A mountain I have walked up on numerous occassions and as it is local for me I can pick and choose the best days. Not always guaranteed good views as the weather can change very quickly but I have more good days up there than bad ones!
A pleasant if occasionally steep hike along a clear path that showed serious signs of erosion. Comforting -- albeit a bit strange -- to find a fellow busily shoring up the path with flagstones as I neared the top of the mountain. A very clear day and views from top marvelous, including those to the North, East, South and West, as well as straight down the north face. Was joined on top by what I gather was an army platoon out for some physical training and, later, was dazzled by a couple of RAF fighters swooping up the valley from the south and roaring a few hundred feet overhead. All in all, a memorable way to spend the first anniversary of 9/11.
Went up with a good bunch of lads on a trip from an inner city Southampton school. They whinged and whined most of the way up but done a good job of geting to the top all the same.
On reaching the summit the wind was fierce and we desended to cross the face of Cribin to avoid going over the summit. Long walk back to the mini bus in horrible rain but as i kept on telling the kids.."thats just Wales for you lads!"
Went up the easy path from Storey Arms the first time, but have since tried several different routes.
My favourite is the circular (horseshoe) route starting from Lower Neuadd Reservoir, taking in the summits of Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn, and Fan y Big - definitely one of the best walks you can do in the Beacons.
We began at Nant Cwm Llwch, ascended and passed the small lake (Lyn Cwm Llwch), and climbed steeply onto the northwest ridge. From there, we passed a small memorial obelisk (Tommy Jones Memorial), and pulled steeply on to the summit of Pen y Fan's westerly neighbour; Corn Du. At this point, we descended easterly into the col, and then up on to the summit of Pen y Fan itself. Peachy route; wish I had a digital camera!
this route with Fanny Big,Corn Du, & Cribin is used by Special Forces training to practice nav and to degrade the tropers