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Pen-y-Fan

Brecon beacons, Brecon Beacons National Park CF24 3JW, 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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Pembrokeshire
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

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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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We did the circle hike from Storey Arms up to Corn Du and Pen y Fan, then back down around to the car park just down the road from Storey Arms. It was a pretty steep climb up, but with fabulous views the whole way! There are lots of sheep and we saw one Welsh mountain pony. There's also a... More

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Richmond North Yorkshire.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Excellent with fabulous views. Hard walk for inexperienced, unfit walkers but doable if you take your time.

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York, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

On a Sunday, get there early if you can (before 10am). Free parking at the Pont ar Daf car park will fill quick, but there is ample parking on verges (it appears) and other lay-bys further up the road past the Storey Arms Outdoor Education Centre. Basic toilet facilities at the Pont ar Daf car park with refreshments vans. Would... More

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Porthcawl, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Starting out at the Storey Arms centre, there is a path to the left hand side which is the start of your journey to the first of 2 hikes that's ends at the peak of Pen Y Fan. The path is well marked and even the novices out there would have no problems navigating to the top. This is by... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
33 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

My advice is to get there early as the car park by the Storey Arms fills very fast after 9.00 am at the weekend. The climb takes your breath away but the views at the top are breath taking. A steady climb will get you there via the well maintained path. Well done National Trust! Watch the weather and even... More

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Everything that nature can give a little piece of heaven. Wanted to see the bottle nose dolphins but they were not out to play at the time we arrived. Good reason to go back x

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