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Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales. It is also known as the highest peak south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia. Some may say it’s a great weekly walk, but to others it’s a strenuous mountain walk.

Whichever category you fall into, the main thing is to enjoy it. It’s a circular walk which takes approximately 2.5 hours and covers roughly 4 miles when starting from the Pont ar Daf car park which can be found by entering these details into your GPS; LD3 8NL. This is the closest reference and you may find yourself at the Storey Arms Outdoor Education Centre which you can also walk from, so keep a lookout for signs as you approach.

The top of the peak sits at 886 meters high and starts off at about 440 meters.Once you have reached your starting point and if you have chosen the 4 mile circular walk you can follow these directions which will help you along your way. As this is the most popular route you will more than likely be able to follow the other visitors which are there that day. However, if you are looking for an alternative route we highly recommend you taking a look at to read about a couple of other variations to suit those that are wanting a more challenging walk. It makes for an interesting read, so take a look even if you’re doing the circular route!