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Easter Bank Hol: Brecon Beacons National Park & Southern Britain's Highest Peak!

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  • Escape with us for a weekend of hiking in the natural beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park to climb the breathtaking Pen y Fan and it's twin peak of Corn Du.

    Pen y Fan, from Cribyn Robert J Heath

    The spectacular Pen y Fan mountain at 886 meters is the highest peak in Southern Britain, it's twin peak Corn Du, is just slightly lower at 872. As well as Pen y Fan we'll be taking in Fan Frynych a smaller (629m) peak in the Craig Cerrig Glacial area. Fan Frynych is just as beautiful as Pen y Fan but is more off the beaten track, and there's a triangulation point on the top!

    Both days hikes offer awe inspiring scenery, here in the Brecon Beacons the outstanding landscapes of hills, mountains, woods and heathland make the 520 square miles national park famous as the highlight of Wales.

    Fan and Cribyn, Les Haines,

    We'll be staying in a hostel converted from a cosy 19th Century farmhouse. The farmhouse has 15 acres of woodland grounds with amazing views across the national park and overlooks the river Tarel.

    We will visit the local village (and pub) of Tai'r Bull, and pop into Brecon Town for drinks, there are also many waterfalls in the area, and we will take in as many as we can on our routes

    These are adventurous hikes, but you do not have to be a complete superhero to climb them, we will be taking a gradual ascent path to Pen y Fan which many people walk every year, and as the peaks are conjoined you only have to climb up once. However you should expect steep ascents and drops in places and there may be elements of scrambling at the top. You must be in good physical fitness and be able comfortably run 100m for a bus to take part. If you have knee, ankle or hip issues this is not the trip for you.

    Pen Y Fan All Sky, Les Haines,

    Top: Pen y Fan, Florian Laguntzaile,

    Please be aware these are new routes so I can not predict the terrain exactly. We will be route finding on a set route. I have six years experience leading hikes, and a lifetime of experience walking. However if you are not able to be patient with the map reading and route finding of the set route please come on a different trip. You need to be up for exploring* and as all good hikers know (*exploring may involve getting a little bit lost!)

    You are welcome to put your name down if you are interested in joining this trip however only payment guarantees your place on this trip.

    Pen y Fan ,“David”,


    Day One

    We arrive at our accommodation a converted Victorian Villa facing the coast in time for a drink with the group and a chance to get to know everybody .

    Day Two

    Pen y Fan Hike 886m aprox 10 miles, Supper Club dinner at our Hostel

    Day Three

    Fan Frynych Hike, aprox 9 miles, dinner at Tai'r Bull and evening drinks at Brecon

    Day Four

    Shorter Hike in the foothills, with lunch at local pub before leaving in the early afternoon for our return to London.

    Pen y Fan, David Evans,


    Accommodation is in a converted farmhouse in it's own 15 acre grounds. Rooms are shared between 4 or 6 people.

    Food & Drink

    The hostel serves hot & cold food at reasonable prices, as well as Brecon Brewery ales, perfect for relaxing after a day up the mountain! If you want to bring food with you there is a self catering kitchen with fridges you can use for storage.


    Accommodation Friday, Saturday and Sunday Night

    Guided Hikes on days Saturday, Sunday and Monday

    Breakfast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

    Packed Lunch on Sunday 

    Not Included

    Pub/Hostel Dinners

    Local Taxi's/buses to and from local pub and Brecon

    Packed Lunch on Saturday and Monday*

    *The hostel packed lunch is tasty but the selection can become repetitive. Please pick up your lunch for Saturday during your journey in on the Friday, which you can store overnight in the hostels self catering kitchen (we will make a stop for this on route if you are in the minibus). We will stop for lunch on Monday at the local pub before we leave on route on our last walk. If you forget your lunch you can still buy a packed lunch at the hostel, you can also bring food for lunches on the other days if you don't like pub food. 

    Pen y Fan, Gareth Patterson,


    You can make your own way there as long as you arrive before 9.30pm, or book a place in the Minibus for £65.00. The minibus leaves from Colliers Wood on the Northern Line at 2.30pm.

    Exact meeting point will be sent to paid RSVP's to the e mail your MeetUp account is registered to late evening on the night before the event.

    Please use the message board to advertise car sharing if you have free seats and want to share petrol costs.

    For public transport you can get a train or the cheaper option of the National Express Coach to Cardiff.

    From Cardiff get on the T4 Bus this bus goes all the way up through Brecon to Newtown. It stops right at the driveway of the Hostel, you should ask for the youth hostel just out of Brecon, on the timetable the stop is called Llwyn y Celyn, it takes 1.5 hrs from Cardiff and is about £10.00.

    If you are not coming in the minibus you must arrive by 9.30pm.

    I have one discounted place if you can help with driving the minibus (Standard Driving Licence). Send me a personal e mail for details.

    Things to bring:

    Water bottles of at least 1 litre capacity, I recommend bringing a “Camel Back” or other sports water reservoir

    Cash for pub etc

    Hiking munchies


    Food for your packed lunch on Saturday


    You should check the weather before we leave an come prepared with suitable layered clothing. Bear in mind that it will be significantly colder at the top of the mountain than the bottom, come prepared for the possibility that there may be snow on the top at Easter.

    Bring layered clothing including;

    Waterproof Jacket

    Warm Fleece


    Waterproof trousers are not essential but are recommended

    Hiking Boots/Shoes with a good grip


    Your safety is of primary importance, conditions for hiking will be risk assessed before the start and during the hike and appropriate re routing taken if necessary. Catherine will be leading this hike who as well as being an experienced hike leader is qualified in and has much experience of assessing health and safety.



    Add £65.00 if you want a place in the minibus.

    Click here to pay add a note to the second screen with the event name and your Meetup User name

    or pay by BACS, (if paying by BACS drop us a line so we can link your payment to your place use the specific event name and your Meetup User name as reference.

    C Baker


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    Our events are publicised across four groups, therefore availability may be less than reflected in the numbers here. You are welcome to put your name down if you are interested in joining this trip however unpaid RSVP's can be removed at any time, pay at first RSVP to avoid disappointment.

    How to get off the waiting list?! If you are on the waiting list and a place becomes available, remove your RSVP from the waiting list completely, then remark your RSVP as yes, if payment is required and you wish to pay by bank transfer, pay, then e mail the event organiser who will add you to the yes RSVP's


    - You must be able to at least run 100 meters for a bus to join any of our events

    - Always check the group website for live updates to meeting point and directions before leaving for an event!

    - As the majority of our members come by themselves you can only bring a maximum of two guests to our events

    - You will be required to fill in a next of kin form, if you don't want to do this we are unable to take you on the event.

    - Deposits and payments will be passed to a third party and are non refundable

    - You can not resell a place if only deposit is made

    - If full payment has been made and you are unable to attend you can however offer your place for sale to a group member of the same gender

    - In the unlikely event that the trip is cancelled you will be refunded in full


    Plan your Journey to this MeetUp here: TFL Journey Planner

    Worried about coming on your own? More on walking pace, and questions about distance, footwear, weather, return train times or safety? Refer to our frequently asked questions on the Message Board (under discussions).


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    Pen y Fan, Steve Watkins,

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