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Circuit in Central Beacons, including Fan y Big

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Brecon Beacons in Powys, Wales, about 10.48km (6.51 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 290m (951ft)
Loss 276m (905ft)
Max. Elevation 730m (2395ft)
Elevation (total) 566m (1856ft)
Start & End
Distance 10.48km
Duration ~4:00
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by patrikG on 07 Jun 2007
From Blaen-y-glyn, along Craig y Fan Ddu, to Fan y Big, and return past the Upper Neuadd Reservoir and Taf Fechan Forest. The Beacons Bus, which runs on Sundays from March to October, stops at Torpantau, between Pontsticill and Talybont-on-Usk. For winter walks, use the route that starts from the Storey Arms centre. NB: This walk is directly taken from the Ramblers Association Website: http://www.welshwalks.info

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid SO056176
From the bus stop, follow the right-hand bank of the stream climbing past an attractive waterfall, and continuing up the steep ascent to gain the top at Craig y Fan Ddu. Follow the eastern edge of this escarpment on a well marked path until it reaches the northern edge of the escarpment.
Northern Edge of Brecon Beacons Escarpement About 3.08 km (~1.91 miles) from
OS Grid SO057206
Follow this escarpment westwards admiring the magnificent views to the north. Pass Fan y Big, and then descend to the col.
On to Bwlch ar y Fan About 2.55 km (~1.58 miles) from
OS Grid SO032206
Walk south on the bridleway, until you come to the small Nant. This is quite an attractive valley in places. Descend to roadway, mainly to admire the filter houses, which are substantially built in stone, and are typical of this sort of architecture.
From Bwll ar y Fan to Filter House About 2.60 km (~1.62 miles) from
OS Grid SO032180
Follow the road for about half a mile, and then branch off left on the forest track through the Taf Fechan forest for about one mile. It emerges on the road, near the entrance to a railway tunnel, which comes out further on in the forest on the other side of the mountain. Follow the road the short d
End of the route About 2.25 km (~1.4 miles) from
OS Grid SO054175
The last bit - catch a bus from here.

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