Starting near Storey Arms we took an easy route to the tops and ticked off CCG and Fan Frynich in quick succession before following the Beacons Way over to Fan Llia. This is where we were caught in a very painful hailstorm.
The centre will be powered by a range of renewables, wind and solar in the main. A daily 4×4 shuttle bus will run in the morning and again in the evening taking and returning staff and resources to the cafe and removing rubbish from the site. This could be replaced by 2027, if stage three of the development plan can be successfully funded, by a funicular railway that would make use of water to assist the carriages ascent and descent.
It followed what feels like months of torrential rain and very high winds and was the day prior to the peak of the bad weather, Storm Dennis, on the very next day. And so it was with some trepidation that Andy met a hardy group of walkers at Blaen Llia Car Park, newly refurbished for logging and open for walkers.
We had a booking for two people for the Classic Pen y Fan walk due to have been delivered a couple of weekends ago but cancelled as it was scheduled to take place at the height of the damage being delivered by Storm Dennis.
After a fabulous morning solstice walk and tea and cake and the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre then a pub lunch in Brecon we headed to Pont ar Day Car Park and met up with a fine group of brave walkers from the Wales Outdoors meetup group.