One way to make an entrance!

Our second day in Brecon started comfortably, having a slow breakfast and getting ready in our own time. Today’s cave was Pant Mawr which meant on leaving the hut, we had to walk for over an hour, over the hills being the hut to each the cave opening.

Tim’s navigating brought us directly to the fenced off opening, as to enter this cave you need to set up a hanging wire ladder and safety rope to climb down. This was an adventure in itself, and made the walk there worth the extra effort. It was atmospheric to look at from the top and the bottom.

This cave was linear in shape and was made up of one large cave, broken up by three separate boulder chokes. Off this was a couple of detours, one of which was pretty spectacular, but I will write about that later.

The boulder chokes provided the majority of navigational challenges, on the return I tried a route that was pretty wet, and most definitely not the right way. Eventually we found some polish and followed this to exit the boulders.

We followed the cave to two separate ends, one higher on compressed mud which ended at a collection of digging equipment. The other took on a lower collection of rocks near the stream and ended abruptly at a sump (blocked by water).

On the way out we passed various ropes leading up flowstone, but we had no knowledge of what these led to, and couldn’t see what they were tied to. So in the sense of self preservation, we decided against a look.

We then took a look at the vestry I went for a recce, whilst Jess and Tim waited. I climbed up a short climb with a waterfall, and slid through a small hole, eventually I appeared at a large chamber, although there was little here. There was potential to climb up to some pencils, although a bit too high, there was little else so I climbed back down to Jess and Tim.

The final chamber that we visited was called the chapel, and was the jewel in the crown for me. After climbing up a flowstone formation you walk through a corridor of pencils, this leads to a small chamber that is littered with pencils, stalactites and helactites of all shapes and sizes. It was really impressive and a great sight to see.

The climb out was as awe inspiring as the climb in, although was a little more tiring thanks to gravity. Although I was tired and this trip wasn’t even over yet, I was already keen for the next!

The climb out was as awe inspiring as the climb in, although was a little more tiring thanks to gravity. Although I was tired and this trip wasn’t even over yet, I was already keen for the next!

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