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August 17, 2014

Our Pen-y-Fan Adventure

Yes…..   we got to the top !!

Climbing up to the top of Pen-y-Fan was on our summer holiday to-do list. My daughter has been jumping at the chance to do the walk and, after we got her first pair of walking boots and thick walking socks, there was no stopping her. We waited for a dry and clear day and my Dad, my daughter and I set off with a well packed picnic and a flask of chicken noodle soup !!

The weather at our house was warm and sunny but, when we got to Brecon the clouds were set with rain and we quickly threw our jumpers on to help against the cold. We started on the family-friendly path, which is great for young children. This is a gradual path and not too steep, which makes it a good way for children to get to the top. We took regular breaks and, when we started to feel the cold, my Dad got out his trusty flask filled with chicken noodle soup and extra pasta, which my daughter loves.

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After a cup of steaming soup, we headed back up the path, exchanging “hellos and how’s the top” to the passing people who had woken very early and were now on their way back down.

As we got higher, the wind started getting stronger and it was quite a surprise that we had to put on our hats and coats to stay warm.

We reached the corner of Corn Ddu and, with Pen-y-Fan in the distance, we knew we had about twenty minutes from the top, and this gave us our second wind. With a few “are we there yets ?” from my daughter, I pointed to the rocky mount that was the top, where many people were now in a small line waiting for their photo to be taken.

Of course, we wanted to have our photo taken too and, what was nice, was that everyone helped each other and offered to take photos on each others’ cameras, so that we could all get a shot with everyone in. We took in the amazing sights from all angles, but decided not to say too long as the wind was making it so bad that we had to shout to each other to be heard.

After a little while on the way back down, we were able to stop out of the wind for our lovely picnic, snacking on sandwiches and having little bits of fudge, to give us renewed strength for the journey down.

The walk down was a lot easier than going up, and we found ourselves back at the car in record time, treating ourselves to a warming cup of tea from the little stand in the car park. We sat for a while watching people coming down, and chatting about our day, all agreeing that we were so glad and quite proud that we made the effort.

So, three generations of my family went up the largest mountain in South Wales, and we were able to tick off one of the biggest outdoor to-do adventures from our summer holiday list !!

We went up a mountain, and came down victorious !! What a wonderful memory !!

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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22 thoughts on “Our Pen-y-Fan Adventure

  1. Well done all of you. It must have been a little discouraging for your daughter to have to attempt it in weather like you had instead of some of the nice days of recent times. I think she’ll ace up it if the next trip is sunny and warm.
    It’s also brilliant that 3 generations of you did it. I bet you go plenty of great photographs of the day and you really must have enjoyed that cuppa when you got down.

    xxx Massive Congratulatory Hugs xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David, we had such a wonderful day. I really enjoyed the time I had with my Dad as well. Just chatting and completing the task all together!
      Yes the cup of tea was amazing when we got down to the car park and great photos for when my daughter goes back to school.
      Take care,
      Kim

  2. Becky Cowley says:

    What a fantastic achievement and summer memory! Great photos of you all too #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Thank you! What a day and what a great story for my daughter when she goes back to school. #countrykids

  3. Well done, it’s great when you can achieve an activity on your to do list and everyone has fun in the process. I’m sure the delicious warming food helped too, thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, thank you. I am so glad we made the effort and did it. We had such a lovely day. I also really enjoyed the time I had with my Dad which made the day even nicer.

  4. Thanks to Kim and Olivia for dragging me up to the top I and glad you enjoyed the soup it,s surprising what you can do with a packet of Asda chicken noodle soup and the spaghetti we always by when we go to France. Still got two packet of soup and five packets of spaghetti ( where next )

    1. kim says:

      Hi, thank you for coming. It was such a lovely day! That soup really did get us going as I cant believe how windy it was the further we got to the top.
      Will have to start planning our next walking trip!

  5. Carly says:

    Wow, what an adventure for all of your, I’m a big fan of climbing and hiking and want my boys to be as enthusiastic as me. I managed to persuade them to go up Mam Tor the other weekend (although we didn’t walk all the way from the bottom) and they were shouting “more hills, more hills” on the way back down!

    #letkidsbekids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, we had a great day and was a brilliant adventure for us. How wonderful you were able to get out, its such a good way of spending time together. #letkidsbekids

  6. Those photos are wonderful. I can practically smell the fresh air.

    1. kim says:

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoy them. We had a wonderful day.

  7. We usually walk when its warm and bright but never when its raining! The soup flask will be noted as we will go on a camping and we know its going to be a cold weekend! Congrats for this. What an awesome feat! #letkidsbekids

    1. kim says:

      Thank you so much!, It was so sunny when we left Cardiff so it really showed my daughter that you should be prepared when your going for a walk in the countryside.
      We had the best day out, I was so proud.
      #letkidsbekids

  8. We love to walk too! Sometimes the challenging weather makes it all the more satisfying 🙂
    #outdoorplayparty

    1. kim says:

      Hi, what a wonderful walk and I was so proud of my daughter! We have been wanting to do it for so long.
      #outdoorplayparty

  9. Karen Bell says:

    Fantastic! Well done. It’s great to achieve something like that, especially with 3 generations together. I used to like mountain walking, maybe I’ll get to share it with my children one day too.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    1. kim says:

      Thank you so much, it was such a lovely day and I’m so glad we made the effort. Great day and something we wont forget.
      #letkidsbekids

  10. What a great family achievement .. and I now also know the name of Wales’s highest peak should that come up in a quiz!

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, glad we could past on a nugget of information. Random things like that always come up in a quiz!

  11. What a lovely family achievement and such a special way to make memories. We climbed mountains in Wales on our honeymoon and I can’t wait to get back there with Little Man when he is a bit bigger. Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party 🙂

    1. kim says:

      Hi, thank you. It was truly a wonderful day and a great family memory. It is lovely now my daughter is a little older and we can do bigger walks, she loved Pen Y Fan. I was so proud! #OutdoorPlayParty

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