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Name:Bannau Sir Gaer - Picws Du
Hill number:2236
Height:749.1m / 2458ft
Parent (Ma):5603  Fan Brycheiniog - Twr y Fan Foel
RHB Section:32A: Llandovery to Monmouth
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Brecon Beacons
County/UA:Carmarthenshire [Sir Gaerfyrddin] (CoU)
Catchment:Tawe, Catchment Boundaries, Towy
Watershed:Swansea Bay, Carmarthen Bay
Class:Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Subhump, Buxton & Lewis,
Grid ref:SN 81174 21864
Summit feature:cairn
Col:655.9m  SN 8163 2172  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 160
(1:25k) OL12W
Survey:obvious summit/Trimble GeoXH 6000
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From Moel Feity. Descended west to cross the stream, then steep ascent to join a high sheep path that brought me round to join the north ridge of Fan Foel. Then descended to the bwlch on the laid mountain path and up to the summit. Onwards to Fan Brycheiniog. Solo.marktrengove07/07/2019
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
Bwlch Cerrig Duon > Llyn y Fan Fawr > Bwlch Giedd > Fan Hir > Fan Brycheiniog (trig point & cairn) > Bwlch Blaen-Twrch > Picws Du > Waun Lefrith (and back).Winterfloodian05/05/2019
Mountain CoachTracey17307/04/2019
Along the ridge from Waun LefrithMariana Trench29/03/2019
Carmarthen Fans clockwise.Arbie27/03/2019
With Jonny and Smivvy.zaul_uk09/02/2019
Long circular route from Llanddeusant YHAdc9615/09/2018
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
With Penda. From Dan Yr Ogof campsite, to Fan Hir and then on to Fan Bryncheniog, Picws Du, Waun Lefrith, Garreg Las and back across the moorland. Nuttall walk 13.5 in its entirety. A long, hot flog with temperatures in high 20 Celsius. Took lots of water and we needed it all. Wonderful views but a wearying flog back from the last hill.beorwulf26/06/2018
circuit from Tafarn-y-garreg pub in Swansea valleyrichardrosser05/05/2018
Very windy day but a biota sunBannor15/03/2018
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
Reached on route to Fan Foel county top for Carmarthenshire. Start from the free parking area north of Llyn y Fan Fach near Llanddeusant. Second visit was whilst walking the Beacons way first taking in Fan Brycheinog and then Fan Foel.WAYNE ROWLETT19/08/2017
enjoyable walk great weather and viewscolinfielding25/05/2017
Up from Dan-Y-Ogof caves- £3 parking, bit steep but convenient spot. Up and on to Fan Bryncheinog and Picws Du, back via the Swallow holes and sink holes to Dan-yr-Ogof.andrew.morel01/05/2017
9am. Parked below Bwlch Cerrig Duon, upper reaches of Cwm Tawe, on narrow mountain road from Glyntawe to Trecastle. Walked west to join Beacon's Way at Llyn y Fan Fawr and up Bwlch y Giedd, turned south to reach Fan Hir summit, return north to bwlch, continue to twin summits of Fan Frycheiniog and Twr Fan y Foel, proceeded west to Picws Du, then returned to my van at Bwlch Cerrig Duon. I then drove down to A4067, turning left and drove a good mile north to park at layby on pass at 870195. From here I ascended west to Fan Gyhirych and Fan Fraith before returning to my van around 4.30pm. Very enjoyable, warm, sunny day. Had a well-earned couple of pints at the Ancient Briton pub between Pen-y-cae and Ynyswen, north of Abercraf, on way back to hotel at Merthyr.Dewi Prysor19/04/2017
Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog, Twr Y Fan Foel, Fan Foel, Picws Du, Waun Lefrith, Disgwylfa, Carreg Gochkeithouk03/04/2017
As part of circuit from car park at end of minor road from Llandeusant.mapple15/03/2017
From Waun Lefrith. Impressive mountain in a uniquely Brecon Beacons style. Fair old precipice - not one for the dark. On to Fan Foel.Wycombe Wanderer07/02/2017
Nuttall walk 13.6. Just fabulousRamblingpaul26/08/2016
LP+G. Claggy and wet at topnix_snilloc21/07/2016
Approached from ridge to west- spectacular views on a sunny day.Cas-gwent20/04/2016
Circuit from Glyntawemartin-r03/04/2016
Nuttall Walk 13.6tomd425/03/2016
With the Marilynjenx18/02/2016
On a circuit of hills after Fan Brycheiniognordicstar18/02/2016
The 'bonus peak' of the day & a good last summit before a 4 mile pathless walk back to the car at Tawe BridgeDanMaisieBex15/02/2016
Weather was superb for the last day in October, was in my T-shirt going up. Parked in the lay-by by the church at GlynTawe and headed up Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog, Picws Du, Waun Lefrith and Garreg Las which I got to by 1 a.m, having started just after 9. Returned by the bottom route as described in chapter 13.6 of the Nuttals book. There were a couple of tricky rivers and I got my feet soaked. Finished about 4.30.tsharp31/10/2015
With Chris Gmagirob14/10/2015
Solosimon and co25/05/2015
Circular walk up from Llanddeusant car parkNeolith16/05/2015
Low cloud for a Nuttall round of the Carmarthen Fan fells. With Steve.Lou10/05/2015
Nuttall Walk 13.6: Fan Hir - Fan Brycheiniog Trig - Fan Brycheiniog - Fan Foel - Picws Du - Waun Lefrith - Garreg Lasronaldo33304/04/2015
did this from llanduesant a great routeAristotle Chip28/03/2015
Completed as part of a winter bothying expedition to Llyn y fan fach.mrgeorgeabaker22/02/2015
2/8 Wonderful ridge walk consisting of Waun Lefrith/Bannau Sir Gaer/Fan Foel/Fan Brycheiniog (Twr y Fan Foel)/Fan Brycheiniog/Fan HirFergalh15/02/2015
From Afon Sawdde car park, with wife and daughterPampuco06/08/2014
749mThe Grouse10/07/2014
Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog Trig Point, Fan Brycheiniog, Fan Foel, Pices Du, Waun Lefrith, Disgwylfa, Carreg Goch, Twynwalter.ijpowell24/04/2014
Complete ridge from minor road to east. Filthy day, clag down, gales force winds, none stop rain.Crib Goch15/09/2013
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
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
Round of Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog, Picw Du, Waun Waun Lefrith and Garreg Las with Iain Brown.Eddie08/12/2012