GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pen Y Fan Walk

5 miles (8 km)

Climb the highest peak in South Wales and southern Britain on this stunning walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
This is a challenging climb to the 2906 feet (886m) summit but the footpaths are generally very good for most of the walk.
You start at the car park at Pont ar Daf about 10 miles north of Merthyr Tydfil. The first stage passes through woodland and crosses Blaen Taf Fawr before ascending toward Bwlch Duwynt. You continue to Corn Du where there are fabulous views of the Neuadd Valley, Cantref Reservoir, Beacons Reservoir and Llwyn-on Reservoir. Shortly after you reach the summit of Pen Y Fan where you will find a former Bronze Age burial chamber. The views are fantastic with Sugar Loaf, the Bristol Channel,Carmarthen Bay,Swansea Bay, theGower Peninsula, the Black Mountains, theCambrian Mountains and Exmoor all visible on a clear day.
From the summit you descend to Corn Duand then on to the heather covered Y Gyrn. You soon come to a woodland area and the finish point at the car park.
For an alternative route to the summit try the wonderful Pen y Fan Horseshoe Walk. This fantastic ridge walk starts from the car park in Taf Fechan Forest and visits the Upper and Lower Neuadd Reservoirs, Corn Du and the Cribyn.
The Brecon Beacons Way runs past the mountain so you could pick this up to continue your walk. Beacons Reservoir is also very near the start point to the walk so you could enjoy an easy waterside stroll here too.

Pen Y Fan OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Pen Y Fan Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north from the mountain car park and you can visit another highlight of the area at Llyn Cwm Llwch. It's a beautiful place and considered the best preserved glacial lake in South Wales.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Brecon Beacons Walks page.

Photos

Pen y Fan - geograph.org.uk - 764969

This is the path which ascends the hill from the Cefn Cwm Llwch. The nose of Corn Du can be seen on the extreme left. Llyn Cwm Llwch is down to the right.

Summit of Pen-y-Fan - geograph.org.uk - 797061

Summit of Pen-y-Fan, from the ridge route to Cribyn.

The summit of Pen y Fan - geograph.org.uk - 1302912

The summit of the mountain. The stony summit of and its cairn with a view beyond along the northern edge of the National park.

Pen-y-Fan - geograph.org.uk - 802730

Pen-y-Fan from the summit of Cribyn.

Elevation Profile

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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