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Fan Frynych Ridge

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Fan Frynych Ridge
Author: debdwi, Published: 25 Jan 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Powys, Brecon Beacons National Park
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Fan Frynych Ridge
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to beginning of track
Start to beginning of track

Start point: 51.9256 lat, -3.4878 long
End point: 51.9244 lat, -3.4902 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
To the start of the climb to the ridge

Start point: 51.9244 lat, -3.4902 long
End point: 51.8923 lat, -3.5332 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.

You are walking below the long ridge of Fan Frynych to your left. You will pass a crossroads of paths beyond the cottages, simply keep going straight, enjoying views across to the Western Fans to your right.

Take a path forking left through a gate and up to a line of trees on the horizon, beginning your climb up to the ridge.

A climb with views across Fforest Fawr
A climb with views across Fforest Fawr

Start point: 51.8923 lat, -3.5332 long
End point: 51.8872 lat, -3.5355 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.

As the paths swings round, you come to a junction where, to keep rising, you must take a left turn (see picture) and begin the slow walk up to Fan Frynych itself.

To the trig point with views across to Pen-y-Fan
To the trig point with views across to Pen-y-Fan

Start point: 51.8872 lat, -3.5355 long
End point: 51.8966 lat, -3.51 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.

You will pass a cairn masquerading as the trig point, but it will be sometime after that the real trig point appears - white, with the red Welsh Dragon. To continue, walk in a north-easterly direction and you will soon pick up the main path down.

Walking down the ridge
Walking down the ridge

Start point: 51.8966 lat, -3.51 long
End point: 51.9018 lat, -3.503 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
Following the ridge to farmland

Start point: 51.9018 lat, -3.503 long
End point: 51.9075 lat, -3.4934 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.

Follow the ridge until you come to a point where you cannot go forward anymore (and paths split off to either side). There is a farm below. You must take the very narrow path which goes down to the left, immediately next to the fence. Stay by the fence as you go down.

Across farmland to rejoin outward path
Across farmland to rejoin outward path

Start point: 51.9075 lat, -3.4934 long
End point: 51.9167 lat, -3.4984 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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1 responses to "Fan Frynych Ridge"

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

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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