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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  • Jennifer J
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unfit couple coped, and worth it!
    We did the most straight forward trail - as two reasonably unfit people we found it naturally hard going as it is obviously all uphill, however we managed with a lot of breathers to compose ourselves and take in the scenery. Absolutely worth every step. The views are spectacular and we spent some time sat at the top with a picnic to truly take it in. It was quite overcast when we went, however this didn’t take away from the views. Beautiful. Would recommend.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • iamface
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom1,723 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    weekday not so crowded
    famous hill of Brecon, and from corn-du to here would be more flat and easily, weekday not so crowded and i so enjoy from here to watch back corn-du and the other two hill. so lucky on sunny day in spring. i believe that would be quite hard in winter or rainy time for climbing up this 4hills
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Samantha E
    104 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climb up Pen Y Fan to see the Red Kites.
    Climbed this mountain with my husband on a dull Thursday afternoon in the height of summer! Was a little worried as my fitness isn't to his level. He has walked the Whole of the south West Coast Path and climbed Ben Nevis so was a little worried that he would bound up and i'd be left behind. They say the trail is moderate and I would agree. The beginning is more difficult I would say as it was a little steeper and many rocks form the path. The higher you climb the easier it becomes but I did puff my way to the top! Saying that it only took an hour. The entire up and down with time to explore the two peaks was only 2 hours 15 mins. The Red Kite pair were flying at the top of Corn Du which was amazing. Beware the loos as the bottom were closed by 4.30pm although I believe the disabled loos were still open. It's a national trust car park that you have to pay for and even though I had stupidly left my card at home on this trip the lovely ladies wrote me a ticket bypassing the ticket machine. there was a chap selling teas from a van at 2pm but again was gone by 4.30pm. Great achievement climbing this last did it aged 10 on a school trip. I remember it being easier back then!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Pitchaya T
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking view but we went on Rainy Day
    The experience was pretty great. Once we go up higher , the better of the view is. I would not recommend the extreme route(15-19km walk) to a complete beginner tho. The route was pretty hard and very wet.Because we went on the rainy day so we have to walk through clouds and not having that great view up there Bare in mind that the extreme route has got very steep stairs and stone steps (the maximum degree is 31 and another one is 21 which is very strep. Not recommend for those who has got knee injuries. The fitness actually required for the route. Please check the weather and take a proper shoes with you. Otherwise, you might slip or broke your shoes. The view is still breathtaking even we went on the rainy day.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Desislava Andreeva
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom188 contributions
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    Fantastic hiking!
    We took the horseshoe trail, got to one of the car parks nearby the mountain railway and we started the hiking from there. The hiking in total takes about 6hrs, but we needed toilet, so we went down to the main car park for toilet and then up again to the first summon, then we reached Pen Y Fan and then the rest. The whole journey was about 8hrs with breaks. It was a great hike! The crowd is on the main route, and after Pen Y Fan it was quiet. Be aware to dress well as the weather is rapidly changing and it was very windy up there even in august! A recommendation, there could be more detailed forecast about the weather around the summon like there is for Ben Nevis in Scotland…
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Kam-Haider
    London, United Kingdom575 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth visiting - nature at its finest
    A breathtaking experience. This is about a 45 minute drive from Newport. There is a car park which costs £7.50 for an all day charge. Good facilities at the car park area, wifi, toilets, refreshments. As with any mountain hike be prepared, although it was August and dry still pretty cold. It takes about an hour to get to the top. Saw a runaway horse which was a big suprise. You need a reasonable level of fitness to climb up, as with any mountain hike going down is taxing on the knees and slippery so wear proper hiking boots. Lovely views all-around - the cloud broke up at times.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Georgina R
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views at the top were definitely worth the tough climb up
    The views at the top were definitely worth the tough climb up. It was one of the hottest days, so it took us a fair few stops with plenty of water breaks to make it to the summit, but we’re so glad we did it. We walked the direct route up and back down which took us 2 and a half hours (that’s including stopping for photos and having lunch at the top)
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Caroline G
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent mountain
    Pen y Fan was a must do for our short break in the Brecon Beacons. I had climbed the mountain as a child 45 years before and I wanted to touch the sky again at this beautiful place. It is fair to say the the ascent was tough and I had to catch my breath (or admire the view) many times on the route from the Pont ar Daf car park. The path is clearly marked and even on a Wednesday in September there was alot of visitors. Walking boots and poles are essential and dress for the weather and be prepared for rapid changes. Take food and drink with you, there are toilets in the car park and a helpful guide who will explain the various walking routes opinions. This is a beautiful place and the views are breathtaking. It is definitely worth the time and energy to get to the top before winding back down via Corn Du and via the Storey Centre. Parking is free for National Trust members but £7.50 for others. There is also parking available in laybys off the main road for free.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 24, 2023
  • brit_0124
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    SPECIAL AND AMAZING PLACE
    We visited Pen y Fan on 10th January 2024. Parked at Pont ar Daf car park. Plenty of spaces at 11:30am, lots of Accessible Parking Bays. Parking charges are FREE for Blue Badge Holders, FREE for National Trust Members and £7.50 for Non-members. There are 'basic' toilets in the car park including Accessible facilities. The weather can change very quickly so be prepared for all conditions. The trails are NOT accessible with Electric Scooters, as you would expect but the scenery is awesome!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 11, 2024
  • Anonymous
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing but easy to loose your sense of direction!
    Absolutely amazing experience climbing Pen-y-fan, totally worth it! We climbed in weather that was a bit unpredictable, when nearing the summit it became extremely windy and started to rain in what seemed like a split second - be aware of sudden weather changes. Also, as we are not “experienced” hikers, we did end up getting a bit lost on the way back and ended up on the challenging horseshoe route. Not signposted anywhere and easy to loose your bearings, especially if it’s misty. It was 1 simple wrong turn which took us this way and we didn’t realise until about 30 mins in, which we then luckily met some lovely people who walked back with us. Not a huge issue if you don’t mind a more challenging walk. Otherwise a lovely experience, just be aware of your surroundings and come prepared, it’s an amazing hike.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2024
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statutory
Weybridge, UK150 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Having driven from Chepstow to see Pee-y-Fan . I was very disappointed The nearest point to it has a scruffy overcrowded carpark with cars parked over the moorland ruining the countryside with a burger van. driving past it there are parking areas all with burger vans . Why not build a proper carpark with a decent restaurant ware you could enjoy the great views?
Written July 3, 2021
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Caroline G
Cheltenham, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Pen y Fan was a must do for our short break in the Brecon Beacons. I had climbed the mountain as a child 45 years before and I wanted to touch the sky again at this beautiful place. It is fair to say the the ascent was tough and I had to catch my breath (or admire the view) many times on the route from the Pont ar Daf car park. The path is clearly marked and even on a Wednesday in September there was alot of visitors. Walking boots and poles are essential and dress for the weather and be prepared for rapid changes. Take food and drink with you, there are toilets in the car park and a helpful guide who will explain the various walking routes opinions.
This is a beautiful place and the views are breathtaking. It is definitely worth the time and energy to get to the top before winding back down via Corn Du and via the Storey Centre.
Parking is free for National Trust members but £7.50 for others. There is also parking available in laybys off the main road for free.
Written September 24, 2023
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explorer-beans
Southampton, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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jasjam98
Reading, UK832 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
We did this climb as a family from 10 year to 54 years old . Parked near Pont ardaf car park, by 10.00 the car park was full so we parked on the grass verge . Was portable Loos and refreshment van at the start/ end . It was incredibly steep in places . Walking boots are a must . It is quiet busy in places but that didn’t bother us . The whole walk is breathtaking . You could feel the temperature drop at the last step climb . Very windy . It’s was beautiful and sunny for us but still very cold at this point. We did the circular walk . Some of us took a cross country walk back , instead of keeping to the path . They found a waterfall , steams and broke up the trudge of getting down .
Written April 19, 2022
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Ronnie
Burnham, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
Visited with children and dog, car park was full but joined a long line of cars parked along the road. Toilets and burger van in car park were handy. The path is wide enough to accommodate lots of people which was handy because there certainly were a lot of people when we visited. The hike was mostly a slight challenge with a few sections that were really quite tiring and a few that felt very gentle. We are a fit young family and took it quite slow because it was very hot but the whole round trip took 3 hours.
Written July 29, 2021
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Tai
Rio de Janeiro, RJ67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Will definitely be coming back to do this again. As you can see mine was not the best day to have tackled this. Did not have the fantastic view I’ve read so much about. The climb was harder than I’m sure it would normally have been as a result of the high winds and heavy sleet and snow. Wrap up warm!!

There’s two Burger vans by the entrance. Parking is free but has it been a sunny day can imagine it being hard to come by from noon onwards.
Written March 12, 2020
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josephrayner15
Neath, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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J-H
Chester, UK74 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Friends
We arrived at around 11am and copied other visitors by parking on the grass verge. The weather was dry but cloudy but we commented that we wouldn't have wanted to do the walk on a hot day. The views are magnificent and far reaching. It's well worth the effort. You need decent walking boots and it was much colder at the summit so wear appropriate clothing because the weather is very changeable. We came down a steeper more challenging route but you can go back the way you go up. It does get busy.
Written August 30, 2020
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brit_0124
Gloucestershire, UK7 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Couples
We visited Pen y Fan on 10th January 2024. Parked at Pont ar Daf car park. Plenty of spaces at 11:30am, lots of Accessible Parking Bays. Parking charges are FREE for Blue Badge Holders, FREE for National Trust Members and £7.50 for Non-members.

There are 'basic' toilets in the car park including Accessible facilities.

The weather can change very quickly so be prepared for all conditions.

The trails are NOT accessible with Electric Scooters, as you would expect but the scenery is awesome!

Written January 11, 2024
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RacheyPink
Cardiff, UK495 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Couples
There's plenty of space to park your car for free along the grass verge. There's portsloos and a couple of shacks selling chips, burgers, drinks etc down the bottom, and a map showing the different paths you can take. It was very busy (bank Holiday Monday) but the paths are wide enough in most parts for this not to be an issue. We took the slightly easier route up (the shortest route, which was also fairly flat in places) and a slightly more difficult route down (a longer route, on a much steeper path). We went to the top of Pen y Fan and the adjacent Corn Du, and spent
some time just sat taking in the views. It took us about 3 hours up and back down and we did stop quite a few times to take photographs, have a drink, take in the views etc, and we weren't walking particularly fast. It's not a terribly difficult walk but walking boots are recommended, and a warm top/jacket for when you get to the top as you really notice the drop in temperature as you reach the top. All the way up we thought that Corn Du was Pen y Fan. It wasn't until we almost reached Corn Du that we realised that we had slightly further to go until we reached Pen y Fan. It was a really pleasant walk and there were quite a few people jogging! There were people of all ages so it could be a fun family outing for those that like the outdoors!
Written September 4, 2020
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