Ascent of the famous Pen y Fan

Suitable for

Beginners with good fitness

Group size


Ideal length

1 day

When to go

All year round


From £30pp

This adventure takes place in the Brecon Beacons (Wales), an area of spectacular scenery and wildlife. If you’re looking for a sporty six hours of walking, then an ascent of the famous Pen y Fan, South Wales' highest summit, is a must. 

On the day you can expect your guide to meet you at the popular Tai’r Bull Country Inn (LD3 8EL) at 9.00am. You will then drive to the start point of the mountain.

A remote path will lead you up the mountain to the 886m high summit, with a steep face on your left. The route will continue over the twin peak of Corn Du and down to Llyn Cwm Llwch past The Obelisk.

You'll be treated to local folklore stories, one involving the military and a little boy called Tommy Jones (the guide is a great story teller!). Of course the day will finish with a visit to the pub.

All in all this is a fantastic option because it’s very easy to organize and requires minimal kit or fitness. We recommend you first contact the guide to agree a date, then book your accommodation. Adventure sorted!

Your guide

Stephen Axe

Stephen Axe is an engaging and highly experienced Mountain Leader who shows clients a whole new side to this stunning landscape he calls home. Having worked as a science teacher for 28 years, Stephen has spent many years leading young groups in the area and is well know for his stories and knowledge of the local nature. He loves sharing his passion for getting into the mountains with clients and will no doubt leave you with a desire to explore the mountains again.

Additional info

The guide advises that the walk can be very muddy so walking boots are a must. There can also be strong winds and variable weather so good outdoor clothing will help.

Please note you have to be 18 years or over to book this adventure (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Wilderness Now does not provide this activity. It acts as agent facilitating your entry into a contract in respect of this activity, which is provided by Stephen Axe. 


  • Bespoke adventure for you or your group.
  • Advice on kit needed

Not Included

  • Meals/ drinks
  • Personal expenditures (e.g. pub drinks)

How to get there

Car to Brecon Beacons

Driving is the best option and the Brecon Beacons is within easy reach of London, just a 3hr 45min drive.

Train to Brecon Beacons

You can now buy a through ticket from London Paddington to Brecon. From there a local taxi works well. 

Where to stay

For a friendly and comfortable B&B experience try Tai’r Bull Country Inn in Libanus, from £37.50/person. Call 01874 622600. 

For a characterful Georgian townhouse experience try Tŷ Helyg Guest House in Brecon, from £59/person. Call 01874 623321.

Start your adventure today!

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Call UK Freephone 0800 023 6265

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