Border Collie

date of birth

1998 (Estimated)


Was found by Gwent Animal Rescue on a Council Pound death  row awaiting execution as an abandoned dog. Taken in by GAR and adopted by Tony & Sue. She was a very nervous girl but has responded very well to attending a local Dog Training club and has also benefited much from the companionship of Shadow




Name Shadow
Breed Border Collie
date of birth March 2000
History The youngest of a litter of 8 puppies born to sheep working parents from adjacent farms. The two farmers selected one each to train up as replacement working stock, and his 5 other  brothers and sisters left for local farms, leaving poor little Shadow the last to go.  Much to our delight, and that of Meg, he ended up with us. At least he lives in the warm and dry, and unlike his siblings, he does not have to work for a living, although judging by his intense nature, he would have made an excellent sheep working dog!

Name Taff
Breed Border Collie
date of birth 28th February 2002
History Another bright dog born of sheep working parents, but surplus to the farm's requirements, and with an uncertain future.  He was taken in by the NCDL in Bridgend and has now joined Meg & Shadow as a much loved member of the Bond household.






Tony & the dogs pose near the first of the larger cascades we reach downstream, Scwd Dwilli
Gareth has a turn with the dogs at the next
The dogs got absolutely filthy on this trip! Being mostly white, Meg especially shows this as they pose beneath the same series of falls
Taff Joins in a the same spot
The next two photos show one of the longest of the falls, the first looking upstream, and the second with meg close t the 60 foot drop to the river.
Our progress further down stream, The river at this point drops dramatically down a series of cataracts!
We have joined the Afon Pryddin at it's confluence with the Neath  and walked up to the final destination of today, the Scwd Gwladys. The strength of the vast amounts of water can be discerned by the amount of muddy stained water spoiling the usually snow white colour of the cascade
I have joined the dogs at the same spot
In the final two photos we have crossed the river and are viewing the scene from the viewing platform erected for the "tourists" by the National Park Authority



We hope you have enjoyed our little tribute to the rugged beauty of the Welsh mountains. It can not be emphasised enough that inherent with the solitude and beauty, the Welsh mountains can be a dangerous place for those ill equipped or improperly experienced for such a demanding terrain.

Every trip should be planned out properly and the correct equipment including waterproofs, map. compass, food and hot drinks should be carried. A mobile phone is also a good idea. Even in the easier summer months, a fall could result in a debilitating accident with the potential for serious, even fatal consequences.

Please remember also that the beauty of the area should be respected. Take all your rubbish home and dispose of it properly. Do not remove anything from the area.

Remember: Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints!!

Tony & Sue Bond, Meg and Shadow


Descriptions of the other  mountain trips undertaken by Tony Meg , Shadow & Taff in the Brecon Beacons National Park Links at the foot of this table and in the sliding menu right

Beacons trip 1 Visit to the Carmarthen Fans    The 2800 feet climb up the Fan Brycheiniog (Breconshire peak) past the beautiful Llyn-Y-Fan-Fawr (lake by the big peak). Breathtaking scenery!
Beacons trip 2 Cwm Grwyne Fawr (The large Grwyne  Valley) Visiting the infamous reservoir and dam that the Royal Princes abseiled down that got their "minders" into trouble due to lack of safety gear. We walk on past to the top of Waun Fach mountain. (Little meadow)
Beacons trip 3 Mynydd Pen-Y-Fal  (Sugarloaf mountain) The 2000 feet peak that guards the southern approach to the black mountains and towers over the town of Abergavenny. Wonderful all round vantage point!
Beacons trip 4 Pen-Y-Fan, Corn Ddu and Cribyn The three named peaks are the highest in South Wales and also benefit from being in very close proximity to each other. All three can be visited in one circular hike encompassing what is known as the "inner horse shoe" walk. 
Beacons trip 5 Waterfall Country The area subject of this visit is world renowned  for the fantastic number of waterfalls that surround  the village of Ystradfellte in South Powys.  The two  rivers subject of this trip are the Afon Mellte and  Afon Hepste.  The falls featured are the Sgwd Clun gwyn (white meadow spout) and the Sgwd Yr Eira (spout of snow)
Beacons trip 6 Return to Pen Y Fan Following the disappointment of the low cloud base on the last photo trip, this return visit was made not only in brilliant sunshine, but with the first winter snow adding to the atmosphere of the trip.
Beacons trip 7 Tracing the source of the Usk river Walking up the River Usk to it's source high up in the Carmarthen Fans. Another trip that shows the beauty of the snow covered Beacons at this time of year
Beacons trip 8 Llyn-Y-Fan Fach lake Hike around the mountains that semi circle the 20.000 year old glacial lake believed to be the source of Arthurian legend
Beacons Trip 9 AFON NEDD (river neath} Tony & the dogs in the company of Tony's regular caving partner Gareth Morris decided to visit the area. Tony & Gareth usually end up following underground rivers, so to follow one in the open air is a bit different for them. The best time to visit any "waterfall" country is after a few days of heavy rain. It was on such a day that the 5 of them parked up near the Afon Nedd (River Neath) to begin the journey downstream past the numerous waterfalls to then walk up the Afon Pryddyn to the spectacular Scwd Gwladys. This is the pictorial record of that trip!

Descriptions of the other  mountain trips undertaken by Tony, Meg , Shadow & Taff in other areas of Wales

Twmbarlwm South Wales I live just 1.5 miles from the very distinctive summit of Twmbarlwm mountain. It is not particularly high, just 1500 feet, but the views from it are spectacular. It is also steeped in history,. The local name for it is the "Twmp." (Welsh for tump) This derives from the unmistakable tumulus on it's south eastern side. The original "twmp" is Iron Age in origin, the remains of a Celtic hill fort. The commanding views of the surrounding countryside and the Bristol Channel were also subsequently recognised by the Roman invaders who also had a presence there and the Normans who excavated a huge outer ditch and built a "motte & Bailey" wooden fort on the site.
Pumlumon Fawr Mid Wales Pumlumon Fawr (Plynlimon) and it's associated mountains lie in an area of outstanding beauty and tranquility. It claims fame as the birthplace of two of Wale's longest rivers, the Wye and the Severn. On a lovely autumnal day, we left South Wales early in the morning to arrive at the starting point of our hike at around 0930. It is worth noting that we rejoined the main road after our hike at around 1700, and did not see another human being in all that time.
ALL links below or on the floating menu to the left

links to Brecon Beacons hikes


Links to hikes in other areas

South Wales

Mid Wales


North Wales


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