The high mountains and rugged countryside of Bannau Brycheiniog (the Brecon Beacons) is enjoyed by thousands of people every year. It is also a wonderful place for landscape photography. With the unique weather systems changing quickly and dramatically, it is important to be prepared carrying full wet gear even when the sun is shining bright. For me, walking in the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park is one of my favourite activities, especially in areas where the footfall is less. And, over the years, I’ve managed to capture the drama of the mountains in an image.
Pen y Fan mountain is the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park (Wales, UK) and is one of the most popular climbs in the British Isles. The peak is 886 metres (2,907 feet) above sea level with a sister peak, Corn Du, just slightly lower. There are two routes from the main car park to the top of the mountain, commonly known as the easy (directly from the main car park) and hard (from the Storey Arms side). At the summit of the Pen y Fan mountain is a well preserved and structured Bronze Age cairn with a central stone cist, similar to that on the nearby summit of Corn Du. The grave is fitted with a series of concentric stone kerbs to protect the central mound from slippage. Pen y Fan and Corn Du are both formed from Lower Old Red Sandstone from the Devonian period (416 to 359 million years old) and it is possible to see fossilized sand ripples in the exposed rocks.