New For 2020 -Sunrise on the Highest Mountain in Southern Britain – Pen y Fan. Described by some as a must do Wales experience – walk to the top of South Wales’ highest peak, Pen Y Fan. Experience the thrill of walking 886m up Pen Y Fan to reach the summit at 6am (depending on the time of year) as the sun rises over the breath taking peaks of Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park. An exhilarating walk to reach the summit with a small toast of celebration as the sun climbs above the horizon to hail in the new day!
Pen Y Fan Details
The Brecon Beacons National Park was established in 1957, the third of the three Welsh parks after Snowdonia in 1951 and the Pembrokeshire Coast in 1952. It stretches from Llandeilo in the west to Hay-on-Wye in the northeast covering 519 square miles (1,340 km2) .
The western half gained European and global status in 2005 as Fforest Fawr Geopark. This includes the Black Mountain, the historic extent of Fforest Fawr, and much of Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) and surrounding lowlands. The entire national park achieved the status of being an International Dark Sky Reserve in February 2013.
The Pen Y Fan Walk
The walk takes approximately 3 hours to 4 hours depending on the group size and how long we wish to stay at the summit, explore and sample the unique atmosphere! The walk to the top is along a well defined footpath, albeit steep in places. A reasonable degree of fitness is required as it can take approximately 1 hour to reach the summit. However this is achievable for most people if they just take it slowly. The effort is well worth it!
Finish off with a hot drink and a traditional Welsh cake as the sun rises above the horizon!
Start and finish times will vary depending on the time of year. Weather conditions will also vary from season to season and day to day.