Riding into open countryside, we turned off the track and onto a bridal-way that led into a forest, thinking we'd be able to go off the path far enough for secrecy in the forest. This turned out to be an impossibility, prevented by the slope and rocky outcrops. So, instead, we rode along the bridal-way , the world reduced to the balls of light from our headlamps, which made the already challenging single-track even more interesting especially when the fence was strewn uselessly halfway down the valley-side. In day-time, this track would be a lot of fun to ride. Eventually we found a wider spot of path and made camp, fire and drunkenness.
We left the forest, and the valley opened up before us to reveal the
Cefn yr Ystrad quarries.
Looking toward Tor y Foel;
Looking towards Bryniau Gleision :
This photos shows the tail-end of the
green-lane that bisects Bryniau Gleision and really doesn't do it justice - it was great, gunning it along this track, the ruts and undulations along this route made it awesome fun. I didn't stop to take a picture, it was just too much damn fun.
We head off the marked paths to get onto the footpath, which involved some bog-slogging fun, although this was expected and didn't last long. The footpath we reached would lead us to the peak of Pant y Creigiau was pretty spongey.
Not my idea. The view towards Pen y Fan from the trig point of Pant y Creigiau :
Yet another waterfall. Jeez, Brecons, get some originality:
From the east edge of Craig y Fan Ddu , looking north toward Graig Fan Las. It was windy as a mother-fucker.
Elliot's innovative jacket storage solution (IJSS) continued to evolve throughout the outing;
The Red Cow, a great pub in
Pontsticill. A few good beers, nice atmosphere, relatively cheap and an open fire, which you don't appreciate properly until your shoes and socks have been sodden for a night and day;
Looking towards lovely Merthyr Tydfil from
On the road back to
This was a damn fun trip for the most part, some of the trails were excellent, there some great sights across the valleys and a couple of half-decent photos. I'll definitely be returning to this area, and try and link some of the fun bits of trail. My trip from last December took a route that was close to what me and Elliot rode on this overnighter, and sections could be joined together to make a sweet circular route out of Merthyr or Rhymney.