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Walking the Brecon Beacons - 8 Welsh Fans

Updated: Mar 26

Walking the Brecon Beacons - 8 Welsh Fans

Before we start let's have a quick Welsh language lesson. The letter F in Welsh is actually pronounced as a V sound in English. Fan means place, region, spot or summit.

The Brecon Beacons National Park covers a large area of south and mid-Wales. It contains many adventure routes to a range of mountains and fans.

We covered the Welsh Three Peaks challenge in a separate post here but there are lots of other awesome adventures you can achieve if you have completed the three peaks or if you are looking for something a bit different.

I am a member of the Walking The Brecon Beacons group on Facebook and the admins teamed up with Mountain Rescue to raise vital funds by offering a map wall chart of eight summits that we are ticking off.

At the time of posting this, we have not yet completed them all but will update this post as we go so be sure to check back or join the mailing list to receive monthly updates straight to your inbox.

Here are all the details you need to adventure the 8 Welsh Fans yourself and updates on our progress so far.

The following table of information covers these headings:

  • Name of the peak.

  • OS Map.

  • Recommended Grade.

  • Start Grid.

  • Peak Grid.

  • Start Height - m.

  • Peak Height - m.

  • Climb Height - m.

  • Total Walk - km.

8 Welsh Fans - Hill Bagging

Fan Nedd, OL12, Moderate, SN896222, SN913184, 172, 663, 491, 11km.

Summit 25 March 2018. A lovely relatively easy hike compared to others in this list in the Fforest Fawr region of the Brecon Beacons national park.

Cribyn, OL12, Moderate, SO024248, SO023213, 280, 795, 515, 9.4km.

To be climbed.

Fan Frynych, OL12, Moderate, SN958228, SN958228, 114, 629, 515, 13km.

To be climbed.

Fan y Big, OL12, Moderate, SO56176, SO036207, 158, 719, 561, 13.8km.

To be climbed.

Fan Fawr, OL12, Moderate, SN971222, SN970193, 158, 734, 576, 10.6km.

Summit 12 May 2018. The route advice from Ordnance Survey classes this route as moderate but I would say it is one of the tougher routes. There is no easy well maintained path unless you approach from the Llyn y Fan Fach route.

You can read more about Llyn y Fan Fach here.

The Fan Fawr trek is rough, steep and hard going. Suitable clothing, footwear and trekking poles are recommended. However, the climb is worth the effort and views which are breathtaking so be sure to pick a good clear day to enjoy the scenery at its best.

Corn Du, OL12, Moderate, SO024248, SO007213, 280, 873, 593,


To be climbed.

Although the path to Corn Du feeds off the same Pont yr Daf route to Pen Y Fan, I did not actually go up to the Corn Du summit when I climbed Pen y Fan, so it is still on my list to complete.

Pen y Fan, OL12, Moderate, SO024248, SO012216, 280, 886, 606, 8.1km.

Summit 13 August 2017. The highest mountain in South Wales and an extremely popular climb and route. There is a well maintained, clear footpath and you can read more about Pen y Fan in our Welsh Three Peaks post.

Fan Brycheiniog, OL12, Moderate, SN798238, SN82518, 73, 800, 727, 13km.

Summit 12 May 2018. See Fan Fawr above.

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