Wild Brecon Beacons
Matt Holland takes us on a series of trips to the South Wales National Park, the Brecon Beacons with friends to camp and photograph the surrounding landscape.
The Brecon Beacons is the closest mountains to me, living near London. It takes a little over two hours to get to the National Park and is probably one the best opportunities in the South of England to go wild in the mountains.
Rucksack packed and ready to go, it’s a case of counting down the hours on Friday, eager to get going and enjoy a weekend in the mountains no matter the weather. The weight of the rucksack just spurs you on as you walk back down the high street to the office car park ready to make the 160-mile drive West. The boot of the car filled with camping kit and rolling down the M4, you can’t help but get excited as you approach the Severn Bridge knowing you are less than an hour away from meeting the gang and heading up to see the sun set and rise from the tent doors.
There is nothing quite as exhilarating as getting outdoors and enjoying a wild night under the stars and waking up with the mountains, valleys and sun rising above it all. I challenge anyone to not enjoy or have their breath taken away with views as magical as these and this I believe is what keeps me coming back no matter the weather to always beat the previous camping experience. Getting out in the outdoors and camping like this hasn’t only been for a photographic point of view but also a reset from the stresses and worries of daily life and work. A weekend out in the mountains really does my head wonders as I escape.
Camping let alone wild camping is not for everyone and when it’s rainy or cold and miserable it can be challenging mentally and physically. Many camps over the years have been cut short because of the down pour but equally, the rain brings some wonders in itself as it creates atmosphere and drives everyone away leaving the outdoors to yourself to play in.
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