Pen Y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales and also Southern Britain situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park at a height of 886 metres. It happens to be the most widely hiked mountain in the region because of its easy access. There are well made footpaths all the way to the summit making it easy for all levels of hikers to get there.
Pen Y Fan routes to reach the summit are many but 2 routes are most popular. The route from the Storey Arms car park and the other from Pont ar Daf car park! Although both can be hard, the one from Storey Arms is the difficult one while the other one is slightly easier. If you are fit enough, you can use both.
Park your car if you can find space at the car park. It can be difficult to park there but you can park on the side of the road as long you don’t park on the tarmac (otherwise you might get a ticket). Cross over the bridge (also the source of the River Taf) and walk uphill.
Continue going uphill. Take your time, don’t rush and stop and take a rest if you have to. Drink water. The Pen Y Fan walk can be tough but it’s worth it.
Enjoy the views. Take pictures. Don’t feel compelled to get to the summit in a hurry.
I will let the photos do the talking.
It’s cold at the top therefore take a waterproof jacket with you and warm clothing. I wonder why the girl in the above picture is sitting on the edge of the sudden drop? Be careful and don’t be stupid to do silly things like that.
Don’t forget to check the weather. The closest town is Merthyr Tydfil. If you type “Pen Y Fan weather” in Google, it will give you the weather. Weather can change suddenly and can be cold. So check the weather forecast for Pen Y Fan before you start your trek.
You will find many people saying that the Pen Y Fan walk time is around 1 hour going up and 1 hour going down however it could take longer if you stop for rest.
Pen Y Fan walk summary
Height – 886 m or 2906 feet.
Walking distance – 3 km from the car park.
Pen Y Fan weather forecast – Forecast from the Met Office.
Storey Arms postcode – Libanus, Brecon LD3 8NL (A470).
Walk time – Approx 2 hours going up and down again but it will depend on your level of fitness.