Thursday, 6 December 2012


Summit Information for GW/SW-005

Fan Fawr - 734m, 6 points

Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   

Latitude: 51 51 45 N, Longitude: 3 29 49 W

Grid Reference: SN 970193, QTH Locator: IO81GU  

First Snow of The Winter

My starting point today was the lay by usually used for  access to Pen y fan at

SN983 199 (446M ASL). The lay by was unusually quiet today but then, it was a bit nippy!

Crossing the main road to the stile I headed diagonally across to the right to pick up the main path at SN 974-196.  This route is very boggy in places so I was grateful the ground was frozen solid.  Visibility was down to 50m by this time and the path started to rise steeply.  At the summit conditions were a little harsh and there was no shelter to be found.  I quickly managed to activate the summit and was on my way  back down just as it started to snow heavily again.

If you are planning to visit this summit in adverse conditions I strongly recommend you use GPS 

Starting point at the foot of Pen y Fan

View from the steeper part of the path as the mist cleared for a moment.

Near  the top the path levels out a little

Not much to see at the summit, at least,not today!

Back at the starting point the snow was starting to stick

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