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Pen Y Fan Circular Walk is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brecon, Powys, Wales that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 10.6 mi Elevation gain 2,303 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

No shade

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Note: Sections of this trail is CLOSED due to construction work on the reservoir. Please check with the park page for more information. 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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Chris Lockwood
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Erin M.
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A friend took my roommate and I on this trail while we were visiting from Colorado back in February. Relatively easy hike with great views.

Keith Larsen
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Great hike. Early + mid-week to avoid crowds doing Pen-y-fan. Had problems early on as started in dark and couldn’t find route to ridge past Welsh Water construction works at Neuadd Reservoir. There is a ‘pedestrian’ route across river following fence at start of works.

Holly Jay
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Can be very windy on top but amazing views! Worth the climbs.

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David Archer
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Rhys Mclellan
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Dean Aylott
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Tough when wild camping as carrying the kit was back breaking but the route is easy to follow and with fantastic views.

Dan Mallett
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a challenging hike but thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tina Gantley
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Very great and rewarding hike. Bring two waters per person as it’s very long and quite uphill. It’s absolutely beautiful and challenging hike!

Aled Thomas
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Craig Hayes
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The one route is closed due to work happening on the reservoir, and it’s going to be closed for a while. But otherwise great walk. Shame my battery died.

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Liam Gardiner
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really lovely, took 5 hours to complete

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

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

Paul Brigden
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Zoe Golledge
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epic walk.

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Axel Dowle
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Absolutely mint and bloody tough!

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

George Harborne
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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.

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

Sarah Rees
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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.

Sam Wicks
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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!

Graham Pardew
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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

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