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Chwarel y Fan
679m (2228ft)

The Black Mountains, The Brecon Beacons, Monmouthshire, Wales

Chwarel y Fan is the highest point in the county of Monmouthshire.

Chwarel y Fan means 'Beacon of the Quarry' in Welsh and is pronounced 'choo-a-rel-ee-van'.

The summit of Chwarel y Fan is marked by a cairn.


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86th highest in Wales,
214th in England & Wales

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107th highest in Wales,
260th in England & Wales

Walk Chwarel y Fan walking UK Mountains in The Black Mountains The Brecon Beacons National Park Monmouthshire    Wales

Chwarel y Fan Summit

Photo: Gareth Leach

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

Mark Davidson walked up on July 14th, 2003 [from/via/route] Walk po116 Black Mountain & Rhos Dirion from Capel-y-ffin [with] Theresa [weather] Warm & sunny - really good walking weather

Sion Britton climbed on December 19th, 2021 [from/via/route] O Maes Parcio Gospel Pass. [with] Solo [weather] Clir/ Oer

Bleddyn Rhys bagged on May 13th, 2017 [from/via/route] Cylch sydyn o Gapel y Ffin i Chwarel y Fan a Twmpa. [with] ar ben fy hyn eto! [weather] Diwrnod braf gyda chydig o wynt. - Charity event ymlaen ryn diwrnod felly lot fawr o bobol ar ben Twmpa. Peint wedyn yn yr hen abaty!

Robert Shaw hiked on May 13th, 2017 [from/via/route] From Llanthony whilst doing the Black Mountain Challenge. [with] Alcester Gents Sports Club [weather] Wet & misty

Alan Smith summited on March 23rd, 2017 [from/via/route] Gospel pass [with] Matthew

Christina Lander conquered on March 18th, 2015 [from/via/route] Capel-y-ffin - Black Mountain (South Top) - Black Mountain - Hay Bluff - Gospel Pass - Twmpa - Rhos Dirion - Twyn Talycefn - Chwarel y Fan - Capel-y-ffin [with] Dick [weather] Dry with sunny spells

Vince Wetton scaled on October 10th, 2014 [from/via/route] Po116 [with] RTM [weather] Sunny with showers - Long but satisfying walk

Robert Taylor-Marriott walked up on October 10th, 2014 [from/via/route] Route 63: South Top, Black Mountain, Twmpa, Rhos Dirion, Chwarel y Fan (CB). [with] Vince Wetton and Robert Taylor-Marriott. [weather] Sunny, cloudy & light rain.

Tim Buckley climbed on September 14th, 2013 [from/via/route] po116. Started from Gospel Pass car park as two lunatic dogs were loose in Capel-y-ffin. [with] Solo walk. [weather] Sunny spells, strong winds at this point - it is quite exposed. - Great summit, well worth the walk. Views of the Bristol Channel & Waun Fach to the west. Trail bikes have cut up the paths considerably from Rhos Dirion to Chwarel y Fan. Reached this point at about 12.30 having set off from the car park at 9.45am.

David Lane bagged on August 14th, 2008 [with] Kelly

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