Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons

Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons

Pen y Fan viewed from Cribyn Peak in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. An amazing landscape and a beautiful walk, the Brecon Beacons in Wales is a largely safe, though occasionally very dangerous place to go walking. This is largely due to the bare, steep, and dramatic landscape as well as the extreme weather which can easily include high winds, rain, and snow as well as thick fog.

People walk it nearly every day of the year but more than foolish people have died here; well trained people, including British Special Forces, have unfortunately lost their lives. The weather can change quickly and for the worse here.

“I think the time it catches people out is when there’s already established cloud but it’s higher than the peaks. Then, suddenly, the cloud drops. There’s a temperature change, visibility is gone.

“That can happen within 10 to 15 minutes with visibility reduced from ‘as far as the eye can see’ to just 15ft.”[1]

If you go: know your stuff, check the weather, and play it safe — you’ll probably be just fine. It’s well worth it as the landscape is incredible.


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