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Pen-y-Fan

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
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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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Breath taking scenery, and definitely a walk that will provide a bit of challenge. Although quite busy, there is never a sense of too many people, in fact lovely to see so many people enjoying such a beautiful setting.

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Reading, UK
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Four hour drive from London on a good day, Brecon Beacons are an ideal weekend destination. On a good day the views are stunning from the top of Pen y Fan. Weatherproof clothes are essential as it gets quite wet and windy on the top of the mountain. I was amazed to see babies and young toddlers accompanying their parents.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

Exhilarating walk. Hard and long but the views are amazing. Shame about the weather turning drizzly, but well worth giving it a go.

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Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Decided to try out pen y fan walk as have wanted to do it for a while. Enjoyed it even though was steeper than I thought but doable. Lovely views along the way unfortunately was cloudy at the top so didn't get to experience the view. Really enjoyed the walk and is a nice day out. Took less than 2.5hrs... More

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56 reviews 56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Penyfan situated on the A470 North of Merthyr Tydfil on the way to Brecon.Car parking is at The Storey Arms Youth Hostel at the bottom of climb.There are two main climbs to the 900 metres(just under 3000 feet)summit from the A470. Firstly,the more difficult and stiffer climb starting just north of the youth hostel and the easier more gradual climb... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a great climb and views are fantastic. Easy to access from the road and walk is relatively short. I have been there on Saturday noon and this is probably a time to avoid if you want some quit time - the road uphill was very busy with climbers. Do it in the morning and you will enjoy it... More

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Pembrokeshire
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

What's not to like about Penyfan? There is an easy, wide, safe path to the top. I walked up here a while ago and it took about 90 mins of steady walking.

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Newport,Gwent,UK.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Like many North Wales climbs,--this is another short and sharp one.It will take an hour of steady slog .Unpleasant if it's wet,--so pick a dry day.This is used by the S.A.S.as a training run,to a set time schedule.The views are great ,so a clear day is more beneficial,especially for photographs. Hope to take my grandchildren up one day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Went to the Brecon Beacons for a family party on the 12th September 2014. Four of us decided to complete the full Fan Dance and believe me it is not for the faint hearted. The climb from the Storey Arms to the first peak of Corn Du took 50 minutes and was the toughest walk I have ever done. Just... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

Parked opposite story arms but after advise from the burger lady, decided to take the easier route. So we crossed the road over to pont ar daf car park and started our treck on the path up the mountain, even from the start the scenery was fab. We did puff and pant on the way up, and took an hour... More

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