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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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  • I walked with the 10 ladies and one gent on a dry but cloudy Monday in June. We walk together every Monday so were up for the challenge of climbing Penyfan. The path was steep but well defined. The vi...  more »
  • We were 10 Ladies and 1 Gentleman who went up "Penyfan" and down "Penyfan" this morning. We all walk regularly (as a Group) in the Pontardawe area and decided that we wanted to challege ourselves clim...  more »
  • Having always wanted to do this got a chance on a recent break - having hiked a circular waterfall walk the day before I was really looking forward to the challenge. As we approached the car park near...  more »

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