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Pen y Fan


Pen y Fan is the highest peak in south Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. At 886 metres above sea-level, it is also the highest British peak south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia. The twin summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du at 873 m were formerly referred to as Cadair Arthur or 'Arthur's Seat'.



 

Location: Powys

Parent range: Brecon Beacons

Elevation: 886 m (2,907 ft)

Prominence: 672 m (2,205 ft)

Listing: Marilyn, Hewitt, Council top, Nuttall

 

The mountain and surrounding area are owned by the National Trust whose work parties attempt to combat the erosion caused by the passage of thousands of feet up and down this most popular of South Wales' peaks. The mountain is used by the military as part of the selection process of the UK's Special Forces personnel. Three soldiers who died after collapsing in the field in July 2013 were believed to have been climbing the mountain (see "Fan Dance") while undergoing Special Air Service selection.



Routes that Visit this Location


Extended Beacons Horseshoe

Distance - 17.7 km (11.0 miles)

Elevation Gain - 838 m (2,749 ft)

Categorised Climbs - 1 x Cat.2

Difficulty - Hard (58/100)

Time - 5 ¾ hours


Highest Peaks of the Brecon Beacons

Distance - 18.0 km (11.2 miles)

Elevation Gain - 998 m (3,274 ft)

Categorised Climbs - 1 x Cat.1

Difficulty - Hard (60/100)

Time - 6 hours


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