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Pen-y-Fan

Address: Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Owner description: At just under 3,000 feet, this is the highest mountain in South Wales and the jewel in the crown...
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Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Owner description: At just under 3,000 feet, this is the highest mountain in South Wales and the jewel in the crown that is the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Having been here once before and failed to reach the summit due to some dodgy directions, we tried again and thought that climbing it in the site would be fun with the family. We ascended and descended to the left of the building, didn't know there was an easier route, typical :) Started off with great weather, views were mind... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Just spent the weekend in the Brecon Beacons and walked up Pen Y fan on Sunday. Got to the car park around 10.30 am and it was already busy. Walked up the more difficult route to the left of the Storey Arms - snow gradually getting deeper as we ascended - bright blue skies so the views from the summits... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

What a fantastic experience. I totally recommend giving it a go, although it will help if you are reasonably fit! I managed to reach the peaks of Corn Du and Pen y Fan, stop for photos and back down to the car park within 2 hours. Sensible clothing, footwear and plenty of water are essential.

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Truro, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
7 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Having moved from the Lakes to Cornwall, South Wales is now my closest hill walking area. But the BB's are not 'second best' in any way. Varied and challenging walks with Pen y Fan the highlight. My advice - climb it from the Brecon side along the ridges. The day I did it, I had the ridges to myself, although... More 

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Ebbw Vale
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It isn't just the climb to the top of Pen-y-Fan that leaves you gasping for breath, the views of the surrounding area are also breathtakingly beautiful. The mountain centre at Libanus is also very informative and has a nice restaurant as well. You can see Pen-y-Fan from the restaurant patio area , so you can put the climb to the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The nearest classic mountain walk to London! 4 hours drive - M4 and the excellent A467 (the drive up from Merthyr is a classic), park in one of the Storey Arms laybys, and up you go! I've done this twice as an opener on the first day of a holiday. There are several permutations of longer walks involving the rest... More 

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Grantham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Good walking. Not for the faint hearted. Great views. Must be treated with respect. Brecon beacons national park centre worth a visit

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Climbed Pen y Fan 10th December with my partner. He had some mountain climbing experience - I had none. Neither of us are what I would call 'super fit' but both in good health and are regular walkers. We parked at Pont ar Daf which is FREE (Google 'the Storey Arms activity centre' and head for there...if the storey arms... More 

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Porthcawl, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Penyfan itself is the highest peak which can be climbed via a number of routes. On a clear day the views are fantastic, able to see the south coast of Wales and the north coast of Somerset and Devon.

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Hove, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We had a clear sunny day, the walk to the top was not too bad, a very interesting path, the views from the top were glorious.

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