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|Fan Frynych Ridge|
|Author: debdwi, Published: 25 Jan 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Powys, Brecon Beacons National Park|
|This walk, from the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre (Mountain Centre) near Libanus, gives superb views of both the western Fans, Fforest Fawr and the Central Beacons. It probably gives the best views of Pen-y-Fan and Corn Ddu on offer. It even shows the northern slopes of the Black Mountains stretching away to Hay Bluff. |
The Brecon Beacons is a very remote/exposed area and it can be easy to lose your way, so remember the usual walking rules: be prepared with a paper map and compass as well as snacks/drinks and appropriate clothing/footwear. The steepest part of the climb is surprisingly short and then becomes a fairly gentle incline up to the summit of Fan Frynych. It is best done on a clear day when the wind on the summits is less than about 15mph. We suggest walking boots - for any boggy bits. There is no rocky walking involved as the walk is across track, moorland and some farmland at the end. There are a few stiles near the end and there can also be livestock in the fields.
From the A470 at Libanus, turn towards the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre as indicated by a brown information road sign. Parking at the Centre is £2.50 for the whole day (correct Jan 2015). Here there is a cafe and shop as well as an exhibition about the Brecon Beacons. Approximate post code LD3 8ER.
|Start to beginning of track|
Start point: 51.9256 lat, -3.4878 long
Turn left out of the car park, the way you drove in. At the first junction, cross the road to continue straight ahead along the track facing you.
|To the start of the climb to the ridge|
Start point: 51.9244 lat, -3.4902 long
Keep walking straight on, eventually going through a gate and crossing the A4215. At some cottages, where the now metalled road bears right, continue straight ahead down a track.
|A climb with views across Fforest Fawr|
Start point: 51.8923 lat, -3.5332 long
Follow the track up to the trees and round to the left as it climbs. To the south-west you have views into Blaen Senni - the source of the River Senni - with Fan Nedd and Fan Gyhirych above. This is the Fforest Fawr section of the National Park above the village of Ysradfellte, alongside the deep gorges of Waterfall Country.
|To the trig point with views across to Pen-y-Fan|
Start point: 51.8872 lat, -3.5355 long
The path keeps rising, but with a fairly gentle incline, with views opening up across to the Central Beacons on your right. On a clear day, there are stunning views of Corn Ddu and Pen-y-Fan.
|Walking down the ridge|
Start point: 51.8966 lat, -3.51 long
Follow the track ahead and down until the main path turns left to go off the side of the ridge. Do NOT follow this, instead go through a small gate to continue following the ridge.
|Following the ridge to farmland|
Start point: 51.9018 lat, -3.503 long
This part of the ridge is beautifully open and airy as it points towards the town of Brecon. There are continual views of the valley (which contains the virtually unseen A470) and the Central Beacons rising high on the far side.
|Across farmland to rejoin outward path|
Start point: 51.9075 lat, -3.4934 long
Follow the footpath which leads you across two stiles to reach the A4215. Cross the road and take another stile on the other side of the road. Stay on the footpath (which is well-signed) as it leads you through five fields to reach the track you walked on the outward journey. Turn right and follow this back to the Visitor Centre where the walk began.
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Lovely walk. Gentle ascent and wonderful views. Lost our way slightly coming down but manage to get on track again.
|By berthasaayma on 2015-10-05 03:32:28|
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