Pen y Fan sign goes under the hammer

The iconic National Trust omega sign at the summit of Pen y Fan in the central Brecon Beacons

Over 350,000 people tread the slopes of Pen y Fan every year, many then wait in line at the summit for their triumphant selfie with the iconic omega sign. Due to its popularity the sign is going under the hammer - a first for the National Trust.

Marriage proposals, cheers of joy and many personal accomplishments have all been witnessed by the iconic omega sign that's been in situ at the summit of Pen y Fan since the early 2000s. To help raise awareness of the Brecon Beacons appeal the sign is off to auction where you will have the chance to own a piece of mountain history.

The Brecon Beacons, in particular Pen y Fan, has a special place in many people's hearts and this was evident when lead ranger Rob Reith recently switched the sign for a younger, less weathered version. Normally the task would take a matter of minutes, but with the selfie queue, now a familiar sight, starting to form it took the team three hours to complete the job.

As part of our continued work to raise awareness of this special place, we are asking you to share your own stories and selfies next to the iconic sign on social media using the hashtag #MyPenyFanSelfie.

Selfie time, the iconic Pen y Fan omega sign with its younger version
The iconic National Trust omega sign, old and new, at the summit of Pen y Fan in the central Brecon Beacons
Selfie time, the iconic Pen y Fan omega sign with its younger version

Why are we selling the sign?

The Brecon Beacons appeal was re-launched in February 2018 to highlight the work carried out to combat erosion so people can continue to enjoy their beloved mountain. Urgent repairs are required every year and with the number of walkers more than doubled in the last 5 years, additional funds are needed to carry out the work.

" The donations received so far to the Brecon Beacons appeal have been a huge help in supporting our work programme. We couldn't have achieved the work so far without the support from donors and my team of staff and volunteers. I am proud to be part of the history of the site and hope the sale of the omega sign gives someone as much pleasure as I have got from maintaining the land it's called home."
- Rob Reith, Lead Ranger, Brecon Beacons

All money raised from this sale will go towards the Brecon Beacons appeal and the much needed funds to allow us to continue the repair work needed on our mountain paths. We are thrilled to have completed 200m of the Pont ar Daf footpath repair since the appeal launched in February but there is still a long way to go.

A sign on tour

Prior to going under the hammer, the iconic sign will be taking a trip to London for a buyer's viewing on Sunday 07 October at The London Welsh Centre in Clerkenwell. Following it's trip along the M4, the sign will be returning to Cardiff for a viewing on Friday 19th before a further viewing and the sale itself on Saturday 20th October at Rogers Jones Auctioneers' Cardiff saleroom.

Our aim is to continue protecting the special landscape in the central Brecon Beacons and ensure the footpaths remain accessible for the hundreds of thousands of visitors who visit Pen y Fan every year.