Cwm Twrch - Aug. 2003

This was a short weekend trip in which I drove and left my car in the small village of Ystradowen (north-east of Swansea in South Wales) and walked up Cwm Twrch - the valley of the river Twrch. There was a whole series of lovely clear pools, one after another, and on this hot sunny summer afternoon I couldn't help but go for a swim in almost every one of them. The water was deliciously cool. Needless to say, progress up the valley was slow... But I eventually climbed all the way to the old quarries, and then on to the summit of Foel Frach.

The following morning I walked down the old tramway leading to the quarries back to the car, though I couldn't resist one more early morning dip in the pool just up from the bridge where I'd left the car. The water was freezing! Afterwards I drove over to Llyn y Fan Fraith and then back home through Brecon.

The narrow channel running into the pool Looking down Cwm Twrch from above the old mines Looking up to Cefn Twrch from near Llyn y Fan Fach