Brecon Beacons National Park

Best photos from our walks: we have winners!

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These are the four amazing photos taken on our walks  between September 2011 and June 2012 that were voted by our student members as the winners of  Cranfield University Walks photo competition 2011-2012. Congratulations!

The winners will receive prizes donate by our sponsors: Angela Jane’s Farmhouse Kitchen, Lodge Farm, North Crawleyhomemade cakes, ice cream & more. The Beesness: delicious preserves, jams & honey. Glynise King, Sherington: tranquillity holistic therapies (book a massage via university’s Medical Centre). The cafe bookshop @ Cranfield campus: fresh coffee and cakes, books & more. Digital Visitor: kindly donating a ‘cycle pack’ with a helmet, gloves, puncture repair kit, light and bike tool kit. Cranfield Students’ Association – a bottle of  bubbly.

Special thank you goes to our competition committee that so brilliantly managed the competition: our Photo Editors Belen Iglesias and Xiaojian Huang.

All photos entered into this year’s competition can be viewed via our Photos page.


Walking in Wales: Cranfield University students jump 4 joy!

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A special walking weekend in Brecon Beacons National Park organised by Cranfield University’s Walks took place 25 to 27 May.

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Altogether, 12 Cranfield University students of 8 nationalities (Spanish, Chinese, English, Iranian, Dutch, Indian-Portugeese, Ecuadorian and Czech), 2 family members and 1 walk leader/university staff  took part in this special trip to South Wales.

The weekend started very early (6am) on Friday morning by a road trip to the seaside town of Tenby; 10 students in 2 cars convoy. Getting on a boat from Tenby to Caldey Island was so relaxing – indeed surreal, after several hours spent driving on a busy motorway. A quick picnic lunch at the grounds of Caldey Abbey; then most of us opted for a cliff walk to see the lighthouse and then hit the local beach. Dip into the cold sea was followed by building an impressive sand castle – with a sophisticated drainage system,  green roof and very own Great Wall of China.

In the late afternoon we headed inland. Accommodation was booked at YHA Danywenallt by the beautiful and tranquil Usk Reservoir . This is where we met the rest of our group. Big thank you goes to Toni, Hostel Manager, who arranged for everyone to have accomodation at YHA Danywenallt; in spite of 3 of us originally booked to stay in nearby hostel YHA Brecon.

On Saturday we did a moderate to hard 23 km (14.5 miles) walk, conquering 4 top summits of Brecon Beacons, including the highest peak Pen y Fan (886m) and neighbouring Fan y Big (719m).  We were being blown away on top of these mountains – not just by the beauty of the place but quite literally,  by winds reported to be reaching 80 km (50 miles) per hour.

On Sunday we did a shorter, about 10 km (6 miles) walk; along the river Hepste, through woodland, walking up and down to a number of enchanting waterfalls – including the famous Sgwd yr Eira (meaning “Fall of Snow“) behind which we walked, took photos  and where we had a picnic lunch.

Weather on both days was fantastic: sunny and very warm. Overall, the trip to South Wales was a great success: Cranfield University students just could not stop jumping 4 joy!-)

Big thank you goes to all Cranfield University staff and students who made this special weekend trip to South Wales possible

  •  Toby, Lecturer from School of Engineering; our walk leader and also driver, for taking his time off to spend the weekend with Cranfield University students and for guiding our group through the spectacular Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Sue and Glenda from Cranfield Students’ Association  for taking bookings, liaising about our accommodation and for providing us with endless streams of helpful advice.
  • Our drivers: Toby, member of staff and our walk leader; and Pedro, PhD student who came forward at a late stage of planning this trip and thus allowed further 4 students to participate.
  •  Our photographers: Belen, Ali, Xiaojian and many more – thanks to you we now have many amazing photos from this trip that can be viewed via our Photos page.   
  • Lovely Margaret and Dawn from the Community and Development Office  for their continuing support.

ksodo – event’s organiser & 3rd driver

Read about our previous walking weekend in Lake District.

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25-27 May: Walking weekend in Wales

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UPDATE ON 20th MAY: up to 2 more places available in our cars, accommodation to be booked individually in nearby YHA Brecon

Special weekend trip organised by Cranfield University walks.

25th-27th May 2012 – walking in Brecon Beacons National Park, cost: £65 members, £75 non-members. Cost includes: 2 nights accommodation in YHA hostel Danywenallt in Brecon Beacons), breakfast and evening meal.                                                                  

 Only 13 places available for this trip. Book your place now by paying the full amount to Glenda at CSA 1st floor.*        
Get to know UK more – its amazing scenery, dramatic landscape and beautiful countryside. 

Transportcar sharing, 3-4 drivers sought. Journey duration: 3.5 hours one way. Cost of petrol to be shared amongst occupants of each car. Food: For both days of walking you will need to provide yourself with a packed lunch, some high energy food to keep you going throughout the day and at least 1.5 litres of water. Itinerary: depart on Friday afternoon from Cranfield University, return back on Sunday evening. Detailed program will be available nearer to the date of each trip. Guide:  An experienced walk leader and a former walking club member.

Equipment: please note NO GEAR, NO GO policy for this trip. This includes walking boots (NO other shoes!), waterproofs, warm clothes and a NON-COTTON base layer and NO jeans please!.

Walks: Moderately challenging – Saturday walk about 14 miles. Shorter walk on Sunday morning. Exact program to be confirmed. Example routes:                                                                                                         

* Please note that the cost of this trip has been  paid for in advance by CSA, to secure our places. Therefore bookings are refundable only in exceptional circumstances. Before a refund will be agreed, you will be asked to find a replacement.