On 22nd June, the walkers took on the challenge of the Horseshoe Ridge Circular walk, which included scaling the ‘Pen y Fan’ – the highest peak in South Wales (as well as four other peaks including ‘Fan y Big’ – which we can all attest lives up to its name!).
The first km was flat, and all were enjoying the stroll in the countryside, taking in the scenery. They were then greeted by the first incline. A steep stepped path that would get them up onto the ridge. It was brutal. But once they all made it to the top, they were treated to the true beauty of the Brecon Beacons. Miles and miles of hills, winding valleys and a lot of sheep!
The next 5 or so hours and approximately 17.7 km were a mixture of flat walking, gentle inclines, steep inclines and very steep descents. All the team stuck together and got each other through the physical challenge (made slightly more intense this year because of the heat.) Plus, the scenery just kept rewarding us; it just got better and better. And the breeze at the top of the peaks was a much-needed respite from the temperature.
Knowing that an ice-cold waterfall would be waiting for the team at the end helped spur them on as the walk went on and on… It was a much-needed refresh after a hot and sweaty walk.
Helped by the sunny weather, the pictures are even better this year. Enjoy a collection below.