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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 2864 feet 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 (mountain). They are also the safest routes in poor weather, such as mist, rain and snow or ice.
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  • Myself and my 9 year old daughter visited this beautiful place, It was remarkable, I have walked Pen y fan a few times, but not with my daughter. And she did it, she walked right to the top! (I think ...  more »
  • Located in Brecon Wales a lovely walk to the top and 360° view. Take the path from the car park down the road and take a circular walk back down to the Stowey Arms. That way it's an easier walk as the...  more »
  • A group of friends and myself decided to walk up Pen-y-Fan one Sunday afternoon. It was a particularly cold and misty day making visibility very poor! We couldn't see more than 3 or 4 feet in front of...  more »