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The Brecon Beacons' big three from Storey Arms

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Brecon Beacons in Powys, Wales, about 14.74km (9.16 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:30. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 748m (2454ft)
Loss 752m (2467ft)
Max. Elevation 840m (2755ft)
Elevation (total) 1500m (4921ft)
Start & End
Storey Arms centre
Distance 14.74km
Duration ~5:30
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 09 Aug 2010
For many people, the three peaks of Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn define the Brecon Beacons. There's several ways to tackle the hills, but I think the finest is from the Storey Arms centre on the A470. Buses between Merthyr Tydfil and Brecon all stop here, so there's reall no excuse for using the car. This route heads up to Corn Du on the Y Gyrn path and follows the main ridge path, before dropping down to Upper Neuadd Reservoir and the narrow Rhiw yr Ysgyfarnog.

Walk Functions


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★★★★★ ★★★★★
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Walk Map


OS Grid SN983202
Pick up the footpath just next to the centre car park. Follow the path as it climbs steadily on to Y Gyrn.
Craig Cwm Llwch About 2.19 km (~1.36 miles) from
OS Grid SN998218
The path curves round near the summit to join the path from Pen Milan. Follow Craig Cwm Llwch towards Corn Du.
Corn Du About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
OS Grid SO007211
First summit of the day is Corn Du at 873m.
Pen y Fan About 0.53 km (~0.33 miles) from
OS Grid SO012213
It's a short hop from Corn Du to Pen y Fan, the day's highest point at 886m. Classic high-level walking.
Cribyn About 1.18 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid SO023213
Head along Craig Cwm Sere to the summit of Cribyn. Continue along beyond the summit, with Craig Cwm Cynwyn as your guide.
Bwlch ar y Fan About 1.06 km (~0.66 miles) from
OS Grid SO032205
At the drop between Cribyn and Fan y Big, you can choose to take in the fourth top or follow the bridleway down to the reservoir.
Filter House About 2.62 km (~1.63 miles) from
OS Grid SO031179
Cross the dam at the southern end of the Lower Neuadd Reservoir and take the path heading steeply up the opposite bank of the valley. It's a fair old slog - 200m of height to gain.
Graig Fan Du About 1.24 km (~0.77 miles) from
OS Grid SO019184
More ridge walking to finish off. Head northwest along Graig Fan Du and the narrow Rhiw yr Ysgyfarnog.
Bwlch Duwynt About 2.85 km (~1.77 miles) from
OS Grid SO005208
At the dip before Corn Du, take the path heading southwest down the slope towards the road.
Back to Storey Arms About 1.99 km (~1.24 miles) from
OS Grid SN988198
The path comes down on the opposite side of the conifer plantation, so walk the last few steps back to the bus stop.

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