3.4 of 5 (5 votes)

Pen Y Fan Horseshoe

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Brecon Beacons starting and finishing in Powys, Wales, about 16.20km (10.07 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 530m (1738ft)
Descent 831m (2726ft)
Max. Elevation 850m (2788ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1361m (4464ft)
Storey Arms
Llanfrynach, Brecon, Powys, Wales
Distance 16.20km
Duration ~6:15h
Created by Trevor Stinton on 26 Aug 2011
This is a demanding walking on very good qualitiy paths affording fine views over the Brecon Beacons. It is not to be undertaken without food, water and waterproofs, as a minimum. A weather forecast should be obtained. The Precipice on the north edge is awesome, beware of the lip crumbling, and avoid it in bad weather.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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OS Grid SN981203
On the bus route between Merthyr Tydfil and Brecon. Now an Activity Centre, formerly the site of a coaching inn.
OS Grid SN989218
Take the quality path up the north side of the centre to Corn Du.
About 1.68 km (~1.04 miles) from
OS Grid SO007212
Corn Du summit
About 1.87 km (~1.16 miles) from
OS Grid SO011215
The highest point in the Brecon Beacons, affording superb views.
About 0.56 km (~0.35 miles) from
OS Grid SO023212
The next point along the ridge But can be bypassed direct to number 6 for less active people.
About 1.21 km (~0.75 miles) from
OS Grid SO031205
This is a saddle,and it is here that the old road south from Brecon crosses the ridge. It is an escape point north or south on a well defined path to be used in the event of illness or exhaustion or bad weather.
About 1.09 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SO036205
From here the descent northward into the valley starts
About 0.45 km (~0.28 miles) from
OS Grid SO045196
a ridge which swings you round to the north affording superb views of Cwm Oergwm
About 1.33 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid SO069228
The path becomes very indistinct at this point so please monitor the contours carefully.
About 3.95 km (~2.45 miles) from
OS Grid SO080244
The path leaves the hill down a sunken track. When you reach the road turn left. The permissive path shown on the map has been closed at the southern end.
About 1.94 km (~1.21 miles) from
OS Grid SO079252
You are now on the route of the Abergaveny to Brecon Bus. Turn left and walk to Llanfrynach.
About 0.87 km (~0.54 miles) from
OS Grid SO074258
The end of the walk is at the Bus stop by the Public Toilets opposite the church. The bus will carry you into Brecon where you can change and catch a bus back down passed Storey Arms to Merthyr Tidfil. For the truly energetic the Taff trail links this location with Storey Arms.
About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from

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