. After a few challenging climbs we took the road to the remains of Castle Coch. A scout round the mound was all that could be gleaned. Next another climb to the cairns above Forest Fawr where the snow-capped Brecon hills provided plenty of scenic memories. Back down the hill to a welcome stop at the pub with a roaring fire, lunch was much appreciated. The whereabouts of the geo-cachers Martina, Daniel and Rachael being long passed the agreed time to meet needed a trip up the hill for a signal, once contacted we made tracks back, some more friendly than others. At the bunkhouse a de-brief of the geo-cachers revealed why we never saw them as they had ventured into marshland to be rescued by quad bikes and further trouble led to the offer of a lift from the local farmer. Another night of more good friendly banter prevailed.
Sunday after the experience of the GC's we decided to take a detour through the remaining waterfalls walk and onto Henryhd though some impressive Brecon forest with all types of off-road vehicles enjoying the wide lanes. And all leading to our goal, Henrhyd Falls used as the Batcave in the Dark Knight Rises. Only option back because of the detour was a fast A-road, not ideal but nobody minded too much apart from me with the dogs. Then a stop in Pontnedffeccan for food and we entered our last night with an added appearance by the owner's son and friends. A magnificent weekend not spoiled by the weather and a great crowd of people.
Many thanks to Rachael, Martina, Jan, Sughanda, Kristine, Sasha, Mark, Nick, Brian, Neil, Robert, Jeff, Mike, Rob, George, Rob, Sandra, Laurence and Daniel.
Report by Nick
Start of walk - Photo by Brian
Sgwd Clun Falls - Photo by Brian
Sgwd Yr Eira Falls - Photo by Brian
Quick way down river - Photo by Brian
Surrounded by moss - Photo by Brian
Hobbits Hutch - Photo by Brian
Taff Trail - Photo by Brian
Yoga Poses - Photo by Brian
Sgwd Panwr Falls - Photo by Brian
Sgwd Herhyd falls - Photo by Brian
Cream teas by the river - Photo by Brian