Although there is a complete ban in Wales on people driving to take exercise and we, in England, are not allowed to drive a significant distance, a large number of cars continue to reach the Storey Arms area of the Brecon Beacons (nearest to Pen y Fan GW/SW-0001) Hence this new directive.:
"Julian Atkins, chief executive of the authority stated: “In agreement with, Welsh Government, Dyfed Powys Police, National Trust, South Wales Trunk Road Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Powys County Council, we have closed two areas of land either side of the A470, through the central beacons.
"People should not be using their cars to enjoy a walk in the countryside, Welsh Government guidance states that exercise should start and finish at home.
Areas and locations that are closed
Those areas of access land, above the hill fence, comprising of the Central Brecon Beacons including Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, Waun Lysiog, Twyn Mwyalchod, Graig Fan Ddu, Gwaun Taf, Gwaun Perfedd, Cefn Crew, Tyle Brith, Pen Milan, Y Gyrn, Cefn Cwm Llwch, Allt Ddu and Bryn Teg including all public footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways are closed.
Eastern Great Forest
Those areas of access land, above the hill fence, within and adjacent to the Eastern Great Forest including Fan Fawr, Rhos Dringarth, Fan Dringarth, Fan Llia, Waun Llywarch, Ton Teg, Waun Tincer and Mynydd y Garn and all public footpaths and restricted byways within those areas are closed.
The Beacons Way
The Beacons Way where it crosses any of the above areas is closed.
Other sites that are closed
Taf Fechan Forest car parks at Neuadd (SO03768,16960) and Cwmyfedwen (SO04235,16399)
Pont-ar-Daf car park adjacent to the A470 (SN98689,19989)
Storey Arms car park adjacent to the A470 (SN98369,19915)
All lay-bys between the junction of the A470 with the A4059 (SN99008,18166) in a northerly direction up to and including the lay-by to the north west of Storey Arms (SN97750,20377).
National Park Visitor Centre Libanus, café, toilets and shop.
Craig y nos Country Park, Café, shops, toilets and car park.
Cwm Porth, car park and toilets.
Abergavenny tourist information centre"
So there you are folks. You aren’t allowed to drive there - and even if you did you are not allowed to get out of your car and walk - and even if you did the MT would pounce on you from a great height (or jam your transmissions??) the moment you intoned ‘CQ SOTA, CQ SOTA…’
Meanwhile enjoy/endure your lockdown, stay safe and await the arrival of a vaccine which is rumbling ever-closer for the more senior members of the fraternity. Its arrival wil not mean that we are suddenly allowed on them thar hills but should ensure that we are in a better state to take advantage of the opening up when it does arrive. Has anyone found suitable fitness classes for those more mature, ‘totally unfit because they are banned from the hills’, but ‘longing to get out onto the heights when they are once more derestricted’, hill-walkers? Please don’t suggest Joe Wicks…