Fan Fawr from Beacons Reservoir
Fan Fawr


Estimated net time 1-2 hours.
Difficulty No difficulties.
Drinking water Water from the stream in the lower part of the route is potentially OK to drink.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (April 2013).
Parking Room for a few cars at trail head, along road A4059.
Start height 433 metres
Vertical metres 310 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 5.7 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Fan Fawr trail head by road A4059.


Assume your starting point is the round-about where roads A40 and A470 intersect, west of the town Brecon in southern Wales. Drive road A470 14.2 km in the direction of Merthyr Tydfil, and turn right onto road A4059. Drive 870 metres and find parking on the left hand side of the road.

Start your hike by following the very vague path on the other side of the road in a northern direction. Turn a little left after 300 metres and walk north-west until you get to a fence. Find a path that crosses the small canyon (if you meet the canyon/stream before you get to the fence you should turn left and follow the left (south) side of the canyon until you reach the fence), and continue north-west on the other side of the stream. If you continue north-west you'll get to a path that follows Fan Fawr's east slopes, which can be followed to the summit marled by a pile of stones. Note that there is a trigonometric point marker 680 metres south-west of the summit.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



13. April 2013

My second hike this Saturday, based from my location at Castle Hotel in Brecon. When I started my drive it was severe rain and considerable wind, but by the time I got to my trail head the rain had eased a little, and the hesitations I had had while driving were put aside.

In rain and wind, and with very poor visibility, I made it to the summit thanks to a number of way-points on my GPS, and after a record short summit stop I returned back to my car with little intention to do any more hiking today.

Photos 13.04.2013