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Name:Fan Foel
Hill number:5458
Height:781m / 2562ft
Parent (Ma):5603  Fan Brycheiniog - Twr y Fan Foel
RHB Section:32A: Llandovery to Monmouth
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Brecon Beacons
County/UA:Powys (CoU), Carmarthenshire [Sir Gaerfyrddin] (CoU)
County (CoH):Carmarthenshire [Sir Gaerfyrddin] (CoH)
County (CoA):Dyfed (CoA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Towy, Usk
Watershed:Severn Estuary, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Carmarthen Bay
Class:Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top
Grid ref:SN 82148 22347
Summit feature:protruding rock in centre of circle of stones
Col:777m  SN821222  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 160
(1:25k) OL12W
Survey:obvious summit
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • Dyfed (1974) administrative county top
  • Carmarthenshire [Sir Gaerfyrddin] historic county top
  • Carmarthenshire [Sir Gaerfyrddin] current county/UA top

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With E. Parked on minor road to E (Bwlch Cerrig Dion) and followed small intermittent path past ruins to Llyn y Fan Fawr. Good picnic/drink stop. Then up path to Fan Brycheiniog - Trig Point where drifting clouds limited visibility along ridge. Continued onto Fan Brycheiniog - Twr y Fan Foel and then historic county summit of Carmarthenshire at Fan Foel. Returned by same route bagging Fan Brycheiniog South - East Top on way back. Great walk just a shame the drifting clouds on the day restricted our views.Beeliner13/07/2019
Walked from car park on A4069. Out and back loosely following the Beacons Way to summit Garreg Lwyd, Foel Fraith, Garreg Las, Waun Lefrith, Bannau Sir Gaer, Fan Foel, Fan Brycheiniog, Fan Hir. High temperatures, clear skies and terrific views made for a very enjoyable day out.muzza205/07/2019
Mountain CoachTracey17307/04/2019
Along the ridge from Picws DuMariana Trench29/03/2019
Part of a fabulous couple of days exploring Waterfall country and the Black Mountain. Parked at Tafarn-y-Garreg and followed the Beacons Way all the way to Fan Foel. Nice straight forward route! Wonderful views for miles. Returned along Fan Hir for some well earned food at the pub!Gerry the Ranger28/09/2018
Long circular route from Llanddeusant YHAdc9615/09/2018
From Glyntawe following Nuttall route.Ramblingpaul30/08/2018
With: hb; From Garreg Las up onto Waun Lefrith then Bannau Sir Gaer and Fan Foel, over Fan Brycheiniog and down the long ridge of Fan Hir back to Glyntawe.Ian Baines25/08/2018
Blustery, squally winter's dayAJones09/02/2018
From Llyn y Fan Fach car park to Fan Foel, Picws Du, Waun Lefrith and down to Llyn y Fan Fach. Low cloud obscured views and very blustery.clyoung22/08/2017
X-trails run, misty / low visibilityphilwhit19/08/2017
Three hour, eight mile county top walk from the free car park near Llanddeusant. Lane to parking was single track so could be problematic in busy periods and the parking area itself fills up fast so go early to avoid both issues.WAYNE ROWLETT19/08/2017
As part of Brecon100 with ZoeJim T12/08/2017
county top added to nuttalls walkcolinfielding25/05/2017
Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog, Twr Y Fan Foel, Fan Foel, Picws Du, Waun Lefrith, Disgwylfa, Carreg Gochkeithouk03/04/2017
Walked from car park at end of minor road from Llanddeusant (road is in a very poor state). Did the circuit via Waun Lefrith, Picws Du and Fan Brycheiniog to Fan Fawr and then down the hillside from there back to the car park. Perfect sunny day.mapple15/03/2017
From Picws Du. Mist down but no mistaking the route to Twr y Fan Foel.Wycombe Wanderer07/02/2017
Started at SN855223. Walked W to Llyn Y Fan Fawr. Continued N before turning S to gain the ridge.Arbie02/12/2016
LP+G. Claggy and wet at topnix_snilloc21/07/2016
From 856223 after a rained-off attempt from the west a few weeks ago.Newton Maximus27/06/2016
Approached via ridge to the west- spectacular.Cas-gwent20/04/2016
On a circuit of hills after Fan Brycheiniognordicstar18/02/2016
Bagged after Twr y Fan Foel as the weather was almost perfect with the wind having dropped completely. A fine view point. with both the Britsol Channel & Cardigan Bay visible as well as Devon & most of mid Wales.DanMaisieBex15/02/2016
from SN 855224 to TP, Fan Brycheiniog, Fan Foel, Fan Hir and walk around Llyn y Fan Fawr lake Moss tops,fog visibility 50 m navigation required all dayunderhill13/12/2015
With Chris while staying near Ammanfordmagirob14/10/2015
On Cambrian Waycarole engel29/06/2015
Solosimon and co25/05/2015
Nice circular up from the car park past the fish farmNeolith16/05/2015
with Steve when doing The Fan round.Lou10/05/2015
Nuttall Walk 13.6: Fan Hir - Fan Brycheiniog Trig - Fan Brycheiniog - Fan Foel - Picws Du - Waun Lefrith - Garreg Lasronaldo33304/04/2015
Completed as part of a winter bothying expedition to Llyn y fan fach.mrgeorgeabaker22/02/2015
From layby at 856223 into the mist at Llyn y Fan Fawr, joining Beacon Way; up via Fan Brycheiniog. Very strong wind from SW.callumorr18/02/2015
3/8 Wonderful ridge walk consisting of Waun Lefrith/Bannau Sir Gaer/Fan Foel/Fan Brycheiniog (Twr y Fan Foel)/Fan Brycheiniog/Fan HirFergalh15/02/2015
County top no. 60. By car from holiday cottage in Brecon to car park at Blaenau. Walked Blaenau > Llyn y Fan Fach > Bannau Sir Gaer > Fan Foel > Fan Brycheiniog > Fan Foel > Disgwyifa > Blaenau. Distance 7.7 miles; time 4:11; climb 2481 feet. A spectacular ridge walk in fine walking weather, and very dry underfoot after weeks without rain. (Temp 18 deg C).alan.65to7022/09/2014
781mThe Grouse10/07/2014
SE from car park, ascend to Fan Foel, WSWaround fans, descend to Llyn Y Fan FAcn, return to car park along reservoir track. Early start, perfect walking weather.eilidh_hikes26/05/2014
Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog Trig Point, Fan Brycheiniog, Fan Foel, Pices Du, Waun Lefrith, Disgwylfa, Carreg Goch, Twynwalter.ijpowell24/04/2014
With G.B from 856223 via Llyn y Garn in glorious weather.bolton11/03/2014
Parking area at 856223 – Walked WSW along paths to S. end of Llyn y Fan Fawr – Ascended stepped path to Bwlch Giedd – Fan Brycheiniog – Fan Foel. (PM)gerrybowes11/03/2014
Complete ridge from minor road to east. Filthy day, clag down, gales force winds, none stop rain.Crib Goch15/09/2013
Lovely views. Third ascent.Adrian24/08/2013
A day hike with my two young children starting from the car park just past the houses at Blaenau near Llanddeusant. Followed track to Llyn y Fan Fach, before an ascent to Waun Lefrith (677m), from where the cliff edge was followed to Picws Du (749m). A descent was made before climbing again to the Carmarthenshire high point of Fan Foel (781m), and then Fan Brycheiniog (802m). Descending from Fan Foel onto the Beacons Way, then back to Blaenau. A fine sunny day, with a total 13.4km distance and 785m ascent. Visit <A HREF='' TARGET='_blank' TITLE='Click to visit Virtual Tour'></A> for a virtual 360 degree panoramic tour.VirtualMountain07/07/2013
Parked in Glasfynydd car park (SN 820271) and walked up to ascend the north ridge of Fan Foel and then along to Fan Brycheiniog before dropping back down. Great views of the lakes - Llyn y Fan Fawr particularly stunning in the sunlight.KingBaldy19/05/2013
From Glyntawe a round of Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog, Fan Foel, Bannau Sir Gaer, Waun Lefrith, Garreg Las, Disgwylfa, Carreg Goch and Twynwalter.rhalstead20/04/2013
From Afon Tawe.koen1602/02/2013
From the little farm road west of Llanddeusant. A lovely winter day, super cold, but still and sunny. Did Fan Foel, Fan Brycheiniog (Twy y Fan Foel) and the trig point which is an equal height. Then on to Picws Du and Waun Lefrith. Beautiful view over Llyn y Fan Fawr and Fach.islamidget13/01/2013
Stone circle. Route:Foel Fawr-Garreg Lwyd-Foel Fraith-Garreg Las-Waun Lefrith-Picws Du-Fan Foel-Fan Brycheiniog x2-Fan Hir-Tafarn Y Garreg. Snowing.12.5 miles.Chris Williams02/12/2012
This was the actual target of our day as the historic county high of Carmathenshire. Walked from the farm via the reservoir road and round the ridge (anti-clockwise). Very windy during the day but amazing visibility - we could see Exmoor rising over the channel!Bambography27/10/2012
KJF from LLanddeusant via Afon Sychlwchcrazy23/10/2012