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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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  • We started the climb at Pon at Darf carpark around noon. We were lucky to have gotten a parking lot. The rest of the cars have all parked in a long stretch along both sides of the road outside. The hi...  more »
  • Took the ridge line walk route but in reverse too what most people were doing. A lot of people seem to take the long gradual walk up towards the pen y fan then walk along the ridge to have a steep dec...  more »
  • Walked up here in April 17 with two children (8 & 11). Good steady pace, not for those who don't like a little bit of climbing steeper. Nice paths to use in order to prevent erosion. Watch out for peo...  more »