Pen y Fan

Pen y Fan

from Neuadd Reservoir

Location: Wales, South

Area: The Brecon Beacons

left: Pen y Fan and Corn Du from Cribyn


Mountain Statistics


Summit Height

Summit Grid Reference



English Translation

Corn Du

873 m / 2,863 feet

SO 007213


Corn dee

Black Horn

Pen y Fan

886 m / 2,906 feet

SO 012215


Pen e Van

Top of the Beacon


795 m / 2,608 feet

SO 023212





Route Summary

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Route Distance

Total Ascent

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Neuadd Reservoir - SO 035173

Explorer OL11 (1:25,000). The Brecon Beacons - Central

12.3 km / 7.7 miles

736 m / 2,415 feet

5 - 6 hours

Care required in poor visibility at Bwlch Duwynt to find correct path to Corn Du



Moderate with loose descents off Pen y Fan and Cribyn


Route Description


Park your car at the junction of the road and a track just short of the Neuadd Reservoir. There are plenty of places to park along the road and space is not normally a problem so early arrival is not essential.





6.4 kilometres

589 metres

Walk down the road to the Pump House building, turn left here and cross the reservoir's outflow. Once across head half right towards a stile that crosses the fence that surrounds the reservoir. Once over the stile follow the clear path as it climbs, virtually directly up the valley side on ground that is by parts good and boggy. As you reach the top you will see a cutting and the path gains the top of Craig Fan Ddu through this cutting. Turn right and follow the edge of the "summit" plateau climbing gently until the plateau narrows down to a quite narrow ridge. Follow this ridge for a bit over a mile until you meet the Storey Arms path coming in from the left. Turn right and follow this path the short distance to the summit of Corn Du. Keeping the edge on your left drop down to the small bwlch before re-ascending the equally short distance to the summit of Pen y Fan.





2.7 kilometres

133 metres

Descend to the south east down a badly eroded path to a col where there is a junction of paths. Take the left path and begin the climb (the right hand path contours round Cribyn) up to the summit of Cribyn. Descend the other side down a steep path to the col at Bwlch ar y Fan where an obvious track crosses your path.





3.3 kilometres

14 metres

Turn right here and descend down an obvious track past the Upper Reservoir. As you approach a wood you will need to cross some gullies that can be quite boggy after a lot of rain. When you reach the corner of the wood follow the track the short distance back to where you left your car.


Suitability for Dogs

Availability of Drinking Water

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Unsuitable Terrain (Rock) - Click here for an explanation, opens new page


Awkward Stiles

Other Comments

Not normally an issue

Boggy ground on the ascent and in places on the ridge

No scrambling or awkward/dangerous moves for dogs, no sharp rocks. Can be loose rock near the edges




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