On Fan Frynych

On the second and last full day on the Brecon Beacons we wanted to hike on the famous Pen-y-Fan, with its mighty 886m, the highest ‘peak’ of the national park. However the mountain centre strongly cautioned us: the wind was sweeping the Pen-y-Fan summit at 120-130 km/h and the last 200 metres of the ascent were covered by a constant layer of dark cloud, with visibility at less than 5m. Coming from a city near the Alps I always find it rather amusing how here in the UK high mountain adverse conditions can build up at only 800m (which is not funny at all, I get it. Just saying.). So we opted for the easy option, a 16km hike with a steep ascent to the Fan Frynych and wonderful views over the Pen-y-Fan on the one side and on the other of the Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad nature reserve. It was still pretty challenging!

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