The Beacons Peaks - Pen y Fan and Corn Du

Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du from Cwm Llwch, Brecon Beacons, Powys

The two highest peaks of the central Brecon Beacons in Powys dominate the landscape for miles around, and make up one of the most recognisable skylines in the UK.

At 886m, Pen y Fan is the highest mountain in southern Britain, followed by Corn Du at 873m and Cribyn at 795m, and each year more than 250,000 pairs of feet make the trek to the summits of these impressive peaks.

Stunning scenery

For many, the mile-and-a-half ascent of 845m to the top of Pen y Fan is well worth the effort to drink in views stretching across south and mid-Wales and over the Severn Estuary into South-West England. On a clear day, the Cambrian Mountains, Black Mountains, Gower, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset are visible.

The steep, exposed and sweeping northern glaciated scarp slopes of the mountains are as dramatic as they are dangerous. To the south, the old red sandstone falls away more gently, towards the industrial South Wales valleys.

Wild walking

This landscape is high, wild and remote and provides the perfect place to take on miles of exhilarating walks.

The main access point on to the central Brecon Beacons is the Pont ar Daf car park, on the A470 a few miles south of Brecon. From here, you can walk up onto the open commons of Bwlch Duwynt or Y Gyrn and make the final push onto Corn Du and Pen y Fan.

To complete the trio of summits, follow the Craig Cwm Sere ridge from Pen y Fan across to Cribyn.

Treading a fine line

With so many people taking on the challenge of climbing southern Britain’s highest mountains, maintaining footpaths and preventing erosion is a huge part of our work in the Beacons.

Each year we spend more than £100,000 making sure visitors can continue to enjoy this beautiful landscape, without damaging it further.

What if Awareness Video of the Brecon Beacons

Footpath work on the Brecon Beacons

We’ve been dedicated to repairing the footpaths in the central Brecon Beacons for the last thirty years. Our Ranger team talk about their achievements so far and the challenges of maintaining these footpaths from year to year.