Horse­shoe from Blaen y Glyn

Trail (UK) - - BRECON BEACONS -

1 SO056175 Start at the up­per Blaen y Glyn car park. Leave the car park and walk south-west along the road for around 1km be­fore turn­ing right into a wooded area on the way­marked Taff Trail. The trail bends around to the north, meet­ing a mi­nor road on the edge of the for­est. Con­tinue north­wards here on the edge of the wood, reach­ing a deeply cut gorge on the north­ern edge of the for­est.

2 SO034182 Cross the stream and then take the track head­ing to the west, reach­ing and cross­ing the earthen dam at the south­ern end of the Neuadd Reser­voir. An ob­vi­ous stone-laid track leads steeply up­hill from here, still head­ing west to a cairn on the Craig Fan Ddu ridge.

3 SO019183 Fol­low the track to the north, stay­ing close to the steep drop on your right-hand side and pass­ing through a short but nar­row ridge sec­tion af­ter around 2km. The ground rises again from here be­fore drop­ping into the sad­dle at Bwlch Duwynt, where sev­eral paths meet. Con­tinue on the steep up­hill sec­tion to the top of Corn Du.

4 SO007213 Take the east­ern­most track, close to the steep cliffs on the edge of Corn Du. A bear­ing will be use­ful in poor vis­i­bil­ity, and care will be needed in high winds. The path drops steeply to an­other small sad­dle be­fore ris­ing again to reach the top of Pen y Fan with its ob­vi­ous marker cairn. Con­tinue to fol­low the line of the cliffs, de­scend­ing the pre­car­i­ous, stepped track on the south­east­ern side of the sum­mit plateau to an­other sad­dle be­fore the steep climb to the prom­i­nent peak of Cribyn.

5 SO024213 De­scend Cribyn, stay­ing on the track close to the cliff edge. The track grad­u­ally eases and ter­mi­nates at the dis­tinct sad­dle, crossed by a stony track known as the Gap Road. There are sev­eral tracks lead­ing up the op­po­site slope to Fan y Big. Take any of these to the top, an­other prom­i­nent ar­row­head of a peak.

6 SO037206 Fol­low the gently down­hill track to the south be­fore ris­ing grad­u­ally again to a small knoll around 2km from the sum­mit. Take a bear­ing from here to cross the un­du­lat­ing moor to the south and reach the steep cliff Graig Fan Las. Stay­ing close to the cliff edge, con­tinue to the south, pick­ing up an im­prov­ing track lead­ing down­hill. The trail de­scends steeply to­wards the end with rocky steps to be taken cau­tiously be­fore pass­ing be­tween a wood and stream with small wa­ter­falls to your right. The track ends in the bot­tom cor­ner of Blaen y Glyn car park, the start­ing point of the walk.

Corn Du and Pen y Fan.

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