Stevie and I are planning to do the Beacons Ultra Marathon in November. A 46 mile run around the Brecon Beacons. Fortunately with just a couple of huge hills rather than being too hilly. We did a loop of the 2 lap course this weekend, and smugly agree that the Brecon Beacons is the most spectacular landscape in the world.
It starts at Talybont, but we joined the course at Cantref.
It starts with a relatively flat 12 miles or so to Llangynidr, along quiet roads, paths and the canal.
It then goes up a steep hill, which would be perfect for sledging down, but is less pleasant to run up. Judy is having a rest at the (near) top in this photo.
And a not-brilliant panorama from the top. I thought it would be award winning or something, but it was so bright and sunny I couldn’t see the screen.
And then along the side of the Talybont Reservoir – pretty stunning, but I got a bit lost after taking a wrong turn above Talybont Reservoir and rather than going back to where I went wrong, I battled with the undergrowth.
After the reservoir, there was the climb up The Gap, and then down the otherside, back to Cantref. Exhausted… and that was only just over half what we’ll do in the actual race…
This is the first summer holidays that seem like summer holidays because Rosie is in pre-school… so we have sampled some local activities, and here’s a round up….
We had millions of picnics up the hill and lots of walks and damning streams – which is probably the highlight.
Feels like we have spent lots of time at the Mountain Centre – we did a pottery class, and glazed them today. Rosie did pretty well, George painted himself, the table and almost flooded the place with the water machine. It has the best coffee, a brilliant outdoor play area, a hill that the children want to run down repeatedly and an indoor play bit, which despite being quite small keeps them entertained for hours.
The library – We went to a pirate craft and activity day, run by Brecknock Museum. Similar to the pottery, Rosie created a beautifully sequinned pirate cutlass, and George painted himself.
We have been away quite a bit, so have only managed one of the local summer shows… but there is still time, so we might get to one of the September ones. We had a great day out at Llanfrynach Sports Day. The children loved the ball pit, the races, and we loved the pimms and the age -old (?) custom of singing to the chicken to encourage it to poo…
Camping on the Gower – just an hour and a half away. First time camping , as a family but we are already enthusiastically buying more kit for the next trip (this weekend), and hopefully without the amber weather warning this time.
Merthyr pool – half an hour away, and it’s a great one for children as there are 2 kids’ pools, one is about 18 inches deep, and you can walk in, like the beach. There is one in Brecon, but it hasn’t got the very very shallow bit and isn’t so warm.
We’ve also spent hours and hours playing outside. We have barely bought any vegetables this summer as for the first time our vegetable garden has produced more than a token amount of veg. The children quite like helping,and when they get bored they hop on the trampoline / swings / slide.