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886m (2908ft)

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Pen y Fan

Photograph by Simon Barnett

19th highest Mountain in Wales
31st highest Mountain in England & Wales

Nuttall
Highest point in The Brecon Beacons & Powys

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OS Explorer (Orange Covers) sheet: OL12
OS Landranger (Pink Covers) sheet: 160
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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Pen y Fan Fellow go4awalkers who have walked up, climbed & bagged Pen y Fan

Emma Morris walked up Pen y Fan on September 13th, 2014 [weather] Cloudy and mild - Done as part of the Mountain Trail Challenge

Mark Hartshorne climbed Pen y Fan on August 15th, 2014 [from/via/route] From Lower Neuadd Reservoir, up onto the Western ridge of the classic horseshoe and then via Corn Du to Pen y Fan. Didn't include Cribyn but descended from Eastern ridge back to Neuadd [with] Sam, Jamie & Flash [weather] Occasionally overcast but also sun and blue patches. Quite windy on top. - First long walk for Jamie which he managed with no difficulty. Saw very few folk during ascent - until we joined the final push to Corn Du where we joined loads coming/going from Storey Arms.

Tricia David bagged Pen y Fan during November, 2012 [from/via/route] M4 path [weather] Dry and bright but cold

Leon Harvey hiked Pen y Fan on June 15th, 1990 [from/via/route] ? [with] DAD112 (work) [weather] Warm

Robert Taylor-Marriott summited Pen y Fan on September 17th, 2011 [weather] Fair

Andy Richards walked up Pen y Fan on August 24th, 2012 [from/via/route] from the north at Nant Cym Llwch [with] Becky and our woofers Rover & Guiness [weather] sunny at start, A bit misty near the top, and one heavy shower on the top of Pen-y-fan

Alan Smith climbed Pen y Fan on June 21st, 2014 [from/via/route] Ccircular walk from forestry comm car park. 4 peaks [with] Martin [weather] Sunny

Wyn Griffiths bagged Pen y Fan on September 6th, 2011 [from/via/route] Cwm Llwch [weather] Dry, Sunny, & windy

Lesley Legge hiked Pen y Fan on April 12th, 2014 [from/via/route] Storey Arma [with] Joanne Bartlett [weather] Cold but sunny

Tim Buckley summited Pen y Fan on December 29th, 2013 [from/via/route] From Storey Arms, left hand path via Corn Du [with] Esther [weather] Cold and clear, snow and ice on the ground at high levels - Lost count of the times I've been up Pen y fan, always busy. Great when snow is on the ground and clear skies. Always surprsing to see a couple of ice climbers appear over the lip of the plateau!

Pauline Styles walked up Pen y Fan on October 4th, 2013 [from/via/route] the south [with] Richard, Ruth and Alastair Gabriel, and Sara Lowrie [weather] Pouring Rain All Day - Fording the streams and coming down in a river were challenging, but we all felt we'd achieved a lot, even though we had no view!

Kenneth Mellor climbed Pen y Fan during 2005 [from/via/route] Dunno [with] On my ownsome [weather] V Good

Tracy Lewis bagged Pen y Fan on August 13th, 2013 [from/via/route] Pont yr Daf [with] Erfyl and Ruby - Did it the same day as Corn du.

Jason Johnston hiked Pen y Fan on June 22nd, 2013 [from/via/route] Breacon Horse [with] Rebecca Fisher [weather] Sunny - very

Nick Fox summited Pen y Fan on January 1st, 2010 [from/via/route] youth hostel

Glenn Radford walked up Pen y Fan on August 24th, 2012 [from/via/route] po100 [with] Christine [weather] Sunny strong wind

John Tippins climbed Pen y Fan on September 30th, 2012 [with] just me [weather] thick mist

Keith Bezant bagged Pen y Fan on April 7th, 2013 [from/via/route] Storey Arms [with] solo [weather] Very windy with snow from a quarter of the way up - very slippery first part of descent

Iain Jones hiked Pen y Fan on November 12th, 2011 [from/via/route] Cwmgwdi [with] Nick Cockayne & Neil Biddle - 27 December 2011 - walked from The Storey Arms; 01 January 2013 - walked from Cwmgwdi

Andrew Heath summited Pen y Fan during July, 2011 [with] Karen Wendy gary

Alan Macmillan walked up Pen y Fan on October 11th, 2012 [from/via/route] usual simple routes + whole horseshoe [with] ash and dave [weather] all - done this about a dozen times in '12.

Vince Wetton climbed Pen y Fan on September 17th, 2011 [with] Alone [weather] Bright + Sunny

Steve Gilmore bagged Pen y Fan on August 9th, 2012 [with] Steve Taylor [weather] sunny

Stephen Reader hiked Pen y Fan on October 13th, 2012 [from/via/route] Storey Arms [with] Bev and Matthew [weather] Good with poor visibility at the t

Des Middlemass summited Pen y Fan on August 26th, 2012 [from/via/route] from sports centre, via Corn Du [with] family [weather] sunny

Jacqueline Debbie Tonks walked up Pen y Fan during May, 2012 [weather] sunny and warm - good clear views

Simon Neilson-Clark climbed Pen y Fan during 2011 [from/via/route] Reservoir circuit with Fan y Big Cribyn etc [with] Mrs H [weather] Overcast but clear - You can see Pen y Fan from away and it is busy. Also much longer on the approach ridge which has great views

James Penkethman bagged Pen y Fan on September 13th, 2010 [from/via/route] From Storey Arms via Corn Du [weather] Rained all day, terrible visibility - Only saw one other person on the mountains!!

Peter Rockell hiked Pen y Fan on May 20th, 2012 [from/via/route] From the Storey Arms Centre, straight up Corn Du, across to Pen-y-Fan and back around the peak of Corn Du to the start. [with] The Three Geeks Mark Osborne and Carl Newell [weather] Thick fog/very low cloud, visibility was down to about 5m in places

Christine Knowles walked up, climbed & bagged Pen y Fan during March, 2011 [with] Graham, Sheila and Jeff [weather] OK to start, then rain and hail

Bay Wan walked up Pen y Fan on April 30th, 2011 [from/via/route] Not sure, east side [with] Cocoa Puppy and Kira dog [weather] Sunny - 1st big hike with Cocoa

Stephen Mcvey climbed Pen y Fan on January 12th, 2012 [from/via/route] Storey Arms [weather] rain, fog

David Grant bagged Pen y Fan on May 16th, 1980 [weather] Sunny

Aileen Robinson hiked Pen y Fan during March, 2000 [with] Joy, Paddy, Joe [weather] Sunny, clear - fanatastic

Mark Davidson summited Pen y Fan on October 21st, 2004 [from/via/route] Lower Neuadd Reservoir [with] Theresa [weather] Rain and Mist!

Andy James, Paul Donoghue, Andrew Buxton, Mark Hall, Victoria Bates, Immacolata Pescatore, Kate Havard, Francoise Gamble, Louise Sandwith, David Price, Ian Thomas, Dave Milner, Keith Brockwell, Martin Smith, Richard Penney, Anthony Charlson, Matthew Thomas, Ray O'Hara and Doug Jeffries have also all walked, climbed & bagged Pen y Fan.

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Pen y Fan

. . . in no particular order

Pen y Fan and Cribyn from near Neuadd Reservoir

1. Pen y Fan and Cribyn from near Neuadd Reservoir
Photo: Barry Lugg (22)

Panoramic picture on, of or from Pen y Fan

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2. Corn Du and the Brecon Beacons from the summit of Pen y Fan just after sunset
Photo: Caroline Swain (2)

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Pen y Fan (left) and Corn Du from the top of Craig Cerrig-gleisiad

3. Pen y Fan (left) and Corn Du from the top of Craig Cerrig-gleisiad
Photo: Angela Magee (1)

Rush hour on Pen y Fan

4. Rush hour on Pen y Fan
Photo: Krzysztof Ciebien (13)

On a snowy Pen y Fan

5. On a snowy Pen y Fan
Photo: Terry Williamson (1)

Descending Pen y Fan

6. Descending Pen y Fan
Photo: Krzysztof Ciebien (30)

Me at the top of Pen y Fan

7. Me at the top of Pen y Fan
Photo: Tim Williams (3)

My daughter Ffion (aged 8) on the way back down from Pen y Fan

8. My daughter Ffion (aged 8) on the way back down from Pen y Fan
Photo: Kieron Dunning (2)

Cribyn and Craig Cwm Sere from Pen y Fan

9. Cribyn and Craig Cwm Sere from Pen y Fan
Photo: Drewe Hartles (1)

Cribyn from Pen y Fan

10. Cribyn from Pen y Fan
Photo: Joanne Lucas (5)


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You can walk or hike Pen y Fan with any of these 8 route maps:

Walk po101 Pen y Fan from Pont ar Daf

Route Summary: - Pont Ar Daf Car Park, Blaen Taf Fawr, Bwlch Duwynt, Pen y Fan, Craig Cwm Llwch, Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Bwlch Duwynt, Blaen Taf Fawr, Pont Ar Daf Car Park.

Length: 6.25km (4 miles) | Ascent: 487m (1736ft) | Allow at least: 3.25hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk po158 Pen y Fan from The Storey Arms Outdoor Centre

Route Summary: - The Storey Arms Outdoor Centre, Y Gyrn, Tommy Jones Obelisk, Craig Cwm Llwch, Corn Du, Pen y Fan, (Penyfan), Bwlch Duwynt, Claen Taf Fawr, The Storey Arms Outdoor Centre.

Length: 8.5km (5.25 miles) | Ascent: 529m (1736ft) | Allow at least: 3.75hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk po107 Y Garn and Pen y Fan from The Storey Arms Outdoor Centre

Route Summary: - The Storey Arms Outdoor Centre, Y Gyrn, Tommy Jones Obelisk, Craig Cwm Llwch, Corn Du, Pen y Fan, (Penyfan), Bwlch Duwynt, Claen Taf Fawr, The Storey Arms Outdoor Centre.

Length: 8.5km (5.25 miles) | Ascent: 529m (1736ft) | Allow at least: 3.75hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk po104 Pen y Fan and Cribyn from Nant Gwdi

Route Summary: - Nant Gwdi, Cefn Cwm Llwch, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Pen y Fan, (Penyfan), Craig Cwm Sere, Cribyn, Bryn-teg, Pant, Plas-y-gaer, Nant Gwdi.

Length: 11km (7 miles) | Ascent: 801m (2629ft) | Allow at least: 5.25hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk po136 Corn Du and Pen y Fan from Nant Cwm Llwch near Brecon

Route Summary: - Nant Cwm Llwch, Brecon, Llyn Cwm Llwch, Tommy Jones Obelisk, Craig Cwm Llwch, Corn Du, Pen y Fan, (Penyfan), Cefn Cwm Llwch, Pont Rhydybetws, Nant Cwm Llwch.

Length: 11km (7 miles) | Ascent: 697m (2288ft) | Allow at least: 5hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk po100 Pen y Fan from Neuadd Reservoir

Route Summary: - Lower Neuadd Reservoir, Bwlch ar y Fan, Cribyn, Pen y Fan, (Penyfan), Corn Du, Craig Gwaum-taf, Graig Fan Ddu, Lower Neuadd Reservoir.

Length: 13.5km (8.5 miles) | Ascent: 732m (2402ft) | Allow at least: 5.5hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk po127 Fan y Big, Cribyn, Pen y Fan and Corn Du from Neuadd Reservoir

Route Summary: - Lower Neuadd Reservoir, Bwlch ar y Fan, Fan y Big, Cribyn, Pen y Fan, (Penyfan), Corn Du, Craig Gwaum-taf, Graig Fan Ddu, Lower Neuadd Reservoir.

Length: 16km (10 miles) | Ascent: 869m (2850ft) | Allow at least: 6.5hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Hard


Walk po169 Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big from Nant Cwm Llwch nr Brecon

Route Summary: - Nant Cwm Llwch, Brecon, Llyn Cwm Llwch, Tommy Jones Obelisk, Craig Cwm Llwch, Corn Du, Pen y Fan, (Penyfan), Craig Cwm Sere, Cribyn, Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Fan y Big, Bailea, Afon Cynrig, Pant, Plas-y-gaer, Nant Gwdi, Pont Rhydybetws, Nant Cwm Llwch.

Length: 17km (10.5 miles) | Ascent: 992m (3256ft) | Allow at least: 7.25hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Hard




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