Proposed new car park for Pen y Fan

An illustration of the proposed new car park at Pont ar Daf, Brecon Beacons

Are you one of the thousands that visit Pen y Fan every year? You may have noticed that South Wales’ highest peak is getting busier year on year.

We’re proud to look after Pen Y Fan and we want to make sure that everyone who visits can experience the beauty of this special place. That is why we're creating a new, fit-for-purpose car park at Pont ar Daf, the most popular access point for climbing Pen y Fan.

" We’re thrilled to be able to take this project to delivery stage. A new car park has long been needed and it will transform our visitor welcome, allowing people to experience this incredible place at its best. "
- Alan Kearsley-Evans, General Manager, Brecon Beacons and Gower

More than 350,000 people visit Pen y Fan every year, and this new car park will help ensure they can start their journey with access to all the facilities they'll need, in a space that will also be in keeping with the natural surroundings of the area.

Our vision for Pont ar Daf

Our plans for Pont ar Daf include around 200 extra car parking spaces, with provision for disabled users, electric vehicle charging points, parking for minibuses, coaches and cyclists, and an area for the emergency services and other similarly related users of the Beacons.


The planned new visitor facilities will include toilets with disabled access, a Changing Places toilet, and baby changing facilities, some of which will be available 24 hours a day. Improvements to signage, footpaths and information will also allow people to better plan their day.


The work to improve the existing facilities and create a new car park at Pont ar Daf is due to start in May. 

An illustration of the proposed new car park at Pont ar Daf, Brecon Beacons
An illustration of the proposed new car park at Pont ar Daf, Brecon Beacons
An illustration of the proposed new car park at Pont ar Daf, Brecon Beacons


Frequently asked questions

When will work start at Pont ar Daf, and when will it be finished?
Work is scheduled to start in May 2022 and it will carry on throughout the year. We hope to open the new car park during the winter months. 

Will I be able to park at Pont ar Daf whilst the work is taking place?
We’d like to reassure our visitors that the current car parking and facilities will remain open during the works and any disruption will be minimal.

Will the opening times of the car park change?
As with most Trust car parks, once finished, we plan to open our new car park at Pont ar Daf during the day. Part of the car park will be available 24 hours a day. This may change as we better understand how visitors use the new car park.  

Will I have to pay to use the new car park? If so, when will those charges be introduced?
Car parking charges will be introduced in the winter of 2022 when the works are finished and the completed car park is fully open to visitors. National Trust members will be able to park for free. 

Why are you introducing car parking charges at Pont ar Daf?
Like many other organisations, the National Trust has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, we’ve had to rethink our operating model at many of the places we look after.

We are a charity and rely on the income we receive from our visitors to help us look after the special places in our care. By introducing car parking charges at Pont ar Daf, we can continue to bring in funds to maintain the facilities and carry out important conservation work across the Brecon Beacons. 

How much will it cost to park at Pont ar Daf?
If you are a member of the National Trust you will be able to park for free as you can do in all other National Trust car parks in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Non-members will be charged a flat fee of £7.50 per car to park. 

I’m a blue badge holder, will I have to pay?  
If you have mobility issues and you are a blue badge holder, you're able to park for free in any of our pay-and-display car parks as long as you display your badge.

What about people who arrive at Pont ar Daf on foot, bicycle or public transport?
We will not be charging for access. You will not need to pay if you arrive by bicycle, on foot or by public transport.   

If you’ve any other questions regarding Pont ar Daf or our work at other places in the Brecon Beacons please contact brecon@nationaltrust.org.uk