Hiking up Pen Y Fan - Brecon Beacons

  • April 26, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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CHECKLIST:
> Directions & location for start of walk

> Timings, allow 2 hours from Bath/Chippenham

> Transport (I've lost track or who's going with who - make sure you know!)

> OS Explorer Map OL12 if you have one (& compass)

> Clothing (waterproof) and Footwear (expect some occasional showers, one or two may be heavy, but it's looking pretty good overall for walking) - may be some mud

> Bring dry clothes/shoes for journey home

> Food and Fluids (last chance to buy is Brecon, but Crickhowell is a very convenient stop, also useful for the Loo!) - but, best to sort on Friday. It's a long day, including drive home - at least 2 litres + more food is better than not enough :-)

> Fitness! Read the hike description again - be certain! It' a big group and it's best if we don't spread out.

> £6.40 to enter Wales, but free to leave

> Text me (your name) before 9am Saturday morning if you cancel[masked]

> I'll be wearing something red, and stood by a black Astra.  See you there.

An energetic day's hiking (hiking, not ambling!) up and round the sensational Beacon's ridge.

We will walk a circle from a car park 3km south of Brecon town, eastwards across the valley mouths, then up along the Cefn Cyff ridge to Fan Y Big - Cribyn - Pen Y Fan - Corn Du and back down via Cwm Llwch.

The entire hike is around 21 km/13 miles and should take about 5 hours, plus picnic time!! That's a good pace for the hills.  There are opportunities for a couple of short-cuts.

In April the ground should be reasonably firm, but in the valleys we can expect some mud. Trail shoes are as good as walking boots. However, it gets steep (up and down) in places so you will need to be sturdy on your legs, not have dodgy knees, and have reasonable stamina. Which is why sandwiches, chocolate, fruit etc, and at least 2 litres of water are essential.  5 hours walking, with 4 peaks, is hard work if you've never done this before, or are not fit!  If you have an OS Explorer Map "OL12" then please bring it.

Meeting Point
The second car park on the right 3km south of Brecon.  Grid ref SO[masked], or X:302488, Y:224858.  Just go to this website and enter the grid ref, or X,Y coordinates: http://gridreferencefinder.com  or, click on the "Car Park" link above (zoom in/out as necessary)

Directions
Head East from Abergavenny on the A40.
Take the dual carriageway bypassing Brecon to the South.
At the western end of the town, at the roundabout where the A470 splits from the A40 - take the third exit, and start driving back into Brecon on the B4601.
It is 1/2km to the right-hand turn you're looking for.  Over the bridge, through the lights and it's a sharp right turn into Ffrwdgrech Rd.  The turn is just before a pub on your left, which I think is called the Rovers Arms.
1 km along this road, just after you have crossed a stone bridge, the road splits into 3.  Take the left-hand road!!
After another 2km the road will turn 90degrees to the right, at a cattle grid and narrow gate.  Go straight-ahead over the grid, and through the gate.  After a few hundred yards up the hill you'll see a small car park on the right, amongst the trees, ignore this and after 100yds more you'll see a bigger, more open car park.  This is where we'll meet.

Allow at least 2 hour's drive from Bath and we'll aim to start walking as close to 10:30 as possible. You should get home before 7pm.

Please use the messages to arrange lift-shares (petrol, toll charges); and also remember the "bad weather" check on Friday evening (25th). I'll be driving from Calne, through Chippenham to the M4. Look forward to seeing a healthy crowd there.

 

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  • Caroline Kuhn H

    It was a great journey!!! Thank you so much for organising it and taking so good care of us the "slow walkers". I really enjoy the people, the nature although she was a bit rough to us, but still I enjoyed it. Hoping to do much more hiking, walking, climbing and also gathering.

    2 · April 26, 2014

    • Hilary G.

      My fault for leading Caroline astray! And ripping a hole in her coat....:-(

      1 · May 1, 2014

    • Caroline Kuhn H

      Noooo! No ones fault. We did a great team work to safa me and I did a good patch work to fix my coat! :) Looking forward for another walk with you

      1 · May 1, 2014

  • Graham

    Thank you, Steve, for organising and leading this hike.

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Nigel

    An excellent walk in challenging conditions. Steve looked after everyone in the group very well

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Adele W.

    This was a fantastic day. Steve planned the hike really well. Clear meet-up instructions, good communication and a great group of friendly people. I felt safe and the hike pushed my physical strength. I took a detour with a splinter group avoiding two extra peaks which was a relief, as we were running behind schedule and the weather at the top of Fan-Y-Big was stormy, cold, unpredictable and very wet. I would definitely do another trek and am looking to do one in June. In the meantime I'm going to work on my stamina and carry on with my jogging to build up my leg strength. Hopefully by then I'll be able to keep up with Steve. Many Thanks for organising. A great day spent with great people.

    3 · April 27, 2014

  • Dexter H.

    absolutely fantastic. it really was a great day out to meet lots of great people. the weather was pretty bad around the peaks but it was such good company that it didn't really matter. there was an alternative for people not up for the whole hike which worked out really well allowing all to really enjoy themselves. steve was great, and we didn't have a single problem with the route, plus he was more than happy to help out in finding the start. i would definitely recommend it, and definitely do it again :) thanks steve for allowing it to happen. and it was a pleasure to meet everyone, and will hopefully see you all at a future hike :)

    3 · April 26, 2014

    • Caroline Kuhn H

      Steve was really incredible and so helpful. He knows about hiking!

      1 · April 26, 2014

  • Claire O

    Met lovely people and very glad I went. Thank you Very much Steve and all!

    2 · April 26, 2014

  • Steve G.

    Thanks for coming everyone; typical Beacons weather - rain, hail, hurricane winds, and sun burn!! Overall we were very lucky to stay dry - or was that get dry in the wind? Hope you all got home safely, and are now enjoying wine/beer etc… I am!

    See you on another walk, or meet up soon.

    3 · April 26, 2014

  • odette

    hi steve, sorry know its a bit late but myself and bev wont now be coming. hope you all enjoy the walk and hope to do one in the near future.

    April 26, 2014

    • Steve G.

      Ok, thanks for letting me know - enjoy your weekend and see you soon

      April 26, 2014

  • Graham

    Currently I am planning to car share with Nigel and Andres, probably meeting up in Fishponds at about 0845.

    April 23, 2014

    • Hilary G.

      Confusing. Didn't see a response, Graham, but never mind, I am bringing Nina and Laura. See you there!

      April 25, 2014

    • Graham

      Hilary, I sent you a message which should have gone to the email address you have registered with Meetup, rather than add a comment here.

      April 25, 2014

  • Steve G.

    Please use the two links above "Car Park" and "Edit map" to find the meeting point, but please, do not move the pointer and/or save; it's happened already :-(

    I've just re-set the point and it is accurate on both maps. The "Edit map" link starts off showing Brecon - just zoom in to find the route and car park, but do not click "save"!! Cheers.

    April 25, 2014

  • Nigel

    I heard nothing from Hilary so I made other arrangements

    April 25, 2014

    • Hilary G.

      Hi Nigel! I sent you an email last Friday saying could you get down to Tesco's....guess you didn't get it, I didn't get a reply.

      April 25, 2014

  • Graham

    Bringing warm hats and gloves would be sensible as it could be a bit chilly in the wind. Leaving some extra water and food in the car for the end of the walk might be a good idea too.

    2 · April 25, 2014

  • Adele W.

    Hi Caroline, If Sian can make it I think she said that she wld drive herself. My friend and I have managed to bag a lift with Dexter- which is fantastic news. He mentioned he has an extra space in his car. Unless you've got one now with Pablo. Very excited and hope to meet you tomorrow. Adele

    April 25, 2014

    • Dexter H.

      Hi Caroline, i can't seem to get hold of you on your phone, I still have space so if you call me on[masked] and we can arrange....

      April 25, 2014

    • Dexter H.

      Hi Caroline, i can't seem to get hold of you on your phone, I still have space so if you call me on[masked] and we can arrange....

      April 25, 2014

  • Sian

    Hi all, sorry for the delay in getting back to people. Like you Adele, it's been a hectic week in work. I may also need to go to Dartmoor this weekend, last minute (on a school trip). I'll know for sure tomorrow but rather than mess anyone aroundfurther, I'll drive myself on Saturday if I am still able to make it. I may also go on to family in Wales then afterwards. Hopefully I'll get to meet you all on Sat.

    April 24, 2014

    • Pablo H.

      Hi Sian. If you still want a lift let me know since I have to drive through Bath. [masked]

      April 25, 2014

  • Steve G.

    CHECKLIST:
    > Directions & location for start of walk
    > Timings, allow 2 hours from Bath/Chippenham
    > Transport (I see lifts are getting organised; if you need a lift, and haven't arranged anything yet, make sure you place a message here)
    > OS Explorer Map OL12 if you have one (& compass)
    > Clothing (waterproof) and Footwear (expect some occasional showers, one or two may be heavy, but it's looking pretty good overall for walking) - may be some mud
    > Bring dry clothes/shoes for journey home
    > Food and Fluids (last chance to buy is Brecon, but Crickhowell is a very convenient stop, also useful for the Loo!) - but, best to sort on Friday. It's a long day, including drive home - at least 2 litres + more food is better than not enough :-)
    > Fitness! Read the hike description again - be certain! It' a big group and it's best if we don't spread out.
    > £6.40 to enter Wales, but free to leave
    > Text me (your name) before 9am Saturday morning if you cancel[masked]

    April 24, 2014

    • Pablo H.

      Hi Steve. Are you ok with bringing the dog to the walk?

      April 25, 2014

    • Steve G.

      Yes, I like dogs :-), but it will be at your own risk. We do go through a farm that usually has sheep, so I'm not sure what the rules are. It may involve you in a detour? Once we're up on the hills, it's fine, I see people up there with their dogs all the time - off the lead.

      April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to go - but have no car. Anyone passing through Bath?

    March 20, 2014

    • Caroline Kuhn H

      pablo I need a lift from Bath. I have not received any answer from the other 2 people who maybe could. I done want to miss thw trip. Could I go with you?

      April 25, 2014

    • Pablo H.

      Yes where can I pick you up from?my mobile is[masked]

      April 25, 2014

  • Adele W.

    Ps if Sian not going or driving herself then Caroline I cld give you a lift. Planning on leaving early so that I can have a rest before the trek. Prob leave about 7.45 x

    April 24, 2014

    • Dexter H.

      carolin have you found a lift yet?i still have a space in my car with adele and her friend

      April 25, 2014

    • Caroline Kuhn H

      No I have not. So I will take your lift. My number is 07975866887. Where shall we meet and at what time?

      April 25, 2014

  • Adele W.

    Paula- as per the message below. I have a lift with Dexter now. Although Caroline is looking for a lift. Many thanks for getting back to me Adele

    April 25, 2014

  • Dexter H.

    hi, i also am a late rsvp, and will be travelling from bath. currently no other passengers if anyone wants a lift....

    April 24, 2014

    • Adele W.

      Me and my friend are coming and are also from Bath. I would prefer not to drive- could we share with you? That's if you still have space. It seems madness so many of us driving from Bath with so much space available? No worries if not. Sian don't worry at all, sympathise with the hectic work schedules. Hope to meet you on Saturday permitting. Regards Adele

      April 24, 2014

    • Dexter H.

      hi adele, yes that is fine. where do you want picking up from? if you give me a call on[masked] we can arrange the details if you prefer :)

      April 25, 2014

  • Paula L

    will be driving from Bath if anyone needs a lift at this late stage

    April 24, 2014

    • Adele W.

      If Dexter's car is full- like I mentioned above, me plus one would be very happy to share a lift with you also. I Haven't walked/trekked so far in a while and am quite anxious of the drive there and back on top. Many thanks X

      April 24, 2014

    • Paula L

      Hi Adele No problem but please tell me if you want a lift before 7 pm today

      April 25, 2014

  • Adele W.

    I'm getting excited as well and looking forward to meeting everyone. Regards Adele

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Steve G.

    Hi Everyone! Looking good for the weekend, and I'm getting excited now (I need a break from the computer, and some fresh air).

    You can take a man out of the Air Force, but you can't take the …etc, hence my last minute checklist in my next posting below:

    I shall be wearing something RED (hat, jacket, fleece or shirt) and stood by Black Vauxhall Astra in the Car Park looking all "leaderish". See you there.

    April 24, 2014

  • Adele W.

    I'm defo driving from Bath. Sian- haven't heard back from you so text me either way if you want a lift or not. Regards Adele

    April 24, 2014

  • Adele W.

    Hi Sian, apologies for not calling back, today's been really busy and I've only just found time to catch up. I'm actually thinking of staying in a B&B the night before. Can anyone recommend one? If not then I'm still driving there and back in a day. Can I get back to you tomorrow with exact confirmation? Thanks Adele

    April 22, 2014

    • Caroline Kuhn H

      adele are you driving from Bath or did you found a B&B?

      April 24, 2014

  • Claire O

    Hi, I haven't done a walk like this in Bristol before and haven't been to the Beacons before either but it sounds great! I could possibly drive but would prefer to car share if any lifts still available going from Bristol? Thanks very much!

    April 24, 2014

    • Graham

      Hi Claire, I have one more space.

      April 24, 2014

  • Adele W.

    Hi Sian, thanks for getting in contact again and apologies for not calling (it's been one of those days)! Im

    April 22, 2014

  • Adele W.

    Hi Caroline- did you call me yesterday? I've been away and only just got back. If it was you I will call tomorrow. If it wasn't you then I may have a full car now. Thanks

    April 21, 2014

    • Sian

      Adele, I called you on Satruday but if people are struggling for transport then I can drive and take some passangers. As long as they don't mind navigating.

      April 22, 2014

    • Caroline Kuhn H

      Jajajaja!! I don't mind it all. It is my normal status :) just let me know if you can so I can make plans. Cheers!

      April 22, 2014

  • Hilary G.

    Great Nigel, let's speak nearer the time.

    March 11, 2014

    • Adele W.

      I can also offer a car share from Bath....

      1 · March 11, 2014

    • Caroline Kuhn H

      Hi Adele, do yiu still have a space available? I am in Bath. Let me know please :-)

      April 21, 2014

  • Graham

    Looking to lift share - I live near Radstock so can travel via Bath or Bristol.

    April 16, 2014

    • andres M.

      Hi Graham, we met at a Bristol city walk a couple of months ago. I just returned to Bristol and saw this event, if you still have a space in your car I would rather share the trip than take my own car. Let me know, I live near the Downs but we could meet in another place so that you do not need to go into the city.

      April 21, 2014

  • Adele W.

    I'm still planning on going and at the moment only have one extra person with me in the car. If anyone needs a lift my mobile is[masked]- call me and we can arrange lift etc. I'm in Weston side of Bath. Many thanks Adele

    1 · April 17, 2014

    • Caroline Kuhn H

      Hi Adele, do you still have a place in your car available?

      April 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Adele, do you still have a final seat? Thanks for your earlier message - I just saw it as I haven't logged into Meetup for a week or so!

      April 20, 2014

  • Phil C.

    I can lift share from Westbury on Trym

    March 13, 2014

    • Charlotte E.

      I think it might be my turn to drive Phil!

      March 13, 2014

    • Charlotte E.

      Hi Phil, haven't heard back from you, which is OK as have to pull out. Am gutted, but just not gonna be OK in time. Thought I'd let you know as soon as I had decided.

      April 19, 2014

  • Charlotte E.

    Gutted, but have pulled a muscle in my back and really not up to walking 13 miles in pain. So cross, as was really looking forward to this, but thought I'd change my RSVP now as it's unlike it will be 100% by next week. I bet it will be great!

    April 19, 2014

  • Caroline Kuhn H

    Halo to all! I would like to go to this trip. I am in Bath. Is there someone driving from here or near that would give a lift? Sharing petrol is fine with me :-) hope to here from some someone soon

    April 18, 2014

  • Sian

    Hi guys,

    It seems there are a lot of you driving from Bath for this one. Are there any spaces left to car share? I live in Odd Down but am happy to get to somewhere else for a more conveninet pick up.

    I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you all.

    Sian

    April 18, 2014

  • Nigel

    Hi Hilary. Are you still up for lift sharing ?

    April 17, 2014

  • Steve G.

    Unlike last year's hike in cloud, rain and gale force winds - my bunions are telling me this year is looking benign. So, shirt sleeves, suntan lotion and cameras, and maybe 3 litres of water/tea :-)

    I just want to underline (as the date approaches); if you cannot attend, then please amend your RSVP status, because it's a long way to drive and then wait for someone who isn't coming.

    I will check my phone for last-minute messages [masked]) as I pass Abergavenny, so, if you're stuck on the day, or ill etc, make sure I get a text before 09am, otherwise I will miss it. (please don't call just for a "chat", I'll be driving!)

    Cheers - looking forward to it.

    Bit of training? (if you like) this Saturday 19th - quickish 10 1/2 mile hike from Burrington Combe: http://www.meetup.com/The-Bath-Everything-Meetup-Group/events/169767012/

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Adele W.

    Heather - I'm driving up from Bath with my friend Kirsten in the morning. You are more than welcome to join us.

    April 14, 2014

  • Nigel

    Hi Hilary. I'd like to car share with you

    March 11, 2014

  • Hilary G.

    Car share offered from Bristol!

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Claire G.

    I can't make this Im afraid - I am going to the Exeter Food Festival. Looks fun, if a little 'testing' for me too!

    1 · March 9, 2014

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