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Name:Pen y Fan
Hill number:2226
Height:886m / 2907ft
RHB Section:32A: Llandovery to Monmouth
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Brecon Beacons
County/UA:Powys (CoU)
County (CoH):Brecknockshire [Sir Frycheiniog] (CoH)
County (CoA):Powys (CoA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Taff, Usk
Watershed:Cardiff to Cape Wrath
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge,
Clem, Trail 100
Grid ref:SO 01210 21588
Summit feature:large cairn
Col:214.4m  SH 9315 0000  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 160
(1:25k) OL12E
Comments:Col only surveyed Trimble Geo XH6000
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  • Powys (1974) administrative county top
  • Brecknockshire [Sir Frycheiniog] historic county top
  • Powys current county/UA top

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Took the J Muir suggested route around the forest plantation then up via Corn Du. Arrived at the top at 3.15 to join the queue for a photo with the trig point. Took quicker direct route back down with the masses via Bwlch Duwynt. Spectacular views and a walk I’ll hopefully return to repeat with others in the future.acolling21/08/2019
With Zoe and Charlie!fantango03/08/2019
With E. From Pont ar Daf car park on A470 up tourist route. To Craig Gwaun Daf than Pen y Fan. Return over Corn Du with excellent view of a red kite riding the thermals just off the summit edge. Down on quieter path via Storey Arms. Perfect weather conditions giving great views for the entire walk. Tip: avoid weekends and bank holidays. This is a mega popular route.Beeliner15/07/2019
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
Start at the upper of the two Blaen-y-glyn carparks, but worth walking up through the woods from the lower and taking in the lovely waterfalls. Relatively short climb up from the upper carpark to Craig y Fan Ddu for fabulous level rim walk around to bag Waun Rydd. Back again and follow the path as it edges spectacularly around Cwm Cwarelli and Cwm Oergwyn. The day is straight out of a geography text book. While not a top of any prominence visit Fan y Big and refresh yourself before tackling the big dipper of Cribyn and then the main event, Pen y Fan - the highest mountain in South Wales. There is a National Trust sign on the summit, made for selfies. Savour these three promontories for their panoramic views. Move on to Corn Du, for great views of Craig Gwaun Taf which you need to now follow for some miles. Just as you think when will the growing cliff ever end, turn to see a cairn. Ignore the path that descends from here and continue on toward the trig point for a much better and saferPete West22/06/2019
from cwmgwdi car parkSam R26/05/2019
Walked up from Pont ar Daf for sunrise and this time was rewarded with great views. Went back via Corn Du then part way down the path to the Storey Arms before taking the cross country path back to Pont ar Daf.clyoung12/05/2019
Final Days walking with Paul T group, then drove to CardiffRumbo05/05/2019
Tourist route from A470. Sunny day, added this and Fan Fawr after earlier Fan Brycheiniog and Burton HillN.Morters30/04/2019
From Pont ar DafSez29/04/2019
Another County summit 'Bucket List' ticked off. Involving a three and a half hour drive from Devon. A fantastic day out with typical Welsh weather. Never underestimate how quick things can change up here. But well worth the effort. Photos can be found elsewhere on line under my name.Anthony Vosper25/04/2019
The fifth top reached (by now we were really cold in the gale force wind and yet more hail, so didn't hang around too long) 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
M J and O. Easter Sunday from Pont at Daf. 0830 and an estimated 1500 people on the hill. Definitely no solitude but a very hot day.Martin6621/04/2019
Fan Fawr, Corn Du, Pen y Fan & Cribyn. Started from 'lower' CP - walked up to Storey Arms CP, then a quiet ascent of Fan Fawr & on to trig - return to Storey Arms & on to Corn Du & Pen y Fan (now not so quiet). The continuation to the fine looking Cribyn was fairly quiet.ger15/04/2019
Climbed with Peter Thirkettle and Chris and Ollie Yeomanspsburgess16/02/2019
Pen Y Fan horseshoecbarbrook10/02/2019
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 Darren and Alexkingabunyip27/10/2018
With Pub ClubMGT6709/10/2018
Bagged as part of a 3 hour walk from Storey arms to Brecon, via Pen Y Fan and Cribyn.kasharic03/10/2018
Perfect day to bag 4 summits - Fan-y-Big, Cribyn, Pen-y-Fan, Corn Du. Circular walk starting from Penstar Bunkhouse.Speleoprez27/09/2018
Solo. From the carpark a little south of Storey Arms. Up the broad gravel path that goes to Pen y Fan. Deviated to include Corn Du. A very large number making the ascent with many, but not all taking in Corn Du. Continued to Cribyn, Craig Gwaun Taf and Y Gyrn. Mostly good weather but some mist and a little rain.pwbellarby15/09/2018
Took the path up from Pont ar Daf and verged off the very short distance to go up Craig Gwaun Taf [Duwynt]. This newly promoted Nuttall is my last Welsh Nuttall. Since I was up here I also walked across to Corn Du and Pen Y Fan. Down via the path to Storey Arms. Saw several people in slacks and blazers and also some idiot who didn't have his dog on the lead chasing sheep all the way down the side of the mountain, fortunately the sheep were faster.tsharp15/09/2018
From campsite at Pentwyn farm.LRC11/09/2018
With Boggy and Bowden.MGT6725/08/2018
Brecon Beacons 4 Peak Challenge Karl/Dale and GazNottsOutdoorLad21/07/2018
Walked up 'the motorway' on my own to see the sunrise (via Corn Du) only to be met by cloud. Hung around long enough to photograph some 'dragon's breath'.clyoung15/07/2018
exceedingly busy, several events on and perfect weather. Queue to have photos at NT summit plaquerichardrosser23/06/2018
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
'Motorway' from Pont Ar Daf via Corn Du with youngest son (12), with the intention to bivvy, but we bailed out as he got cold. Hot and sunny on the way up, glorious sunset, starry night.clyoung02/06/2018
From Pont ar Daf car park straight up the well-trodden path, skirted around Corn Ddu to the summit of Pen y Fan and then picked up Corn Ddu on the way back. Cloud and mist in patches but the sun came out as we hit the higher points and we saw some great views from the top. Not too busy either.Stuzinho01/06/2018
TMS Brecon Beacons meetdavidsbatty19/05/2018
Walking day with WBMC.simonshrewsbury12/05/2018
Night climb starting from Pont ar DafLiam Taylor12/05/2018
First time ever...evilclown62uk09/05/2018
Quick walk up and down main track from car park. Peaked Corn Du first then across to Pen-Y-Fan. Combination of windy and foggy on way up with brief hail. Fog cleared as preparing to come down after 10 minute stop at top. Up in 1 hour, down in 30 minutes.lizagne25/04/2018
Climbed on Stuarts Trans Cambrian Trek on a very hot dayBannor20/04/2018
Climbed Corn Du and Pen Y Fan from Pont ar Daf car park. Winds blowing 40 gusting 50 on top! Climbed with Kate, Ellie, Loki, Mom, Dad, Riley, and Erin.cdshear18/04/2018
21k circuit from Blaen Y Glyn taking in Waun Rydd, Fan Y Big, Cribyn, Pen Y Fan and Corn Du. Very good weather and inevitable crowds.rlee504014/04/2018
Start at Pont ar Daf car park, Pen Y Fan, Corn Du, Bwich Duwynt return to carpark.stephenbuda29/03/2018
Walked the classic horseshoe from the north, avoiding the super highway from the Storey arms, people in jeans and trainers all over the summit.bardolph27/03/2018
Start ~ Storey Arms. Took the tourist Path to the col before going right to Craig Gwaun Taf. Continued to Pen y Fan before returning over Corn Du to do Y Gyrn. With Wombourne.steve hudson26/03/2018
Paul and Kate From Libanussenrab30/12/2017
Solo walk of horseshoe ridge trailBenTullett22/12/2017
Mince pie runphilwhit03/12/2017
Solo climb from Pont ar Daf car park, beautiful clear day, stunning viewsMickeyfinn08/11/2017
Beacons Horsehoe from the Forestry Commission car park nearest the reservoir (but we bypassed Corn Du owing to high wind and Fan y Big due to lack of time).clyoung04/11/2017
From Taf Fechen Forest car park SO 03642 17055, as Nuttalls 13.1, via Craig Gwaun Taf, Corn Du, then onto Cribyn, Fan y Big, returned via the discussed Neuadd upper reservoir.Westdenewalker12/10/2017