Three Welsh Rambles

We recently caught up with the very wonderful Lindee Meredith in order to tap into her love of hiking for three personal recommendations of wonderful Welsh walks. Here are they are as well as a selection of her stuunning photographs.

In 2017 my mum passed away suddenly. It had a massive effect on me mentally and as a result I suffered grief and depression from the trauma and loss

I have always loved the outdoors and I knew that getting back into nature would help me heal. I did a couple of small local walks first and then started hiking the Brecon Beacons – Bannau Brycheiniog. I felt focused and was able to shift my mindset. I have been addicted to hiking ever since.

I’d like to share with you my favourite top 3 Welsh hikes whether you’re a beginner or fancy more of a challenge then these are definitely ones to try.

Pen y Fan

Pen y Fan

My first choice has to be Pen y Fan and the sheer joy of watching the sunrise over Crybin in the Brecon Beacons. At 886m Pen y Fan is the highest mountain in South Wales. But this is a moderate hike and so it’s great for beginners.

Starting from Pont ar Daf car park, allow yourself a good hour to walk up to the top in time for sunrise. It’s the most magical experience to watch the sun rise over the Beacons valley and beyond. I always make my way up Corn Du for even more views and descend down that ridge back to the car.

Llyn y Fan Fach

Llyn y Fan Fach (all images by Lindee Meredith)

Next up is Llyn y Fan fach. This is a lesser-known gem situated in the Carmarthenshire Fans on the western border of the Brecon Beacons. And in my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful locations in thewhole national park.

There is a Welsh legend about this lake that adds real mystery to the walk. This route has two major view points from Waun Lefrith (677m) and Picws Du (749m). You can continue the hike up to the summit of Fan Brycheiniog (802.5m) and circle down towards Llyn y Fan Fawr for a longer hike too. 

If you’re feeling brave, take your swimwear and go for cold dip in the lake. I highly recommend it.

Cader Idris

Cader Idris

And finally comes the mighty Cader Idris at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park near the town of Dolgellau and stands at 893m. 

It’s true what they say ‘The best view comes after the hardest climb’ and that’s one reason why this is by fair my favourite mountain hike in Wales.

It is a very strenuous climb which ever route you take and involves scrambling in some parts, which is why I love it. The route I take is the Minffordd path bearing left after the dreaded steps!! (If you know, you know!) the view from the stile at Craig Cau is just out of this world and I always feel I want to burst out the Welsh National Anthem ‘Cymru am Byth’ when I| get there. If you want a challenge, then this is the mountain is for you.

Happy exploring and please do follow my adventures on Instagram @bindeem

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