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Pen y Fan

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Pen y Fan
Author: DebbieK, Published: 18 May 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1  Pen y Fan Walking Guidestar1  Pen y Fan Walking Guidestar1  Pen y Fan Walking Guidestar1  Pen y Fan Walking Guidestar0  Pen y Fan Walking Guide
Walk Type: Mountains
Pen y Fan
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot  Pen y Fan Walking Guide boot  Pen y Fan Walking Guide boot  Pen y Fan Walking Guide boot  Pen y Fan Walking Guide
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Pen y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales and southern Britain situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
This is a challenging walk observing mountain scenery across Pen y Fan. There are clear paths marked all the way through this famous walk which has been featured on a number of television programmes. The mountain is also used by the military as part of the selection process of the UK’s special forces personnel.

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 lay by style car park can be located on the left hand side of the A470, shortly after passing the Storey Arms Outdoor Centre on the right. Approximate postcode: LD3 8NL

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Walk Sections

Start to The Peak
Start to The Peak

Start point: 51.8726 lat, -3.4865 long
End point: 51.8779 lat, -3.4467 long

Leave the car park and walk back towards the Storey Arms outdoor centre. As you progress up the incline you will see the gate to the start of the walk opposite you. Walk through this gate and take the stony path up the incline.
Continue along the path as it reaches a plateau and then continue to follow the path as it descends on the other side of the hill.
At the bottom of the hill, pass over a small brook before you begin a steep incline. At this point make sure you stop part way (you will probably need to!!) to take in the amazing views.
Continue up the path as it gets steeper to the summit.
Take a well deserved rest at the top! Take in the amazing views of the tarn to your right.

The Peak to End
The Peak to End

Start point: 51.8779 lat, -3.4467 long
End point: 51.8728 lat, -3.4845 long

From the summit, take the right hand pathway which skims along the top of the mountain before you begin the descent.
Continue to follow the path back down until you reach a small river at the bottom of the mountain. Cross over the bridge to a small road running parallel with the A470. Turn right, towards the Storey Arms Outdoor centre. On this road you will find a small toilet block and a refreshments cabin serving drinks and a variety of warm and cold snacks.
Continue down the A470 back to the car.

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1 comments for "Pen y Fan"

This walk only goes as far as Corn Du. Pen y Fan is a short walk further on.

By charliec on 24 Aug 2016

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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