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Name:Fan y Big
Hill number:2240
Height:716.7m / 2351ft
Parent (Ma):2233  Waun Rydd
RHB Section:32A: Llandovery to Monmouth
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Brecon Beacons
County/UA:Powys (CoU)
Catchment:Taff, Catchment Boundaries, Usk
Watershed:Cardiff to Cape Wrath
Class:Nuttall, Subsimm, Buxton & Lewis
Grid ref:SO 03654 20669
Summit feature:no feature
Col:688.2m  SO037198  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 160
(1:25k) OL12E
Survey:obvious summit/Trimble GeoXH 6000
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11.7 mile walk from Blaen Y Glyn Uchaf car park, along Taf Trail through Taf Fechan forest then along to diverted path around Lower Neuadd dam, climbed up much improved path up to Twyn Mwyalchod trig then followed ridge along to Corn Du, Pen.Y Fan (both 4th time bagged) then onto Cribyn and Fan.Y.Big (both 3rd time bagged) then followed Beacons Way down Craig Y Fan Ddu back to car park. Clear sunny/cold/breezy weather, clouds came down on Pen.Y.Fan briefly but lifted quickly, hundreds of people around because first good day for a while.DanTrig18/01/2020
With JackW. CCW Horseshoe. From northen car park in Taf Fechan Forest. masmith20/10/2019
Not quite big enough - but great views P & Ksenrab17/08/2019
Early 6am start to avoid the crowds on Pen Y Fan. Nuttall Walk 13.1. Craig Gwaun Taf, Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn & Fan y Big 9.5mJephcote8329/06/2019
Ascended from CribynParky21/05/2019
Should have been the third top reached (but failed on the navigating front, managed to follow the path on the SW side rather than continue to the top, very annoying as we had the height) on the first day of Sarah and Bernard's Easter '19 Brecon expedition walking from Talybont YH to Brecon YH then to a B&B in Pontsticill and back to Talybont YH.Bernard25/04/2019
Climbed with Peter Thirkettle and Chris and Ollie Yeomanspsburgess16/02/2019
start at Blaen Y Glyn car park, along Taff Trail to Neuadd Reservoir to Twyn Mwyalchod TP, up ridge to Craig Gwaun Taf, Corn Du, Pen Y Fan, Cribyn, Fan Y Big, Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion, Beacons Way back to car park, 12 miles 2525ft.stephenbuda20/01/2019
With Pub ClubMGT6709/10/2018
Perfect day to bag 4 summits - Fan-y-Big, Cribyn, Pen-y-Fan, Corn Du. Circular walk starting from Penstar Bunkhouse.Speleoprez27/09/2018
Blaen y glyn car park, Lower Neuadd Reservoir, Cribyn, Fan y Big, Bwlch y Ddwyallt, Waun Rydd, Allt Lwyd to Abercynafon Lodge.Winterfloodian25/09/2018
Reached whilst walking the beacons way, on day 4 Fan y Big onto Pen y Fan and Corn Du from the Taff trail.WAYNE ROWLETT07/09/2018
With Boggy and Bowden.MGT6725/08/2018
Brecon Beacons 4 Peak Challenge Gaz/Karl/DaleNottsOutdoorLad21/07/2018
With Penda. From wild camp at Taff Fechan car park (not the upper one, that was closed), as per Nuttall Walk 13.1 in reverse, Fan y Big to Pen Y Fan and then on to Duwyn and back, missing Cribyn and Corn Du (often visited!). Temperature knocking 30 Celsius, a long hot day.beorwulf28/06/2018
supporting Brecon 100 mile racerichardrosser23/06/2018
Route: Car park at Pont Cwmyfedwen, Taf Fechan Forest 642 spot height on Twyn Mwyalchod Craig Gwaun Taf [Duwynt] Corn Du Pen y Fan Cribyn Fan y Big col to west car park. Stats: 4hrs40, 16.89km, 956.2m ascent. Weather: very hot & sunny, although nice breeze on some tops. Notes: met DofE backpackers at col between Cribyn & Fan y Big.millionmts23/06/2018
From the quieter northern route, with Rachelbardolph27/03/2018
Solo. Clear weather and stunning views across to the Black MountainsMickeyfinn16/03/2018
From Taf Fechen Forest car park SO 03642 17055, as Nuttalls 13.1, via Craig Gwaun Taf, Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn, returned via the discussed Neuadd upper reservoir.Westdenewalker12/10/2017
Circular from Taf Fechan Forest to Bwich y Ddwyallt, Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion and Fan y Big.Arbie07/10/2017
Ascended Fan y Big to complete a memorable day in the hills after also taking in Corn Du, Pen y Fan & Cribyn on a circular loop from Neuadd reservoir. Lovely weather, great views and memories to cherish!Gerry the Ranger05/10/2017
Dearne Valley Walking Group WalkSteveP02/09/2017
Completed the 'Horseshoe' circular walk from Neuadd car park (Fan y Big, Cribyn, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Craig Gwaun Taf) - awful fog so no views today, but literally a breathtaking hikeprcclarke30/06/2017
Stage 3 of the Welsh 3 peaksspare.tyres14/06/2017
fantastic round of hillscolinfielding26/05/2017
circular walk from neuadd reservoirdavie06/05/2017
With Nickrockwarrior29/04/2017
As part of circular route from the upper car park at Taf Fechan Forest (036171) just below Lower Neuadd Reservoir. Started 8.30am headed east over Craig Fan Las to Waun Rydd, then west to Bwlch y Ddwyallt, followed Fan y Big and Cribyn summits to Pen y Fan and Corn Du, descended south along ridge Craig Gwaun Taf, Rhiw yr Ysgyfarnog and Craig Fan Ddu, reaching lower reservoir and car park at just after 4pm.Dewi Prysor18/04/2017
Craig Gwaun Taf, Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn, Fan y Big, Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion, Bwlch y Ddwyallt, Waun Rydd, Brynkeithouk04/04/2017
Pen Y Fan Horseshoe walkjmistry8618/02/2017
Craig Gwaun Taf [Duwynt]- Corn Du - Pen Y Fan (Twice) - Cribyn - Fan Y Big - Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion [Craig Cwareli] - Bwlch y Ddwyallt [Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion] - Waun Rydd- Y Gyrn. 13.8 Miles 1383M Ascent.Alex1759523/01/2017
Lovely walk from forestry car park with snow on the ground and blue skies (mainly!). Beautiful ice formations on the grass on the way to the top.re142102/01/2017
9M Horseshoe walk from carpark by waterfallTaz3822/12/2016
Climbed from Blaen y Glyn car park, & then across the Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion very misty, had to get the compass out!DanMaisieBex28/10/2016
Parked in forestry car park at GR 036 171. Followed good track to col between Cribin and Fan y big. Climbed Fan y big then continued to Bwlch y Ddwallt. Returned by same route. With LP.wombourne21/10/2016
Bagged on circular walk from Llanfrynach.Ramblingpaul25/09/2016
From the Blaen-y-Glyn Uchaf car park walked up to and along Craig y Fan Ddu and Graig Fan Las, then turned west to bag Bwlch y Ddwyallt and Fan y Big before returning via Torpantau. Very windy, too much so to stand on the 'diving board', small amount of rain at the end.clyoung24/09/2016
Walked with JulesWill Mead04/09/2016
From Blaen-y-glyn Upper Car Park near Talybont Reservoir - Wellington Bomber Memorial - Bwlch y Ddwyallt [Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion] - Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion [Craig Cwareli] - Fan y Big - Cribyn - Pen y Fan - Corn Du - Duwynt - Graig Fan Ddu. Return to start via Taf Fechan Forest & Taff Trail.david23020107/08/2016
Day hikelerritt06/08/2016
Allt Lwyd to Fan Y Big from Talybont Reservoir.gsolomonuk23/07/2016
From national trust car park just outside Brecon. Fan Y Big, Cribyn, Pen Y Fan, Duwynt, Corn Du and Y Gyrn. Wonderful day!AlunRees3127/06/2016
From national trust car park just outside Brecon. Fan Y Big, Cribyn, Pen Y Fan, Duwynt, Corn Du and Y Gyrn. Wonderful day!Alunrees3327/06/2016
Training for 3 peaksBellySlster16/05/2016
Along the ridge taking in 5 peaks, from car park in Taf Fechan Forestr.ashwell24/04/2016
Another visit. This time I have a date unlike previous occasions from the 1970s onwards.Dusty04/04/2016
Started from Storey Arms Car Park Ascended up to Corn Du, Pen Y Fan, Cribyn, Fan Y Big Then Back Over Pen Y Fan back to car parkganjabeard21/03/2016
Walked up here on an excellent circular from upper Blaen y GlynNeolith18/03/2016
Climbed on a quick visit to the Brecon Beacons on a good sunny day, but still with some good patches of snow about.Cas-gwent11/03/2016