|Fan Gyhirych from road
|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but the last section before the south ridge is a little steep.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage from a little above trail head (October 2013).|
|Parking||Room for several cars on a lay-by next to road A4067.|
|Start height||358 metres|
|Vertical metres||370 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||3.4 km|
From junction 43 on road M4, outside Neath, drive road A465 approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) north-east, and then turn on to A4109. Drive 16.5 (10.3 mi) km north and turn left onto A4221. Drive 4.3 km (2.7 mi) and turn right onto A4067, and then drive 9.6 km (6.0 mi) to a car park on the right hand side of the road. Park here.
Start your hike by crossing the stile next to the gate and follow the farm road 150 metres. Turn left onto a path and follow it less than 50 metres. Turn right and head uphill, finding your best route through the grass. Turn left when you get up to Fan Gyhirych's south shoulder and head north to the summit, which is marked by a concrete cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
12. October 2013
My first hike of the day, on a very windy and grey Saturday morning. My plan had been to walk south-east from the car park and then find gentle slopes up the west side. But as I approached the car park I could see a guy heading straight up towards the summit so concluded that "if he can, then I can". I overtook him just before the steepest section and we stopped for a chat. It turned out that his plan was to climb the mountain three or four times this Saturday, since he needed to train for a forthcoming hike of a 6480 metres mountain in Nepal.
The summit plateau was very windy, as well as thick fog and light rain, so there was no point hanging around for longer than a quick photo of the summit area. An interesting feature was the "moat" around the summit cairn, making it difficult enough for my usual habit of taking a photo of the plaque on the summit cairns.