This is the walk that I backed out of last weekend, and in retrospect it was definitely the right decision - I would not have been able to do the 3 river crossings last sunday even though they weren't large rivers. The ground was still very wet underfoot and forgetting the gaiters wasn't the best kit decision ever!
I started from the Trecastle road, heading straight up the usual path to Llyn y Fan Fawr in wonderful sunshine, though didn't overheat due to the stiff south westerly; the path up to Bwlch Giedd is currently being repitched and I stopped for a quick chat with the single National Park employee working on it, today shovelling earth and mud onto the stones in the hope that walkers will tread it in and help the stone to consolidate. So, if you come across a newly
pitched path covered in earth, don't avoid it, help stamp it in!!
From the top of the bwlch I took a bearing and walked through the mist to the memorial cairn of Anson L9149, then walked on the compass to the summit shelter on Fan Brycheiniog, through an unforecast heavy snow shower that caused a white-out for about 15 minutes After Jaffa Cakes kindly offered by some guys from Nottingham walking the ridge from Tafarn y Garreg, I descended from Tro'r Fan Foel and made for the crash site of Lancaster W4929 which crashed on a training flight in 1943 killing its crew of 8. There's a small memorial at the site, slightly incongruous in the middle of the Beacons, but along with the wreckage an intensely moving war memorial.
A variety of navigational techniques got me to the memorial cairn of Liberator PB4 Y1 38753 on Moel Feity, there's no visible wreckage now, but a poppy cross from Llanelli walking club decorated the cairn.
It was a great day out, classic 4 seasons weather, good navigation practice, and an opportunity to pay respects to some young men who died in service of our country.
Photos on my Picasa site.