Dawn, 14th March 2004... everyone was asleep. Three hours later, six intrepid EPZ-ers (Mal, Mari, Rob, Brian, Alethea and Dave) met in the car park of the Angel pub in Pontneddfechan, prior to heading off to photograph a series of local waterfalls. The rain was blown nearly horizontal by the wind and it took seconds to realise that the morning was lost to the weather.
A generous offer by Rob to shelter the mob in his house was quickly taken up, and the morning was spent getting to know each other and watching the weather forecast on the TV.
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(L to R Gibbsy, Maljohns, Welsh Lady, Bobsy, Brian13, Pebbles and DF)
After a splendid lunch in the Angel and with the weather improving, we made our way to the first waterfall, Scwd Clun Gwyn. It was audible long before it was visible and once we could see it through the trees, it was clear that the amount of water flowing over the fall would make it a challenging subject. Tripods were set up and shutters snapped and the first waterfall of the day was captured.
Brian and Scwd Clun Gwyn
The Ystradfellte valley caries water from the river Mellte down from the surrounding hills in a series of falls, which can be spectacular or gentle, according to the season. Part way along, the Mellte meets the river Hepste and continues until it joins with the river Neath and flows out to sea. The paths to the falls are well sign posted but very slippery and the side of the valley is prone to.
Shortly after passing the Clun Gwyn, we met up with Gerwyn, who completed our fellowship, and we made our way along the narrow path to Scwd Isaf Clun Gwyn and Scwd y Pannwr. Both were in full flood and the spray made taking photos difficult. Every time we stopped to set up a tripod, everything became drenched in a fine mist.
|Here the group are seen climbing down to Scwd Isaf Clun Gwyn|
|The final trek, to Scwd yr Eira, was down a steep set of steps which we were all conscious would have to be climbed again on the way out. Scwd yr Eira is on the river Hepste and can be walked behind. Indeed, the path continues on behind the falls and up the opposite side of the valley|
Two intrepid souls (Mari and Rob) walked into the crashing water to emerge the other side, soaked but safe. The rest of us watched and waited for them to return, preferring to remain relatively dry. By the time we turned for home, a drizzle had descended but Gerwyn led us along a short cut through the woods and we managed to avoid the worst of the weather.
A good day was had by all despite the efforts of the weather. Friendships were made and Lion Bars consumed. This will definitely not be the last day out for this group.