2.9 of 5 (18 votes)

Fan Fawr from Storey Arms

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Brecon Beacons in Powys, Wales, about 19.00km (11.81 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 561m (1840ft)
Descent 556m (1824ft)
Max. Elevation 730m (2395ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1117m (3664ft)
Start & End
Storey Arms bus stop
Distance 19.00km
Duration ~7:15h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 15 Sep 2014
From Storey Arms, you head east up to the Brecon Beacons, right? Well, that's a fine walk, but for something a little more serene, turn away from the crowds and head west to Fan Fawr and Fan Llia. The hills are just as fine - although not quite as high - and you may well get to wander among them by yourself. Buses between Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil stop at Storey Arms (not many on Sundays, unfortunately).

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Take the bus to Storey Arms.
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Head up the steep slope southwest of the car park towards Fan Fawr.
About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from
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Rarely is a peak so quickly or so steeply gained. It's a rousing start to the day.
About 0.89 km (~0.55 miles) from
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Head north-northwest from the summit, across the boggy saddle of Craig y Fro.
About 1.37 km (~0.85 miles) from
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Continue to the edge of Craig Cerrig-gleisiad, one of the distinctive steep slopes that define this corner of Wales.
About 1.13 km (~0.7 miles) from
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Pick up the Beacons Way heading southwest along the ridge.
About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from
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Head along Fan Dringarth to Fan Llia, with wonderful views south across the Welsh valleys.
About 3.40 km (~2.11 miles) from
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Head off the northern flank to the track running along the valley.
About 1.85 km (~1.15 miles) from
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The track contours along the lower slopes until you reach Nant Cwm-du. Just beyond the valley, veer right up the sharp slope.
About 2.00 km (~1.24 miles) from
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One last uphill stomp to the day's final summit, Fan Frynych. From here, pick up the ridge back round to Craig Cerrig-gleisiad.
About 1.86 km (~1.16 miles) from
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Return via the Beacons Way towards Storey Arms once more.
About 2.53 km (~1.57 miles) from
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Return to Storey Arms for the bus back home.
About 1.35 km (~0.84 miles) from

1 comment... join the discussion!

04 Jul 2019
Yes, But There Are Dull Bits...

Looks good on the map, but on the ground, not so much. The section between Fan Llia and the start of the climb up Fan Frynach is a long tedious slog down across rough ground, followed by walking along the track which is seriously eroded and with lots of loose rocks and stones. Nant Cwm-Du is very pretty though.

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