Snow and Sunset – what an amazing weekend away

This weekend we booked to go to the Brecon Beacons to celebrate my birthday. In light of recent events (Our Happy Place), we very nearly cancelled it but decided a change of scene would do us the world of good.

Before setting off (at stupidly early on a Saturday morning) we did a bit of research and decided that we would head to Merthyr Tydfil and then drive straight into the Beacons from there. The journey was super easy and we got to cross the Severn Bridge which none of us had done before.

Before we knew it, we were in the Brecon Beacons National Park and the views were simply amazing. We stopped to take some photos of the beautiful Llwyn-On Reservoir before driving slightly further in.


Being National Trust members (It’s a No-Brainer) we knew there was a car park where climbers of Pen Y Fan (the tallest mountain in Southern Britain) start their ascent. We promised TJ that he would see snow and as soon as we pulled into the car park, we could see that the top of the mountains had quite a thick covering. Now, we are by no means mountain climbers, but with a flask of hot chocolate, a rucksack of treats and some sturdy hiking shoes, we decided that we would see how far we could get to the top.

I’m not going to lie, it was hard work but TJ was an absolute super-star. Apart from a tiny grumble about 3/4 of the way up, he walked/skipped the whole way stopping periodically for a drink or a snack. The other people on the mountain were really friendly and encouraging. The views were breathtaking and the photos don’t really do it justice.

We reached the summit in just over 2 1/2 hours. The final part was like a proper climb with very narrow steps up to the top.  When we got there, we discovered that we’d actually climbed Corn Du which, at 873m, is the second highest mountain. A pretty amazing achievement for a 4 (nearly 5) year old I would say. We stayed at the top for a picnic and to take in the breathtaking views but the weather started to change so we thought we’d better start the descent.

We got down in just under an hour and headed back to our hotel to warm up before heading out to grab some well earned food.

On Sunday, the weather wasn’t particularly nice so we decided to drive to Brecon and then on to Abergavenny to grab a bite to eat before heading back to Dorset.

On the way back, the sun decided to make an appearance so we stopped off at Weston-Super-Mare to have a wander along the beach. We got there in the late afternoon and had a walk on the Grand Pier before playing football with a ball we won on a grabber machine. When we left the arcade, we were right in the middle of ‘Golden Hour’ – in photography terms,the time shortly after sunrise or before sunset so decided to hang around for a bit to watch the sun go down.

What a perfect way to end a perfect weekend away.

Country Kids


36 thoughts on “Snow and Sunset – what an amazing weekend away

  1. babyfoote says:

    That is a fantastic achievement for a 4 year old! Mine would whinge and whine for the whole 100 yards he walked before giving up and demanding to be carried…
    It’s such a beautiful place. That photo of the reservoir is stunning!

    Visiting from #countrykids

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  2. Coombe Mill says:

    What a wonderful sounding weekend and the most stunning photos. I’ve never been to the Brecon Beacons but this makes me want to visit. My eldest is away at Cardiff University and I’m sure it would be an easy journey from there so we might just give it a go. I love the snow on the top of the mountains, I’m guessing Dorset is like Cornwall and lacking in snow. Well done to your little mountain climber, I’m so impressed he made it up to the top. Lovely photos from your beach stop at Weston Super Mare too, the sun is perfect in the picture.

    Thank you for sharing a very special sounding weekend on #CountryKids

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    • westcountrymumblog says:

      It really was great and wouldn’t be far at all from Cardiff. Would definitely recommend. No, we don’t get much snow in Dorset. Used to get it every year when we lived in London. TJ was so excited and managed to write his name at the top. Looking forward to linking up more of our posts in the future. Will almost certainly get to Cornwall in the summer.


  3. Louise says:

    Sounds like a perfect weekend away. Well done to TJ for managing the climb up the mountain – that is quite a feat for a little one. The views are just stunning. Glad you managed to get to the beach on the way home too 🙂 #countrykids

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  4. Aly says:

    We went on a family canal boat holiday through the Brecon Beacons.Such a peaceful and beautiful part of Wales, I ought to take my kids one day.Really jealous of you finding snow, I think we’ll have to wait until winter again to see if we get any.Popped over from Country Kids.

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