Some things we see or do are very much once-in-a-lifetime things. Although you could do this regularly, we think once, will definitely be another box ticked. This is a truly memorable hike that provides the best way to experience Pen Y Fan.

Pen Y Fan itself needs little, or no introductions being the highest Mountain in South Wales. Your route will approach Pen Y Fan from the South East giving exceptional views of your target and the Central Brecon Beacons before reaching the summit.

The route will pass waterfalls as you head up onto the mountains with the best views of glacial valleys in the area. On the way you’ll climb Fan Y Big, for that compulsory photo on the “Diving Board” and Cribyn before climbing Pen Y Fan the tough way! After Pen Y Fan you’ll visit Corn Du to see the glacier lake, before heading back to the car park along another glacier carved ridge.

The route is approximately 18km (11 miles) with a total ascent of 850m (2,800ft) and therefore a good level of fitness will be required.

Your guide is a fully qualified Mountain Leader and a Brecon Beacons Ambassador, he will show you to the less visited areas and tell you things about the area that only a Mountain Leader and Ambassador can provide!

This trip is run by Dorian Thomas, a qualified Mountain Leader based in the Brecon Beacons.

Having him on hand, and guiding you will make this a unique hiking experience. He has a thorough knowledge of the area which has been built up through research and thousands of hours hiking in the area to find those special places and things that most just walk past without noticing.

Dorian says……….

My hiking adventures are set at a relaxed pace allowing you to take in the amazing scenery, take photographs and for me to give you insights and stories of the area as we journey.

I am a qualified Mountain Leader, I hold a valid remote first aid certificate, and fully insured four your peace of mind. I am also a Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and Dark Skies Ambassador which demonstrate the level of knowledge I have in the area.”

Just remember, this is the highest mountain in the South of the UK. The terrain is rugged, rocky and mountainous so arrive prepared. You will need the correct kit. Your footwear is particularly important. If you are not used to hiking or hill-walking, then the sooner you start training the better. Your chance of success on any event like this can be greatly increased by being well prepared for the challenge ahead; mentally, physically and with the right equipment.

This is not a technical hike as such, so the summit is within reach of any reasonably fit and determined person. The route up Pen y Fan is not the usual route that many people take each day, so it is more challenging.

The Pen Y Fan From Afar walk is on Tuesday 6th October from 9:30 to 5:30pm. For details of that, go HERE

It then happens again on Tuesday 3rd November, at the same time. For details of that one, head HERE

The meeting point is the same for both walks, the Blaen Y Glyn Uchaf Car Park, Talybont-on-Usk and the cost for this fantastic day is £27.54

Dorian has also organised a one day INTRODUCTION TO NAVIGATION course.

You will start the day with a theory session before heading out into the local hills.

During the day you’ll cover:

  1. Introduction to different maps and scales
  2. Introduction to basic map features and symbols
  3. Measurement of distance on maps
  4. Calculating walking time
  5. Use of Grid References
  6. Introduction to pacing and timing
  7. Strategies for navigating a planned route
  8. Compass selection and features
  9. Methods of relocating
  10. Introduction of basic use of GPS devices

At the end of the course you will be able to plan a hike in the UK Hill and Mountains and follow it with confidence.

These happen on either Saturday 26th September from 9am HERE and again on Saturday 21st November 1t 9am HERE The cost for each of them is £32.93. The meeting point is Felinfach, Ty Glandulais, Felinfach, Brecon.

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