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Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir


Postby andrewdoggett » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:25 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Cribyn, Pen y Fan

Date walked: 13/03/2011

Time taken: 5.5

Distance: 14.6 km

Ascent: 816m

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A gorgeous day for a walk in the Brecon Beacons; when we left home it was raining; but as soon as we got to Wales the weather cleared; and we looked set for a sunny day ahead...

Sam cutting a pose at the start...

Pen Y Fan 1.jpg


After a kilometre or so along the road it's a gentle 200 metre climb to the ridge...

Pen Y Fan 2.jpg


Sam and Vicky make it to the ridge...

Pen Y Fan 3.jpg


And then Megan joins us; all four of us on the ridge...

Pen Y Fan 4.jpg


It's then a few kilometres along the ridge gently uphill to Corn Du, the mountain in the distance on the left with Pen Y Fan; the highest point in the UK South of Snowdonia...

Pen Y Fan 5.jpg


Not Sam's best landing... Hopefully the pilot got out of this mess...

Pen Y Fan 6.jpg


Sam looking pleased with himself on the summit of Corn Du; the first summit of the day...

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The view to the summit of Pen Y Fan from Corn du

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Sam and Megan on the summit of Pen Y Fan...

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Out of the wind, and a spot of lunch on route to Cribyn; some great sandwiches; pickled onion monster munch, and chocolate yogurts for the whipper snappers. Megan also get's tango'd...

Pen Y Fan 10.jpg


Looking back to Pen Y Fan from half way up Cribyn...

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Megan and Sam cutting some shapes on the summit of Cribyn; number 3 for the day...

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Vicky on the summit of Fan Y Big... Large and small together then ;)

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The all important stats from satmap; 14.6 km in 5.5 hours with 816 metres of ascent; not bad for 6 and 8 years old...!

Pen Y Fan 14.jpg


Our route...


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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby yokehead » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:36 pm

Wow, wonderful. A big well done to Sam and Megan, that's some achievement for them. 8) Not too shabby for you and Vicky either! :)

Love photo 8 with the snow. Looks to be a very busy place.
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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby poppiesrara » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:54 pm

Still my favourite mountain walk! And it looks stunning today.

Not sure I'd call that first climb up to the ridge 'gentle' though...
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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby tango » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:04 pm

Great report, nice photos lots of :thumbup: ... Yeah that first climb isn't that gentle!!! :wtf: ..I do like the Beacons, i have fond memories running around those hills with a rather large bergan on "rucsac" :shock: Thats when my knees were in good order.... :D
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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby skuk007 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:59 pm

Nice pics, didn't realise there was some snow still up there. Well done those little ones.

I've done this route many times, and never get bored of it. Will have to check my times next time, never timed myself properly on this route. It's also what I use to get prepared for Scotland. Will be heading that way again in the next few months. :)
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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby smirnie71 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:44 am

Absolutely fabulous Andrew! Well done to you and the kids, looks like you had the best time and I'm now adding this route in particular to my wee wish list. Bring on the Beacons and thank you for a great report & pics!!! :clap:
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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby houdi » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:28 pm

Excellent report and pics! We did this on the same day. What about the snow, eh? Definitely didn't expect that. I came up from the north and was too lazy to go down on to windy ridge to get a picture of the plane. Guess my motivation isn't what it used to be :D
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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby Paul Webster » Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:22 pm

Great report. I've never been to the Brecon Beacons - judging by some reports I may be the only person never to have been there :D Looks great.
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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby Vidiprinter » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:26 am

That aeroplane is a new additional to walk? Where was that?

To be honest, most of the time I do that walk I'm walking in thick fog so could easily walk straight past it.

I was out on the Brecons on Saturday, the weather was perfect for walking! Even managed a bit of sunburn.
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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby ChrisW » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:44 pm

Fantastic - great report and pics, so good to see young uns out on the hills - particularly when they are taking on 886m and smiling with :thumbup: at the top....kudos to Sam and Megan :D
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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby skyedave » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:33 pm

These lovely pics gave me the shivers. If i ever see the fan dance again it will be a day too soon, PTSD from a previous life. Well done for getting the kids out and up, mine wouldn't go unless it was on a bus route at that age.
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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby victoriajarrett » Mon May 09, 2011 8:52 pm

poppiesrara wrote:Still my favourite mountain walk! And it looks stunning today.

Not sure I'd call that first climb up to the ridge 'gentle' though...


Neither did Megan!!!
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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby susanmyatt » Wed May 11, 2011 7:19 am

Great pics, I love to see the little ones out walking, got to be better than computer games, look forward to seeing them in other reports, Sue :D
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Re: Pen Y Fan from Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Postby houdi » Wed May 11, 2011 10:23 pm

Vidiprinter, the crashed plane is on 'Windy Ridge', the plateau which you climb up onto on the left of the reservoir which leads to Corn Du. It's nearer the Corn Du end of the ridge. Crashed in November last year, apparently.
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