Pen-y-Fan, Brecon Beacons National Park

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Pen y Fan is the highest peak in south Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. At 886m above sea-level, it is also the highest British peak south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia. The twin summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du at 873 m (2,864 ft) were formerly referred to as Cadair Arthur or 'Arthur's Seat'.The mountain and surrounding area are owned by the National Trust whose work parties attempt to combat the erosion caused by the passage of thousands of feet up and down this most popular of South Wales' peaks. The mountain is used by the military as part of the selection process of the UK's Special Forces personnel. Three soldiers who died after collapsing in the field in July 2013 were believed to have been climbing the mountain (see "Fan Dance") while undergoing Special Air Service selection.AccessThe peak is a major objective in the Beacons Way, a long distance footpath which passes from east to west across the massif.The peak also features in many walks, charity runs as well as being popular with the public for its ease of access via a well made and evenly graded footpath from the Storey Arms on the main road A470 some 1500 feet below. The entire range is open to all walkers and ramblers, although the well engineered paths form the best ways across the peaks, especially on the steep slopes behind the main peak and across to Cribyn. They are also the safest routes in poor weather, such as mist, rain and snow or ice.
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  • Having walked this route more time than I care to admit I felt that it about time that I shared my experiences. Depending upon your walking experience this route can be completed within 2-4 hours and ...  more »
  • Having walked up without the children previously my wife and I decided it would be a good walk to do with everyone. We did not do the circle route instead we walked up and down the main path known as ...  more »
  • I whent with my cousins and it was very adventurious there is wild horses and sheep but it was very windy as you go up higher so i recomend dont take children under 7 but i loved it  more »
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  • Free parking, minivans with ice creams or hot dogs. Very nice path, if you have a mountain bike you could cycle on it really. And of course, amazing views! Beautiful scenery. I really enjoyed it.
  • Loved it. Great place. Many different routes to the peak. Take the busy walked route known as the motorway if you are taking the family otherwise go from the red telephone box (only if you are semi fit though and have acclimatised 😂). Great sense of achievement and amazing views
  • Beautiful place for a walk, and quite a decent one if you fancy reaching the summit. The surrounding scenery is fantastic and it’s an impressive place to walk, rain, snow or shine. I’ve revisited myself several times since first walking it on a school trip.
  • Highest peak in the southern U.K. with some beautiful views. Easily accessible for people of most fitness levels, many routes up, very busy during weekends and holidays.
  • A good walk and well maintained pathways and routes. Nice views on a good day! Not quite the north though, eh...

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