Hiking the Brecon Beacons – Pen Y Fan

Pen Y Fan is the highest point in the Brecon Beacons and home to the part of the UK’s SAS training regime. At 886m high Pen Y Fan is a popular destination for walking and hiking in the whole of the Brecon Beacon Range. Here is why you need to complete the hike too!

Traveling to the Brecon Beacons for myself normally takes just over two hours in good traffic conditions, and typically I would park at Pont ar Dar car park. Use postcode LD3 8NL to find the car park. Please get there early as the parking can get pretty full up if you leave it too late! I parked on site at around 8am with a number of spaces already being taken by walkers. Different car parking areas are available down the road so do not fear to begin with!


I followed the typical route up to the summit, following the path on the right-hand side of the car park leading you almost to the top of the Corn Du summit where a path forks left for Corn Du and right for Pen Y Fan. Corn Du is only a short walk away with a small scramble to get to the top it is well worth crossing off the list for a great view of Pen Y Fan, also, the second highest mountain in South Wales.

Incredible views of the surrounding area, including other peaks in the Brecon Beacons range are on view on a clear day, but cracking on, I continued down and up to Pen Y Fan. At least this summit does not require any scrambling on the main path up.


I made it! Top of Pen Y Fan, on the second attempt, I finally managed to get to the top, so it was well worth the walk to take in the breathtaking views of South Wales and the Brecon Beacons

After a rest and photo stop at the summit, I headed down to a nearby lake, Cwm Llwch via Corn Du again, for the last photo stop until I headed back home. The lake has some strange fairytale stories that you need to read up on! https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brecon-beacons/features/the-legendary-lake-of-cwm-llwch for more stories!

Tell me more about your travels to South Wales and the Brecon Beacons if you have ever been!

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