In the centre of Wales lies Brecon Beacons National Park, which contains a mountain range of the same name (Brecon Beacons). One of these mountains is Pen y Fan.
Pen y Fan is the highest mountain in central and southern Wales. It sits just southeast of the town of Brecon, which is related to the name of the National Park. Brecon Beacons refers to these peaks. Like we see in Lord of the Rings, there was an ancient practice of sending messages via signal fires on the tops of the mountains to warn of invaders.
Our hike started and ended in the Neuadd car park, which is provided by the National Trust. It is a 24-hour car park that is unpaved and is at the end of the valley to the south. From there the trail begins to ascend. The majority of the trail is over uneven stones, so unfortunately this trail is not accessible. It also has steep slopes, especially if you go up to the peak; make sure you can climb slopes as well.
It is approximately 8 miles (approximately 13 kilometres) to go from the car park to the peak. It took us approximately 4.5 hours to complete this journey; we also stopped to have a bit of a picnic and to take photos. In other words it could be done faster. There was also someone with us in the late stages of recovering from an Achilles tendon injury, so we went slower for him.
Want more Welsh adventures? Let’s go Travelling the World together. On the map, Zoom into Wales and you will see more to choose from =)