Pen y Fan Horseshoe (Fire Fighters): March 12th
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Highest Peak in South Wales
The Pen y Fan Horseshoe
The highest peak in South Wales, with a summit standing at 886m offers beautiful views for miles all around. The horseshoe route is just over 9miles long and takes around 6 hours. Starting from the Brecon Beacon's Taf Fechan Forest, the route starts with the steepest climb of the day. The relief of a more restful flatter ridge for around an hour follows, before heading up to the first of the 4 peaks. The summit of Corn Du possess the most magical views, on a clear day, towering over the surrounding Welsh countryside.
After Corn Du comes the climb to the highest point, the impressive summit of Pen y Fan at 886m. On a nice day it makes a great place to stop for lunch, while enjoying the views. In bad weather it's definitely not somewhere to hang around!
The horseshoe continues with a steep and tricky descent, before another stiff climb to the top of the next peak, Cribyn. Looking back, the view of Pen y Fan's steep face arching around is amongst the most iconic in the Brecon Beacons.
Finally there is 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!
Only regret the opportunities we don't take...
- 9:30am meet outside The Red Cow, Pontsticill, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UN.
- We will then travel in convoy to Neuadd Car Park, Talybont-on-Usk, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UT.
- Please meet Get Outdoors when you arrive at the far end of the car park and check-in again at the finish. We will lead the group all the way, but would like to make sure everyone gets home safely.
- Take a comfort break on the way; no toilets in the car park or on the walk.
- Free parking, but we need to arrive early to secure spaces.
- A WhatsApp group will be set up to share info and photos. Please send a quick email with permission to add you to the group: email@example.com
- Transport: car share where possible; parking is limited and for the good of the environment.
- Kit: Packed lunches, walking boots, multiple layers and waterproofs (including trousers!) are essential. The weather could be very cold and/or wet, so please refer to the full recommended kit list.
- While on the walk: we ask you to remain with the group and following instructions from Get Outdoors leader(s), who have the final decision in all instances.
- Problems: on the day call Chris: 07885157903
- Dogs: are welcome, but are entirely the owner's responsibility and must have a lead and be under close control at all times.
- Livestock: If encountered do not walk too close or get between a cow and calf. If threatened, let go of your dog so it can escape and reduce the risk to yourself.
- Public rights of way: please keep to them and respect the landowner’s property at all times.
- Styles: are often present on the route to negotiate on this type of walk.
- Countryside walking: can often include hills and uneven terrain. Our group ethos is to support everyone in group to achieve their maximum potential in terms of completing the route. As such, we endeavour to walk at a pace all participants are comfortable with. We apologise if this causes any frustration to fitter walkers.
- Health: please consult your doctor if you are at all worried about your fitness and ability to take part. Please inform the walk leaders, Get Outdoors, of any underlying health conditions that may affect your walking ability before signing up and complete the following:
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