A circular hike which allows easy access to Pen y Fan (886 m); the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons and South Wales. A walk through stunning landscapes, surrounded by sheep.
Very busy intinerary in high season.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start the hike from the car park opposite Storey Arms Centre (on the A470, 15-20 minutes from Brecon).
(D) Cross the road, pass the gate and make your way uphill due north-west keeping the forest on your right-hand side.
After thirty odd minutes you'll start to see the Corn Du (873 m), the first peak of the day. However, you'll need to head downhill over 5 m and cross a ford in order to reach it.
(1) From the stream, the slope is steeper but is not difficult (wide track).
(2) Approximately 30 minutes later, you'll come across a large ridge overlooking a vast cirque and the outskirts of Brecon laying at the back of the fields. You can spot a beautiful lake further down to your left, Llyn Cwm Llwch, and to your right, behind Corn Du, Pen y Fan. You'll also notice sheep climbing on impressively steep slopes that would make even ibexes jealous!
The path continues to the right heading south-east up the ridge reaching Corn Du.
(3) At the top of Corn Du, keep going along the ridge due north-east. The trail goes down a few metres reaching a pass then heads up again reaching Pen y Fan.
(4) The view must be breath-taking from Pen y Fan... unfortunately, we were surrounded by fog so didn't get that chance to see it...
(5) You'll get to another pass by an intersection. Follow the main path which heads down the mountain side due south-west. It's a quick descent which leads you to the initial forest to the left.
(6) After crossing a bridge over the stream, you'll get to a car park on the edge of the A470. Head up the track which goes along the forest (north-west) reaching your starting point within a few minutes.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 1453ft
1 : mi 0.89 - alt. 1808ft - Fording stream
2 : mi 1.66 - alt. 2434ft - Ridge
3 : mi 1.9 - alt. 2799ft - Corn Du
4 : mi 2.23 - alt. 2825ft - Pen y Fan
5 : mi 2.77 - alt. 2621ft - Pass
6 : mi 4.12 - alt. 1444ft - Southern car park
D/A : mi 4.65 - alt. 1453ft
No water points.
Beware weather conditions can shift rapidly and wind can get rather strong. Remember to bring warm clothes.
The hike follows a large trail throughout most of the route, but don't forget good hiking boots.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Beautiful landscapes with lots of sheep... but also lots of hikers!
Stunning 360° panoramic view at the top, depending on weather...
The route continues on the west-to-east Brecon Beacons Way, now over halfway to its final destination at Abergavenny Station. This is possibly the most strenuous day's walking as there are a number of climbs, starting with Corn Du and Pen y Fan. However, on a clear day, the views are spectacular.
This Powys walk starts from Cwmgwdi and visits Corn Du passing the monument to the Lost Lad before continuing to Pen y Fan, the highest point in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Continuing, the walk then visits the summits of Cribyn and Fan y Big before returning to the start along the western side of Cwm Cynwyn.
This trail leads you to Sgwd-yr-Eira, Sgwd y Pannwr, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn and Sgwd Clun-Gwyn.
The route goes from YHA to YHA but essentially follows the Brecon Beacons Way going west-to-east. This section goes through a Site of Special Scientific Interest as it passes Llangorse Lake (Lyn Syfaddan). Formed in the Ice Age, it is one of the few naturally eutrophic lakes in Wales and is of national if not international importance.
We're now well into the Brecon Beacons Way and this route begins with a walk through the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu National Nature Reserve, designated to protect its limestone pavements, associated flora and caves beneath. Then it heads north to climb up to Fan Llia and follow the crags over to Storey Arms. It then takes the Taff Trail to YHA Brecon Beacons.
This is a brilliant linear trail in the Brecon Beacons National Park, incorporating many good viewpoints and one extra-special one. It begins in Carmarthenshire near the village of Llandeusant and ends in Powys in the Glyntawe valley, crossing a mountain ridge that beats Pen-y-Fan in my view, but because it's less accessible is less well-known.
The route leaves Llanddeusant and heads into the Black Mountains on the third leg of the Brecon Beacons Way. It's generally a walk south along ridges and mountain tops to finally drop down to the Craig-y-nos Country Park on the Afon Tawe river.
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