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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 (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,
High Hills of Britain, 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:214.3m  SH 9315 0000  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 160
(1:25k) OL12E
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  • Powys (1974) administrative county top
  • Brecknockshire [Sir Frycheiniog] historic county top
  • Powys current county/UA top

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13.7 miles 3382ft walk, start at Cwmgwdi National Trust carpark, to Corn Du, Pen Y Fan, Cribyn and Fan Y Big horseshoe.stephenbuda27/01/2024
Walked up and down the Pont ar Daf path, getting to the top a couple of minutes after sunrise. Detoured to Corn Du on the way back. Very busy, lots of wishing people a Happy New Year. Very windy but quite mild for January. Clear skies while on the mountain, cloud came down while I was sitting make porridge by the waterfall at the bottom and rain started when I was back at the car.clyoung01/01/2024
Sunrise walk with Kelly. Fan y Big, Cribyn, Pen y Fan, Corn Du & Craig Gwaun Taf.paulh7914/10/2023
with ben, plus second ascent different routeGothicGeo11/10/2023
Very busy on the top, didnt stay for long.Buckleymon09/10/2023
Day five of Dragons Back Raceemily08/09/2023
Circular hike from Cwm Gwdi - Pen y Fan - Corn Du goat track - Cwm Llwch - Cwm Gwdi. Parking: National Trust Cwm Gwdi car parkmanilena03/09/2023
From NT car park, back down to Storey Arms. KSCFB.Ham and Skate27/08/2023
Climbed Craig Gwaun Taf, Corn Du and Pen-y-Fan from Taf Fechan Forest with Andy and Robbie.mavero1014/08/2023
with YFabioski09/08/2023
Sunrise walk with Elise.paulh7904/08/2023
4 of 10 Starting at the storey arms car park. Took a good while up here on this iconic peak. Stunning area with lots of visitors today. Marilyn no. 78The-Z-Man01/08/2023
Craig Gwaun Taf - Pen y Fan - Corn Du from the National Trust car parkGary Heath25/07/2023
With SDT from Neuadd Forestry Commission car park (SO 03672 17052). Brecon Beacons horseshoe. Twyn Mwyalchod trig pillar, Craig Gwaun Taf (Duwynt), Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn & Fan y Big. A good walk in beautiful weather.ADT03/06/2023
with TD walking most of the brecon horseshoe, very sunny. Started from car park middle valley.Firesidepixie02/06/2023
With Eoin and TiarnánPete West29/05/2023
Revisit to Corn Du, Pen-y-Fan, Cribyn, Fan -y -Big, while supervising two groups of GSAL Explorer Scouts doing their KSA Qualifying expedition from their wild camp at Cwm Llwch to Pennorth, across the Brecon Beacons. 21km with 940m ascent, taking the Explorers 9.5 hours.silverwolf_alan03/04/2023
NT plaque marks summit on top of a large cairn. Very busy - people queuing for photos on a grey and cold March Saturday.Vulcan04/03/2023
Circular hike from Cwm Gwdi-Twyn Cil-rhew-Cwar Mawr-Cefn Cwm Llwch-Pen y Fan-Craig Cwm Sere-Craig Cwm Cynwyn-Bwlch ar y Fan-Bryn Teg-Bailea-Pont y Caniedydd-New Croftau-Plas y gaer-Cwm Gwdimanilena12/02/2023
Peak - 886m. Hike Stats: 16.4km; 5 hours; 807m ascent. Looping hike including Craig Gwaun Taf, Corn Du and Pen y Fan.complicatedaussie21/01/2023
Walked up ridge with cumdwi carpark straight the top. Being a bank holiday we were not the only ones there. Weather glorious with fab views everywhere. Then headed for Corn Du and Gribin. Accompanied by MCW and GMWWoolly Hattie02/01/2023
Part of 5.5 mile Pen y Fan circular hikematt98p12/11/2022
Horshoe / 4 Peaks Classic walk.AdSonic7419/09/2022
Pen Y Fan Horseshoe 23km dayClifford19/09/2022
Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion, Fan y Big, Cribyn, Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Fan Gyhirychkeithouk16/08/2022
Walk from close to Brecon. Summer Holiday with Simon to Brecon August 2022.dancingqueen10108/08/2022 Rees01/08/2022
BBPS 30th Anniversary Beacons Way Day 4Rob Rees31/07/2022
Cambrian Way Day 7 Rees13/06/2022
loop from roadholtsd07/05/2022
30 mile circular walk from Taf Fechan up to Pen-Y-Fan and east over Waun Rydd. Misty day, but good temperature for walking, especially for a challenging hike!JazDisney01/05/2022
Accompanied by Granddaughter Kristy (age 11) From Taf Fechan Forest car park at Pont Cwmyfedwen SO 0423 1641 via Graig Fan Ddu to Graig Gwaun Taf and Corn Du. Then went onto Cribyn and Fan y Big. Returned via Torpantau to Pont CwmyfedwenWestdenewalker30/04/2022
Accompanied by Grandpa. From Taf Fechan Forest car park at Pont Cwmyfedwen SO 0423 1641 via Graig Fan Ddu to Graig Gwaun Taf and Corn Du. Then went onto Cribyn and Fan y Big. Returned via Torpantau to Pont CwmyfedwenKwalkway30/04/2022
With festival branchandydgreen123/04/2022
Anti-clockwise circuit starting at Blaen y Glyn. From Waun Rydd to Craig Gwaun Taf Returning via Taf FechanJK18/04/2022
With Ash,Greg,Sarah & HarleyJbratt9515/04/2022
Pen Y Fan Horseshoe - clockwise starting at Neuadd car parkBarns15013/03/2022
Pen Y Fan Horseshoe. Fan Y Big, Cribyn, Pen Y Fan, Corn Du and Craig Gwaun Taf.alunrees3905/03/2022
Climbed as part of Horseshoe walk starting from Llanfrynach.southern_rambler25/02/2022
With ScourfieldsAJScourfield23/02/2022
New year weekendchelec31/12/2021
OTT UltraMGT6706/11/2021
From Corn Du KeithByTheC06/10/2021
From Neuadd car park via the new crossing at Lower Neuadd Reservoir, the Craig Fan Ddu ridge, and then onto Corn Du. Returned Cribyn and back via the Gap Road.ma7asw04/09/2021
From the north, up to Lyn Cwm Llywch and the Tommy Jones memorial, up into the gloom, over Carn Du and then Pen y Fan. Back down along Cefn Cwm Llwch.pclyndes02/09/2021
Logged as part of the horseshoe walk.cavemouse30/08/2021
Pen Y Fan horseshoe run.Dave Ing22/08/2021
Pen y Fan horseshoe with R.Dan Baddeley20/08/2021