My mind was blown a few weekends ago. We went for a hike in Wales and I genuinely couldn’t believe that we have such amazing landscape in the UK. Now, I was born and raised on the coast in Cornwall and did a stint in the Scottish Highlands, so I know a thing or two about epic landscapes, but the Brecons take the biscuit.
We went hiking on Pen Y Fan on a day that threw all weathers at us. We had rain and snow and sunshine and winds that gave us headaches. The hills burned at sunset and the heavens poured spotlights on us whenever there was a break in the wind. It was magic.
We dumped our car at the Old Pump House and set off covered in layers and a handfuls of chocolate. From the start of the path, which also doubles as a road to the Pump House itself, you can see the whole walk circling in front of you, assuming the weather plays ball.
At the Pump House, turn left and head straight up the steep ascent to the top of Craig Fan Ddu Ridge. It’s a steep climb, but well worth the huffing and puffing and scrambling. There’s no “correct” way up here, and we stuck to the left rather than following a crowd of people slightly more to the right. But feel free to scramble up any line that takes your fancy.
From the top of here, the hike really just speaks for itself – follow the path across the ridge, around craters and glacial valleys and up Pen Y Fan. From the summit, you can either double back on yourself or carry on down the valley on an easy downward hike.
The pictures say it better than I can: