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Pen Y Fan (886m)

Self-guided Route in the Brecon Beacons, Wales

Key Facts

Difficulty: Easy
Location: Brecon Beacons (3h-3h30 from London by train and bus)
Time: 3 hours
Distance: 6.5km
Kit required: Hiking boots, a few layers, waterproof jacket and trousers, map, food, water and a head tourch in case you get stuck out.


You can take the train to Cardiff Central (2h from London) and then a 1h30 bus or a 35 minute taxi ride (probably cheaper as a group) to Storey Arms where the hike begins. If you're staying for the weekend then why not stay at the YHA Brecon Beacons and go for a hike round some of the reservoirs the next day.

The Hike

We prefer the Pen y Fan and Corn Du circular walk, so you go up a different way to down.

Start on the Beacons Way from the car park

This is a very wide track that starts from the car-park and immediately heads over a bridge. Follow this one all the way up for around 45 minutes-1 hour until you get right up to the ridge line and can see the other side of the mountain. This is called windy pass and you can often see why!

Choose between a scramble and a path

At the intersection of paths here, turn left. You then have two options - straight ahead is an easy rocky scramble, or you can skirt round just to the right to avoid it.

Enjoy the summit views

Enjoy the summit views and then re-trace your steps back to the little saddle just below you, and then take the right of the two paths onto the rocky scramble (Corn Ddu).

Head right down the steep face of Corn Ddu

Scramble down a few steps heading right rather than back to windy pass. Follow this path for 10 minutes and then take a left at the inter-section, which will bring you all the way back to the road and car park. Time for the pub!

Pictured: Hikers coming down after wild camping on the summit in winter.