CWM OERGWM VALLEY -  BRECON BEACONS    The highest point on this route is the summit of Fan Y Big, part of the Central Beacons which form the highest mountains in the southern UK. From here, you can clearly see the summit trail that crosses the peaks of Cribyn, Pen Y Fan and Corn Du, but with the advantage of being on the easterly and therefore less congested side. Looking north over the precipice, the dramatic Cwm Oergwm valley stretches out towards mid-wales. Keep an eye out for red kites catching thermals, and on a clear day, the sea to the south.

CWM OERGWM VALLEY -  BRECON BEACONS

The highest point on this route is the summit of Fan Y Big, part of the Central Beacons which form the highest mountains in the southern UK. From here, you can clearly see the summit trail that crosses the peaks of Cribyn, Pen Y Fan and Corn Du, but with the advantage of being on the easterly and therefore less congested side. Looking north over the precipice, the dramatic Cwm Oergwm valley stretches out towards mid-wales. Keep an eye out for red kites catching thermals, and on a clear day, the sea to the south.

   THE LEGEND OF CADAIR IDRIS - SNOWOWDONIA    Idris Gawr is a mythological Welsh giant, poet and astronomer, said to be so large he could sit on the summit of Cadair Idris (Idris’ chair) to survey his kingdom and look up to the stars. The legend goes on to declare that if anyone should spend a night at the summit of Cadair Idris, he or she will awake as either a madman or a poet. We can neither confirm nor deny whether this is true today, but if you decide to spend a night on these slopes, beware of Cŵn Annwn, the hounds of the underworld, as this is their hunting ground and "the howling of these huge dogs foretells death to anyone who hears them”.  If you survive and make it to the summit (known as Penygadair, or 'top of the chair'), a small stone shelter can be found to the east of the cairn. This stone building, which could easily be overlooked, was once a Victorian refreshments hut, where rumour has it, one lone lady prepared hot drinks to passers-by.

THE LEGEND OF CADAIR IDRIS - SNOWOWDONIA

Idris Gawr is a mythological Welsh giant, poet and astronomer, said to be so large he could sit on the summit of Cadair Idris (Idris’ chair) to survey his kingdom and look up to the stars. The legend goes on to declare that if anyone should spend a night at the summit of Cadair Idris, he or she will awake as either a madman or a poet. We can neither confirm nor deny whether this is true today, but if you decide to spend a night on these slopes, beware of Cŵn Annwn, the hounds of the underworld, as this is their hunting ground and "the howling of these huge dogs foretells death to anyone who hears them”.

If you survive and make it to the summit (known as Penygadair, or 'top of the chair'), a small stone shelter can be found to the east of the cairn. This stone building, which could easily be overlooked, was once a Victorian refreshments hut, where rumour has it, one lone lady prepared hot drinks to passers-by.