A Stunning walk in good conditions, probably at a Moderate walking level and can be completed in under three hours. Walking up Pen Y Fan is achieving the highest point in South Wales.
Start at the Storey Arms carpark on the A470 (Sat Nav LD3 8NL), go to the phone box and look up, you will see a rugged eroded path leading up the mountain, that is where you are going, take a bearing and start climbing. It rises quickly and then drops back down into a stream running across your path, start climbing again towards Corn Du ( a lower summit). If the weather is good the views are spectacular off to your left, don’t get to close to the edge on a windy day, when you can, look back towards the Tommy Jones Obelisk and Llyn Cwm Llwch (the lake), what a view.
Most of the path has been replaced because of erosion so the new path is easy to follow, but always take a bearing in case the weather closes in.
Continue up to Corn Du, scrambling up the last 50 feet, once on top take another bearing to Pen-Y-Fan, be aware of the steep drops to the North of the summit. There are amazing views either side as you walk along the saddle.
The summit of Pen-Y-Fan is marked with a plaque so you will know you are there, a great photo opportunity.
When its time to descend follow the same path back along the saddle and onto the top of Corn Du. Beyond the mound of Stones called a Cairn you will find the descent back down the same route you walked up.
I have walked this route on many occasions in all weather, please do not be deceived by it simplicity the weather can change very quickly, always walk on a bearing and carry warm clothes and waterproofs along with quality boots.
If the weather is kind the views are as good as you will find anywhere, if the weather turns then don’t hang around get back to the car and find a nice pub.
If you want to join me for some mountain walking, to off the beaten track places, then just get in touch on 07534 387152 or using the links below;