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Pen y Fan is a 5.3 mile loop trail located near Brecon, Powys, Wales that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 1,788 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Running River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Getting There

Pen y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales and southern Britain situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. This is a challenging walk observing mountain scenery across Pen y Fan. There are clear paths marked all the way through this famous walk which has been featured on a number of television programmes. The mountain is also used by the military as part of the selection process of the UK's special forces personnel. The Brecon Beacons is a very remote/exposed area and it can be easy to lose your way, so remember the usual walking rules: be prepared with a paper map and compass as well as snacks/drinks and appropriate clothing/footwear.

The lay by style car park can be located on the left hand side of the A470, shortly after passing the Storey Arms Outdoor Centre on the right. Approximate postcode: LD3 8NL

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Jamie Fletcher
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

I did this hike on Sunday in glorious sunny weather. It started off cold and gradually through the day it warmed up. At the top it was windy and colder but generally throughout the day we was removing layers and putting them back on. On the way down it really did warm up. It was a brilliant hike and one of the favourite. The views were incredible in the clear conditions. One of the bits going up it was very steep and tough. So when we got to the top there was a real sense of achievement. Had picnic on the top Corn Du and the went across to Pen Y Fan. Had to have picture at the top with a small queue with I went in a few times to get the right one. We the had a great descent with the great views and got many photos. Loved the hike! 5/5

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Joel deans
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Hiking

great hike views are amazing this route is a hard push at the end but worth every minute

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Vicki Fox
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Walking

It’s a great walk with with 2 steep parts. I’m so delighted we decided to walk this route as it was a little less busy then others. I’d rate it as moderate rather than hard personally but still a great walk with fab views when there was a break in the clouds. I was shocked to see the amount of family’s heading up in just a jumper and no waterproof coats. The weather changes fast and we were pelted with rain and high winds. Waterproofs are a must and check weather warnings before you head out.

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Ali-Ann Harrington
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HikingGreat!

We climbed this on a foggy day and although we didn't get the expected views, watching the clouds over the mountain tops was pretty special. We hit Corn Ddu first and really enjoyed this route with a softer walk on the way back down. The walk quickly gets steep as soon as you have walked through the gate, as well as pretty steep on to the summit but the path is very good, so it's doesn't pose any technical difficulties. We climbed with a 9-year-old who really loved the route and saw plenty of other children too, there's enough variation to keep occupied and a big sense of achievement at the top. Very pleased we decided to complete the walk despite the initial worry of visibility.

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Dan Ashcroft
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HikingGreat!No shade

There isn’t much to be said that hasn’t been said about this trail. Great route for a hard 3-4 hours. Heavily recommend taking the steeper path up with the additional climb, hitting Corn Ddu first. It’s a lot quieter and more challenging. In possibly the silliest move I’ve made in my short hiking time, I made the decision to carry my 17kg daughter up in my Osprey Carrier. Absolutely nails - but possibly one of the biggest accomplishments I’ve done. Not for the faint hearted, but worth trying for the adventurous amongst you.

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Ellie Blackmore
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Hiking

Easy hike with beautiful views at the top

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Olivia Wall
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Hiking

First hike we completed whilst visiting the UK- the views were incredible, a beautiful experience.

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Austin Steelman
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Hiking

Tough little hike. Worth the climb though. Should hit Pen y Fan after Corn Du.

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Robert Mann
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Richard Stephens
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Hiking

This trail/loop is very well maintained and was very busy on the day we hiked. I have completed this loop numerous times and this was the busiest I have ever seen the trail. The entire loop is a very well maintained so footing is not an issue. Whether you start at Storey Arms or the other trail head you will go up between 1,500-1,800 feet at a constant grade for about 2-miles. I would consider this a moderate hike because of the well maintained trail. Always be prepared for poor weather. Even on the day we hiked which had wonderful weather, the conditions on top were breezy and we all needed that extra layer we carried.

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Olivia George
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning and well worth the effort.

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Michael Horricks
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Hiking

Excellent.

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Charlie Cornish
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First to Review

This walk only goes as far as Corn Du. Pen y Fan is a short walk further on.

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Mason Hamilton
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Callum Turner
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Ryota Tomioka
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wojciech kaszycki
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Stefan Dubbeldam
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Benjamin Bentley
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Nicola Hawkes
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Kenya Mitsui
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Ian Griffiths
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Rich Duffy
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Neil Hurds
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Phil Dudek
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Julien Johann
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