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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, Carmarthenshire [Sir Gaerfyrddin]
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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Parked at Glasfynydd Forest car park. Scaled Fan Foel and Fan Brycheiniog peaks on circular hike. Very windy conditionsmatt98p27/04/2024
With Sarah.Rob Rees01/02/2024
A walk with Alma Aurea up Fan Brycheiniog. We might have done a longer route but the good weather forecast kept changing and in the end we started late (and nearly didn't go at all). We walked up the valley to Llyn y Fan Fawr with the cloud just about clearing off in front of us, some showers and wind. It cleared off the main summit just in time so we continued up and finally the sun came out, but only late afternoon! So we visited Fan Foel and then Fan Hir on a ridge descent, but Bannau Sir Gaer - Picws Du will have to wait for another day. Beautiful once it cleared. /Dmeltdiceburg22/10/2023
Day five of Dragons Back Raceemily08/09/2023
Ascended Gwter Goch to the summit ridge from Llyn y Fan Fach - slightly grassy & chossy but well protected and a steady push directly up the cliff. Walked round the ridge to Fan Hir, back to Waun Lefrith & bivvied on the west end above Llyn y Fan FachBarns15009/04/2023
With JamesThis Dog06/04/2023
13.5 mile 3188ft walk, start at Glyntawe Church layby, follow Beacons Way up to Llyn Y Fan Fawr and on to Llyn Y Fan Fach then up to Waun Lefrith and follow ridge to Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog, Twr Y Fan Foel, Fan Foel and Picws Du, then followed Beacons Way back to Layby .stephenbuda04/03/2023
Llyn y Fan Fach Circular with SarahPGT197502/05/2022
Moel Feity to the source of the Tawe, up to Llyn y Fan Fawr, along the Beacons Way to the foot of Fan Foel, round towards Llyn y Fan Fach but cut up a steep path to the bwlch between Picws Du and Fan Foel, Picws Du, back over Fan Foel and Fan Brycheiniog, back down to Llyn y Fan Fawr, followed a river to the road, finished with Cefn Cul at sunset. On my own, sunshine with some cloud and quite windy at times.clyoung24/04/2022
17 mile 3469ft walk, start at Dan Yr Ogof Show Caves Camp Site, follow Beacons Way up over Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog, Twr Y Fan Foel, Fan Foel, Picws Du and Waun Lefrith, down to Llyn Y Fan Fach follow low Beacons Way around to Llyn Y Fan Fawr and back to Dan Yr Ogof.stephenbuda16/04/2022
Peak - 781m. Hike Stats: 22km; 7 hours; 1,045m ascent. Long looping hike including Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog, Fan Foel and Picws Du.complicatedaussie12/03/2022
As part of loop from Tafarn Y Garregfreethehilltops12/09/2021
Up from Glyntawe, up the ridge over Fan Hir and Fan Brycheiniog, then back along the lower path passing Llyn y Fan Fawr.pclyndes04/09/2021
Part of a two day trip across the Black Mountain. Parked in lay-by on minor road to the east of Fan Brycheiniog. Walked along the ridge then dropped down to Afon Twrch to camp. Day two walked up to Garret Las and followed the Beacons way back to car.LaurieIson2113/08/2021
Fan Brycheiniog circular walk on a beautiful sunny day.JazDisney31/05/2021
Circuit from Llyn Fan Fach car parkAjm031029/04/2021
Looped round Llyn y Fan Fawr before climbing back up on the ridge linelboutside18/04/2021
Run with Erin from the Tafarnmilejunkie22/11/2020
From Glyntawe and then along the high level Beacons Way path. A superb cliff-edge walk on an extremely blustery but sunny day, taking in all the required tops of Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog Trig, Twr y Fan Foel, Fan Foel, Bannau Sir Gaer, and Waun Lefrith, returning via the cliff underface and its two sparkling llyns. Great walk!summitter19/09/2020
Steeply up from the north to this one in rain. Rain clearing as we reached the top, but then back with a vengeance.Toobuddy06/09/2020
Black Mountain Ridge Walksionbrit05/09/2020
From Tafarn-y-Garreg directly on to ridge, then along to Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog, Fan Foel, Picws Du and Waun Lefrith before walking back underneath the ridge.welshyboyo14/07/2020
A refreshing walk on a chilly day through a light scattering of snow. Had to hunt for the trig point!!EricMoore19/01/2020
With trimarc2. Started out in the gorgeous sunshine - weather deteriorated but not our festive spirits! Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog, Picws Du, Waun Lafrith, Garreg Las. Finished with a late lunch in front of the fire at Tafarn-y-Garreg. Exceptional.Fionalevey19/12/2019
A pleasant morning turns into a wild and memorable afternoon. With Fionatrimarc219/12/2019
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
DofE remote solo supervision. Bwlch Cerrig Duon - Fan Brycheiniog trig & hp - Fan Foel - down nose - Gwal y Cadno ruin - Llyn y Fan Fawr - wild camp in NW corner - west side traverse of llyn - return. Blue skies, good views, chilly overnight but the kids enjoyed it!richard6904/05/2019
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
With: ib; Helen Baines25/08/2018
Circular hike following this route: Ty Henry - Cae'r-helm - Fan Fechan - Llyny Fan Fawr - Gwal y Cadno - Gwely Ifan y Rhiw - Pant y Bwlch Waun Sychlwch - Llyn y Fan Fach - Waun Lefrith - Cwar-du-bach - Cwar-du-mawr - Picws Du - Bwlch Blaen-Twrch - Fan Foel - Twr y Fan Foel - Fan Brycheiniog - Bwlch Giedd - Fan Hir - Allt Fach - Ty Henry - Tafarn y Garreg car park. Parking: Tafarn y Garreg Pub car parkmanilena07/07/2018
Blustery, squally winter's dayAJones09/02/2018
Circular hike following this route: Waun y Llwyn - Llethr y Llyn - Weirs - Waun Lefrith (660/677) - Cwar-du-bach - Cwardu-mawr - Picws Du- Bwlch Blaen-Twrch - Fan Foel - Fan Brycheiniog - Bwlch Giedd - Llyn y Fan Fawr - Gwal y Cadno - Gwely Ifan y RhiwC - Pant y Bwlch - Waun Sychlwch - Llethr y Llyn - Waun y Llyn. Parking: Llyn y Fan Fach car park, Llandeusant, SA19 9UNmanilena02/12/2017
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