Pen y Fan (Fire Fighters): March 12th

Pen y Fan (Fire Fighters): March 12th

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Highest Peak in South Wales

SUNDAY: Pen y Fan Horseshoe

The highest peak in South Wales provides a challenging climb to the summit standing at 886m. The horseshoe route is just over 9miles long and will take around 6 hours to complete. An early start sees us meet in the Brecon Beacon's Taf Fechan Forest and the walk begins with the steepest climb of the day. We continue with a more restful flatter ridge for around half an hour, before heading up to the first of our 4 summits, Corn Du. On a clear day, we start to take in the most magical view for miles, towering over the surrounding Welsh countryside.

After Corn Du, we drop a little, before climbing to our highest point, the impressive summit of Pen y Fan at 886m. A great place to stop for lunch, while enjoying the view on a nice day.

We continue around this circular horseshoe route with a quick descent before climbing once more to the top of the next peak, Cribyn. As we look back, the views of Pen y Fan's steep face arching around behind us is one of the most iconic in the Brecon Beacons.

Finally walkers have the option of either taking a well earned rest or tackling the shorter sharp out and back ascent of Fan-y-Big. This final peak is the home of the famous "Diving Board", from which the brave can take some impressively daring pictures!


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Important instructions: 

  • Please register with Get Outdoors when you arrive.. We will lead the group all the way, but would like to make sure everyone gets home safely.
  • PLEASE car share where possible; parking is limited on busy days and for the good of the environment.
  • Waterproofs (including trousers), walking boots, multiple layers and packed lunch are essential; weather likely to be breezy and chilly.
  • Do bring dogs, but with animals grazing be prepared to use a lead.
  • While on the walk, we ask you to remain with the group and follow all instructions from Get Outdoors leaders, who have the final decision in all instances.


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