Pen Y Fan from Storey Arms


Distance - 8.4 km
Total ascent - 529 m
Total descent - 529 m
Approx time - 3:40 hours
Highest Point - Pen Y Fan 886 m

Car park at Storey Arms, alternative Pont ar Daf


This walk climbs Pen Y Fan from the south using the tourist routes, however, we do a little detour off the tourist path to visit Tommy Jones Obelisk.

In addition to Pen Y Fan the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons the route will also tackle Corn Du.

There are decent paths throughout marking the way; with the exception of the detour to Tommy Jones Obelisk where navigation skills are required as a visible path cannot be guaranteed.

From Storey Arms car park cross the road and head up in a north easterly direction on a well defined stone path keeping a tree plantation to your right.

When the path levels off and before heading down head in a northerly direction towards Y Gyrn, the path may not be defined on the ground so use a bearing.

By the summit of Y Gyrn there will be a fence and a stile which you can use to cross the fence.

At this point there is a defined path which will take you towards Tommy Jones Obelisk. Keep checking your map and bearings as you travel to make sure you're heading in the right direction, the edge above Llyn Cwm Llwch can also be used as a handrail.

Once at the Obelisk follow the defined paths up onto Corn Du, then to Pen y Fan.

Retrace your steps back off Pen y Fan heading in a south westerly direction, keeping left at any path junctions to follow a path that goes below Corn Du summit.

At Bwlch Duwynt carry on the south westerly direction and head down the main tourist route path towards Pont ar Daf.

At Pont ar Daf you can pick up a permitted footpath, found by the car park entrance, that will take you back to Storey Arms avoiding walking on the road.