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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  • This walk is well worth doing. Easy parking makes it very accessible. The path is clear and easy to follow so little risk of getting lost. We did it when there was quite a bit of snow towards the top ...  more »
  • A steep climb to the top of Pen-Y-Fan and not to be taken lightly, it is well worth the hard work though, a truly amazing sight awaits you at the top (I have to say the views on the way up are totally...  more »
  • not for the faint hearted. steep climbing and cold biting winds near the top. amazing views of the valleys below but only when the clouds allowed.  more »
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  • Gorgeous scenery. Perfect place for treks and mountain biking. It does truly compete against lake district and the highland. You can stay in a shed for an overnight stay and there are cottages now and then to stop.
  • Great walk. Amazing scenery. Parking can be a bit of a challenge at times but easy enough to find space. Well worth the visit.
  • This is a lovely walk up the highest peak in South Wales. The peak itself was formed naturally as a bulwark against the glaciers during the last ice age, explaining the scalloped dune like shape of this range when viewed from above. Every visit to this peak is different. Even the colour changes depending on time of year, time of day and weather conditions. I hope you get the chance to see it after a short summer shower. The colours are especially vivid then. For your first time I would start from the Pont at Daf car park and follow the well worn path up. It is busier than the path from the Storey Arms car park, but is a far more manageable challenge and the views are still fantastic. Keep dogs on a lead because there are some sheep up there. Just a reminder that it can be easily 5 degrees colder at the top than the bottom (that’s a big difference). I would allow an hour and a half to two hours for ascent and descent. The difference in height from car park to summit is about 355m. You will probably have to queue to have your photo taken next to the trig point. It is a South Wales rite of passage, that ALL residents must post a photo of themselves next to this particular trig point on their social media. And yes, I have too.
  • 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
  • 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.

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