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Pen-y-Fan

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Address: Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
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At just under 3,000 feet, this is the highest mountain in South Wales and...

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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First time here - Great day exploring

We planned our first trip to Pen-y-Fan for a Saturday, so it was fairly busy, and the car parks were packed. (One main car park with toilets and a food stand at the base, another... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Dartford, United Kingdom
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Dartford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We planned our first trip to Pen-y-Fan for a Saturday, so it was fairly busy, and the car parks were packed. (One main car park with toilets and a food stand at the base, another car park further along) It was cold, wet and muddy when we went, but we were prepared with walking boots, good clothing and lunch. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went today for the first time. I have to say the views are amazing. However get half way up and down to the weather it was just cloud right up to the top. There was snow though so that made up for it. I didn't mind though as I still liked the challenge. I wrapped up in proper gear, and... More 

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Thank Alex J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My first trip. Lovely trek up. There's no harm stopping for short breaks to catch you breath or to just take in the view. The view is certainly worth it. I've never climbed before and got up rather easily. It's a must do! I can't beleive it's so close to home!!!

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Thank SuperSuma
south wales
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good parking - (free) and access to the 'mountain'. Well made paths to the top. Gradient are pretty consistent and walk took us about 2 hours round trip. Views are stunning at the top where there is a few metres of relatively easy scrambling right at the top. Views are exceptional.

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Thank bitofatit
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent place for a strenuous yet rewarding walk (on a clear day) there are several points you can chose to start your accent to Pen Y Fan with different difficulty levels but if it's your first time I would start from the Port Ar Daf car park so you have an idea of difficulty. I've been to the summit... More 

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Thank Simoncardiff
Newbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked up recently after some snow and it was wonderful. The view from the top is fantastic especially in the snow. It was well worth the effort. Please note on weekends, sunny and snowy days it can be difficult to find a parking space so go early

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Thank Yellow-Sporty
Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As an amateur walker in the Beacons, especially Pen Y Fan area, it is a great place to visit, but recently I have been really shocked by what I have witnessed. My son was home from China for 2 weeks and was waiting for the first clear day to go up PYF.Had a good forecast , but from experience went... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walked up the mountain in cloudy conditions. Then more cloud. Then rain. Then more rain. Then even more rain. Yuk! I'm an expriened walker but this was no fun. Maybe it's good in the sun (people always say that.) Think I'll stick to the Lake District !!

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Thank Warren B
Wales, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have walked this route twice now, in spring and summer and throughouly enjoyed it each time. I have been lucky enough to enjoy sunny weather during both visits which contributed to excellent views all along the walk. Arriving at the top and having a traditional photo with the Pen y Fan national trust sign is one of the highlights... More 

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Thank Punkyskully
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Ideal for beginners - challenging but very satisfying at the top.will definitely be returning. Also close to other mountains and easy to navigate to them on route.

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