Horseshoe Ridge Trail December 2023

The Horseshoe Ridge Trail is an amazing hike taking in the four highest peaks in Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) – Corn Du (873m), Pen-y-Fan (886m), Cribyn (795m) and Fan-y-Big (719m).  You start in the Taf Fechan car park (grid ref SO038169) and as you follow the trail you are treated to stunning views of the… Read More

Horseshoe Ridge Trail

The Horseshoe Ridge Trail covers between 8 and 10 miles and takes you over the three highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons – Corn Du, Pen-y-Fan and Cribyn. Blog:  A guide and directions for walking the Horseshoe Ridge. Related photo galleries:  Photographs taken in the Brecon Beacons.  Paul Fears is a commercial and industrial photographer… Read More

10nTaff Training January 2022

Finally, after two postponements, the 10nTaff is on for 2022!  With the challenge of climbing 10 mountains and cycling from Brecon to Cardiff in 55 hours, serious training resumed in January.  I managed 15 walks covering 74 miles in 24 1/2 hours, ascending over 10,600 feet.  The weather went from torrential rain to freezing cold… Read More

10nTaff Training July 2021

It has been a long time since I posted some photographs of my training for the 10nTaff challenge for Tŷ Hafan.  The rescheduled, rescheduled event now takes place between the 30th June and 2nd July 2022.  Apart from an enforced rest at the end of April into May, the training has continued and intensified in… Read More

10nTaff Training September 2020

September marked a wonderful change in the seasons, with greens turning to browns and leaves starting to fall from trees.   It was wonderful to witness the change as I cycled and hiked whilst training for the 2021 10nTaff for Tŷ Hafan.  However, the change of seasons also brought colder and wetter weather and shorter days. … Read More

10nTaff Training August 2020

On August, I spent 17 out of 31 days spent either walking or mountain biking training for next year’s 10nTaff challenge for Tŷ Hafan.  Over 26 hours, I walked 68 miles, climbing 9957 feet (3035m) and cycled 60 miles, climbing 6197 feet (1889m).  My playground has been very local with the Garth Hill, Craig-yr-Allt, Rudry… Read More

10nTaff Training May 2020

May 2020 was the perfect month for hiking and cycling.  Watching Spring unfold in beautiful sunshine has been special.  My daily routine has included hiking and cycling, which has been precious.  I intend to maintain this change in lifestyle once everything starts going back to normal.  I never appreciated how important it is to allow… Read More

10nTaff Training March 2020

To say March 2020 was tough is an understatement.  The rise of the coronavirus pandemic changed everyone’s life.  As the severity of the crisis became increasingly apparent, it was inevitable that the 10nTaff challenge for Tŷ Hafan would be postponed, and is now rescheduled for July 2021.  We are a family with a vulnerable person… Read More

Above the Clouds Brecon Beacons

When we started walking up Fan Fawr in the Brecon Beacons National Park, we had no idea that we would end up walking out of the low cloud.  The cold and damp fog hung around us in the car park and it looked like another walk without a view.  However, as we ascended the mountain… Read More