Pen-y-Fan
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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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josephrayner15
Neath, UK27 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Taking the slightly harder route from the storey arms was well worth the challenge for me and my seven year old. We set off at 0 centigrade which meant a good pace would keep us warm. Spectacular scenery as we climbed above 600 metres. One hour and twenty minutes later we reached the summit. With a wind chill of minus 8 it was a little uncomfortable so a quick photo and an immediate descent seemed sensible. Although my granddaughter is tough I would recommend slightly warmer weather for young children, perhaps 10 degrees or above. Well worth it.
Written February 25, 2023
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Shin T
9 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
What an amazing scenery! We parked at Pont Ar Daf car park, ascended from this car park and down to the Storey Arms. My daughters are 9 and 13 years old and journey including picnic lunch took us 3 hours. 1 1/2 hour up and 1 hour down. I would think it would be quicker if you go down on the same route 30-45 min to the Carpark instead of to the storey arms. The parking is free at the moment but will be chargeable from April when the building work is finished according to the National Trust volunteer we met today.
It’s a little windy and cold at the peak and make sure u have hats and gloves ready despite it was very sunny today.
Definitely recommend to bring a picnic lunch and hot coffee to enjoy the picturesque view!
I was quite surprised there aren’t any roaming sheep about and the whole
trailis very clean with no animals dropping like other National parks we’d been to. Definitely will come back!
Written February 13, 2023
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Clive T
Haverfordwest, UK204 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
After many years of saying we would walk Pen Y Fan we’ve eventually done it.
Wife has rheumatoid but managed going up to 700 Mtrs before deciding to go back down.
After reaching to summit I did a circuit which brought me back down to the Storey Arms Outdoor Centre.
Written February 12, 2023
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Inwanderment
Herefordshire, UK1,712 contributions
Jan 2023
Well its a few years since we first did Pen Y Fan and we are now much fitter! We can get up to the top in about 45 mins and a gentle pace and whilst we do LOVE the views we always find it a little too busy for our liking and prefer the cats back, dragons back and those lesser known peaks which are not as far into Brecon.

Every time we have been (about five times now) it is just so so busy that it takes away from the enjoyment of the views and the nature aspect but thats just our opinion.

If you can ignore that you will love it, if you want a quiet oasis then go elsewhere!
Written February 9, 2023
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explorer-beans
Southampton, UK29 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Lovely part of the country. Walk up to the summit was manageable, and they’ve made sure the path is maintained (they ask you not to walk on the grass) to reduce slipping and accidents. My fitness levels are so-so, and I got a little winded at first but once I got into the rhythm it was fine.

On the day of our visit, the weather was pretty rubbish, rain & wind etc, but that can’t be helped. Still had a really enjoyable time.

Make sure you wear / take comfortable and warm clothing and footwear. Despite the rain, the temperature was mild at the bottom, but as expected, as you walk up, it becomes colder and the wind picks up. At the summit the wind was blowing at about 70mph (and I genuinely thought I was going to blow over the side. Not actually sure that’s possible though) and it was raining sideways. So I would urge caution.

Sadly we couldn’t see anything at the top, because of the cloud cover. But that’s fine, we’ll just go again and hope for the sun is out. Walking back down was difficult because of the weather and I was starting to get cold.

There was a car park with plenty of spaces and some portaloos - not the cleanest of loos, but much better than at a festival. I’m not sure if they’re working to install a visitor centre or something, but there was work going on around the car park. There was no where to buy refreshments, but we took our own water anyway.

Please note, this is part of nature and FREE; therefore there are no safety rails/ attendants/ gift shops. It feels silly having to say this, but I heard people complaining about it. If you want all the mod-cons, go somewhere else.

It took us about 1hr 30 to walk up, and about 45 mins down, but we were hampered by the winds/ rain. Really pleased I did this, and would definitely go again.
Written January 14, 2023
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Vinod P
3 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Great walk: plenty of car parking space
Good coffee shop
Amazing views on the top
Keep yourself warm
Written January 5, 2023
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MKP90
Bridgend, UK13 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Beautiful views. Highly recommend. Take your time and just enjoy. When you complete it, goal achieved . Cant wait to go again x
Written September 19, 2022
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Beth
Bristol, UK976 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Sadly our trip to Pen Y Fan was scuppered by the clouds, heavy, painful rain, and freezing cold. We walked one route on the way up and another on the way down. About 3/4 of the way down we did get a but of a view. Car parking was a bit of a chaotic nightmare. There were two fast food vans doing a roaring trade in burgers, tea and hot chocolate to warm the bones in the car park.
Written September 11, 2022
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BPWGo
Merthyr Tydfil, UK300 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
I did the sunrise walk. Definitely worth the early rise in the dark. Do take a head torch, water and a warm top and of course a camera for the fantastic views. Now I want to do the sunset walk. I’m not the fittest or youngest of people but I managed it. Just take your time and you’ll get there.
Written August 31, 2022
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Yvonne_lovestotravel
Spijkenisse, The Netherlands1,275 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
We walked last week the Pen Y Fan, we had super Nice weather. The hike to the pen y fan top and back it’s about 3 a 4 hours. But the scenery is beautiful.
Written August 20, 2022
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