Matt Holland "Bannau Brycheiniog"

Matt Holland tells his story of multiple visits to the UK National Park, Brecon Beacons in South Wales.

The Brecon Beacons is somewhere I’ve only been a few times on expedition, but this has only been leading groups of teenagers and ensuring they are safe out in the mountains, so I’ve had little to no time to enjoy the vast mountain range and scenery the national park has to offer.

So, in 2018 I decided to make use of my weekends and head over to the park on a series of weekends and explore different regions and enjoy what the park has to offer. With the Brecon Beacons being my closest mountain range at 150 miles it’s easy for me to travel down on a Friday after work and enjoy the outdoors with the odd trip down to the Gower.

Over the past 9 weeks I’ve climbed mountains, been sun burnt, soaked to the bone, cold, hot, wet, swimming, bitten, blood, no tears, mud and much more and loved every moment despite poor weather, extreme heat and an average of 3 hours sleep on the weekends.

One of the main opportunities I wanted to take advantage of was the Dark Sky status and improve upon my astrophotography. Capturing the Milky way, Mars, Perseid Meteors and bioluminescent plankton.

Here is a collection of my trips to the Brecon Beacons with each trip bringing something very different from the last.

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