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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Boys' Weekend in Wales

Last weekend saw the annual "Boys' Weekend", to which I was priveleged to be invited for the second time. This year the event was organised by TCA and held in a Hostel at Llanddeusant in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales. The main function of the weekend is to participate in some outdoor pursuits (mountain-biking, hiking, birdwatching) through the weekend until the culmination on Saturday afternoon of watching the Six-Nations Rugby on tv in a local tavern. The choice on Friday was an arduous mountain-bike trail (for those who had transported their bikes) or a 20km hike to the summit peaks of the Black Mountain. These pictures capture some moments during the weekend.
View from the hostel - the Black Mountain peaks which beckon us on foot or by bike

The bikers have a head-start on their approach to the summit...

...whilst the hikers follow the course of a mountain stream.

The hikers approach the summit plateau...

...and get there in the end.

A view of the summit peaks to prove that we made it!

Wildlife in the district was spectacular with Red Kites often seen...

An arial squabble for a piece of carrion!
Both kite pictures courtesy of Barry Gower

Meanwhile, back at the hostel, TCA (aka Worzel) organises the beer...

...before the visit to the tavern; jubilation as England scores againts Scotland in the six-nations rugby tournament!

The inevitable group shot...

...and the eponymous sunset scene at the end of a fulfilling day.


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13 Comments:

Blogger donsands said...

Wales looks like a marvelous place. And looks like a fun time as well.

I hope some day I may be able to visit the British Isles, especially Ireland, where I have my roots. And perhaps even the Isle of Man seems very interesting.

4:02 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Hey that looks good! Did you cycle or walk up the hill?

5:43 pm  
Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

It's the hiking trail for me. I love to walk

7:28 pm  
Anonymous prkl said...

I like the solo bird. Nice, light, airy shot. Happy SWF!

8:22 pm  
Blogger Amy said...

Oh, I love the pic of the squabbling kites, very nice! Have a great weekend!

8:23 pm  
Blogger Guy D said...

Splendid photos, thanks so much for the tour.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

9:07 pm  
Blogger Babooshka said...

Eponymous or not it's a subtle beauty. Brecon Beacons. I used to see that way on a clear day from my native Brum.

11:28 pm  
Blogger simon said...

looks fantastic

2:15 am  
Blogger Merisi said...

Wales - finally it's not only the "Princess of Wales" that comes to mind when I hear that name! :-)

I was surrounded by rugby fans from Wales during a recent visit to Rome. Many of them were carrying daffodils, large and small.

9:56 am  
Anonymous MaineBirder said...

Very nice photos! Love the Herons in your last post.

My Skywatch:
Full Moon Sunset

5:20 pm  
Blogger Arija said...

The view from the top and the sunset were just spectacular. Thanks for taking us along.

11:51 pm  
Blogger Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Wonderful shots - and what a great chance to be with your friends and sons - now about those grandchildren pictures!!!!

7:22 pm  
Blogger Tortoiseshell said...

I'm back!

10:31 pm  

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