Pen Y Fan Circular Walk

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Pen Y Fan Circular Walk is a 17.1 kilometer loop trail located near Brecon, Powys, Wales that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 17.1 km Elevation Gain: 702 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

scramble

snow

Pen y Fan is one of the most popular peaks in the Brecon Beacons National Park, and you have some options for customizing your hike. To hike the route shown here, park in the Owl’s Grove car park and cross the road into Taf Fechan Forest. Take the bridge across the stream and then make a left along the river. You will cross a stone bridge and then come to a fork. Take the trail on your right (it is a bit more rugged) and you will merge with Taff Trail. Your hike gains elevation as you hike up and out of the trees and into the vast open moorland. You will see the Lower Neuadd Reservoir and the Brecon Beacons horseshoe ridgeline. The highest point in this area is the Pen Y Fan. You will eventually make a left so that you walk behind Cribyn. You remain on the Taff Trail and climb to the summit of Pen y Fan. The views from this point are the main attraction of this hike (and you will likely see others if you go on a clear day). On cloudy days, this may not be the best choice for a hike as you will miss out on the incredible views. To complete the loop, hike back down towards Nueadd Reservoir. You will re-enter the forest, and emerge at the lower reservoir. Locate the small building and walk behind it until you see the much larger building. Walk in front of this larger building, pass through a gate and then walk on a narrower road until you can reunite with the Taff Trail. You will notice that the bottom part of our route here does not return quite the way you came. This is to allow for a detour to the The Old Barn Tea Room where you can stop for some coffee or tea.

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13 days ago

really lovely, took 5 hours to complete

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26 days ago

Great hike with a steep rocky ascent. After this though the trail is much easier. Saw lots of wild ponies at dusk

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1 month ago

Challenging but super rewarding walk! If you’re lucky you ll see wild ponies too

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no shade
2 months ago

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2 months ago

epic walk.

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2 months ago

Absolutely mint and bloody tough!

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rocky
2 months ago

really nice walk. Took us 4h 40 minutes to complete the trail. really great views. May get quite windy o. the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic walk. I'm a beginner and found sections of the walk challenging, but more seasoned walkers with stronger legs didn't find it too difficult. Beautiful views from the summit.

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3 months ago

awesome hike my dog and i loved it, stunning views as always, took us only 4hrs with food stop, expected longer

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4 months ago

Did this walk in 2017 and going to do it again this weekend, weather permitting. Time to dust off the hiking boots and get back to it after a lazy winter. Lovely walk which takes around 5 hours for the full loop.

4 months ago

Great walk with beautiful views, it can be very windy at the top if even the slightest breeze at the car park. Nice woodland and a stream with waterdall close to the car park for a picnic too!

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4 months ago

bad winds and rain forced us to turn around half way, but previous week did full loop including fan y big due to amazing weather. No time for heroics today

5 months ago

Got caught with my trousers down, no cover for dogging. Views are tidy enough.

6 months ago

A regular trail run route (minus Cribyn!). The best way to walk the central Brecon Beacons.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Has a bit of every thing took me approx 3 hours to complete with a mix of trail running and walking

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I have done this route many times and it is great! Once the initial incline up to ridge is complete the walk along the ridge is straightforward with excellent views across the valley! The climb upto penyfan is fine too and the descent the other side is a bit steep! The climb up to the Cribyn is steep but straightforward. Once you ascend from there the walk down the RomanRoad is easy! I love this route!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Very nice.. It took 6 hours to finish.. Not for beginners...

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