A quick trip out over Saturday lunch time

We were invited to an exhibition of sculpture and drawing by Antonia Spowers at The Waterfall Centre down at Pontneddfechan. … …and of course I thought of dropping in some leaflets and I was quite surprised the Information Officer at the Tourist Information Centre had not heard of Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages!!

We were not quite sure of the best way to get there, so put on the SATNAV and had a lovely drive – through the Beacons, past Storey Arms car park which was full to bursting with people walking up Pen-y-fan, past the first reservoir and then over the mountain road towards Ystradfellte, passing loads of sheep enjoying basking on the warm road and lots of beautiful mountain ponies looking in really good condition on the hills and then on down to The Waterfall Centre which again was really busy and so was The Angel Inn pub opposite.

We loved Antonia’s Exhibition, Erosion; this exhibition would be great for anyone with children over about 6 years of age as the sculptures of rocks are paper works, an unlikely material and are quite playful and are open to being handled. To begin with I looked at them and could not quite believe they were paper! There are also many drawing and watercolours investigating and exploring rock – this rich and varied material and are full of unexpected surprises.

Once there and realising where we were, we drove home on the scenic route down to Ystradfellte and stopped off at the very attractive new café called Waterfalls Café – which has a delicious menu of cakes, soups, sandwiches and salads for a delicious lunch. The local pub in Ystradfellte called The New Inn also had a good menu and was bustling.Waterfalls at Ystradfellte

We drove on through lanes lined with lichen covered oaks, passing Dan-y-Bryn it looked lovely and was just being cleaned – there were lambs in the adjoining meadow looking very contented.

Sheep at Dan y Bryn

Dan-y-Bryn, one of Brecon Cottages' cottages
Dan-y-Bryn, in the Southern National Park

Along the Llia Valley and the ancient Roman road Sarn Helen, stopped for a quick picture of the great bronze age standing stone Maen Llia and then on through the vast expanse of open hill side – with no-one anywhere to be seen except a lone cyclist and a family who said they were thrilled to have found somewhere so wild and beautiful and the excited children had a little waterfall all to themselves

Standing Stone at Sarn Helen
Standing Stone at Sarn Helen
Hoel Senni or the Devil's Elbow
Hoel Senni or the Devil’s Elbow

On down the very steep and zigzag road (known as the Devil’s Elbow)– into The Heol Senni Valley – this is still part of the Sarn Helen long distance bike trail, a popular route for mountain bikers and for road cyclists – but what a hill to have to come up!!! Along The Heol Senni Valley and there we were at Forest Lodge and the holiday cottages, Ivy, Fern and Charlottes Cottages – I had not really realised how close they are to the waterfalls and then on home – where everyone else seemed to have been to Brecon Show.  

Liz

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