A Mini Welsh Adventure
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Being London based we are always looking for mini, easily achievable adventures that we can fit into a weekend. Of course getting away to far away lands makes for an exciting experience but that’s of course not always possible and with the UK boasting so much natural beauty you don’t always need to look to foreign shores for a travel adventure.
That’s why when Canon asked us to try out the new PowerShot SX740 HS we knew exactly what to do - a mini adventure beckoned! The challenge was simple, find the nearest mountain to London, drive there and climb it… and all by lunchtime. Some light speed research revealed that that mountain was Pen-Y-Fan, a 886m mountain in Wales’ Brecon Beacons. A 3 hour drive from south west London, it was the perfect way to escape the routine of the city and get out into nature.
An early start:
In order to complete our mini adventure we wanted to fit the entire experience into 36 hours which meant a slightly testing 6am start from London. Although not the most appealing time to start the weekend it meant that we were in Wales ready to start our ascent ups the mountain by 9.30, meaning we could make full use of the weekend.
Much to our excitement, as we arrived we realised that, it being January, it had snowed overnight and the top of the mountain was covered in a layer of brilliant white. Armed with thermos’ of tea and our PowerShot SX740 HS we set off on the hour long hike to the top. The first thing that struck us about the camera was it’s size, small enough to fit snuggly into a pocket, it’s compact size meant that taking in up a mountain was absolutely no extra hassle. And then we began to use it, surrounded by the beautiful mountainous landscape of the Beacons we were in a travel photographers heaven and the Canon did not disappoint. 20.3 megapixel photos in ultra 4k definition meant that we could capture our surroundings perfectly.
That evening we stayed in the beautiful Hay-On-Wye, a small historic market town that has earned a reputation for being a hub of creative culture and home to dozens of beautiful bookshops. For over 40 years the book sellers of Hay have been sourcing and selling books from all over the world making it totally unique and in many ways the book capital of the UK. Therefore, the following morning we set about exploring several of the town’s most historic bookshops and testing the Powershot’s ability to shoot close up and it did not disappoint. After two hours of capturing the tiny details of the book shops and chatting to the locals it was time to head home in order to complete the mini adventure in 36 hours.
A completely different way to spend a weekend, packed with adventure, fresh air and photography. We arrived home refreshed and excited to start planning our next micro-adventure!