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Fan y Big
719m (2359ft)

The Brecon Beacons Area, The Brecon Beacons, Powys, Wales

Fan y Big was removed from the list of Welsh Hewitts (Welsh Mountains) due to insufficient prominence - August, 2018


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Fan y Big means 'Beacon of the Beak' in Welsh and is pronounced 'van-uh-beeg' (disappointingly for some).

The summit of Fan y Big is marked by a stone slab resembling a diving board.


Record Fan y Big as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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78th highest in Wales,
187th in England & Wales

Fan y Big is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL12
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)


OS Landranger Map 160
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)



Fan y Big is on Peak Bagging Map & Hill Tick List:


You can walk to the top of Fan y Big by using any of these 4 easy to follow route maps:







Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Fan y Big Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Fan y Big

Sion Britton walked up on December 12th, 2020 [from/via/route] Fan y Big o Blaen y Glyn Uchaf. [with] Rhiannon [weather] Showers & Cool.

Marcelle Allman climbed on October 27th, 2019 [from/via/route] The Horseshoe walk

Andy Buxton bagged during May, 2011 [from/via/route] From Neuadd reservoir

Kimberley Gratton hiked on July 22nd, 2019 [from/via/route] Horseshoe Trail - Mountain Mist

Mary Norris has summited [from/via/route] Walk po131, starting from Blaen y Glyn carpark. [with] Sue Davies and Betsie! [weather] Dry, warm & sunny though cool in places. - Fab walk, worth the effort to get to the diving-board!

Andrew Joss conquered on August 27th, 2017 [from/via/route] Pont Ar Daf car park [with] Barbara, Pip, Mick & Benson [weather] Dull then sunny

Lucy Perchard scaled on August 22nd, 2017 [from/via/route] Neuadd Reservoir [with] Mum, Dad and Tony [weather] Overcast & windy; Cribyn, Pen Y Fan & Corn Du in cloud so decided to save them for another day

Dianne Graham walked up on June 8th, 2017 [from/via/route] Upper Car Park near Talybont reservoir [with] Kieran [weather] Mixed. Low cloud, touch of rain.. sun peeking out

Robert Shaw climbed on May 14th, 2010 [from/via/route] Classic horseshoe walk [with] The usual crew [weather] Clear

Rachael Tyler bagged on April 7th, 2017 [from/via/route] Neuadd reservoir [with] Husband [weather] Cloudy at first but glorious by 11 - Fantastic day out shared with the squaddies. Hard slog but well worth it & glad we weren't wearing packs like the lads. A lovely horseshoe / ridge walk.

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

Fan y Big, Cribyn and Pen y Fan from Cefn Cyff

Fan y Big, Cribyn and Pen y Fan from Cefn Cyff

Photo: David Thompson (3)

Cribyn (left) and Fan y Big from Neuadd Reservoir

Cribyn (left) and Fan y Big from Neuadd Reservoir

Photo: Paul Holroyd (34)

Me striding out across Craig Cwmoergwm with Corn Du (centre - distance), Pen y Fan, Cribyn amd Fan y Big (far right).

Me striding out across Craig Cwmoergwm with Corn Du (centre - distance), Pen y Fan, Cribyn amd Fan y Big (far right).

Photo: Steph Burton (2)

Fan y Big, Cribyn and Pen y Fan from Cefn Cyff

Fan y Big, Cribyn and Pen y Fan from Cefn Cyff

Photo: David Thompson (2)

Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big from Craig Cwareli

Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big from Craig Cwareli

Photo: Alex Oldridge (6)

On the summit of Fan y Big

On the summit of Fan y Big

Photo: Jane Thomas (1)

Fan y Big, Cribyn and Pen y Fan from Brecon

Fan y Big, Cribyn and Pen y Fan from Brecon

Photo: David Thompson (1)

The obligatory diving board photo on Fan y Big with Cribyn beyond

The obligatory diving board photo on Fan y Big with Cribyn beyond

Photo: Alex Oldridge (4)

On the summit of Fan y Big

On the summit of Fan y Big

Photo: Alex Oldridge (5)

Cribyn with Pen Y Fan beyond from Fan y Big

Cribyn with Pen Y Fan beyond from Fan y Big

Photo: Paul Holroyd (28)

Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Cribyn, Craig Cwm Sere, Pen y Fan and Corn Du from Fan y Big

Craig Cwm Cynwyn, Cribyn, Craig Cwm Sere, Pen y Fan and Corn Du from Fan y Big

Photo: Jane Thomas (2)


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