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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  • August 18, 2017
    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 »
  • August 17, 2017
    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 »
  • August 16, 2017
    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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