I took my English friends up Pen y Fan and this is how it went 

Climbing this mountain is a must when visiting Wales

LAST weekend, I decided to take my English classmates on a hike to Pen y Fan, one of the highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons.  

For tourists and locals alike, climbing Pen y Fan is a must while in South Wales.  

As most of my classmates have only visited Cardiff, I wanted to continue the tradition and take them up the idyllic Welsh mountain.  

On Saturday, March 12, we left a sunny Cardiff at 10.30am and drove an hour to the Brecon Beacons National Park.  

The weather was a lot cooler than it had been in Cardiff and we instantly regretted not bringing warmer jackets, gloves, hats and scarfs.  

At 886m, Pen y Fan translates to “the top peak” and there are several routes that you can take to reach the summit.

Members of The Cardiffian at Pen y Fan. Image by Ellie Crabbe.

We decided to take route one, which begins at Pont ar Daf car park and is a 6.4km round trip. 

We started our hike at 12.30pm. The average time to get to the top is two hours, but we decided to challenge ourselves to complete it in a quicker time. 

Members of The Cardiffian at Pen y Fan. Image by Tom Burgess.

As we reached the top of the footpath, we were close to Corn Du, the second-highest peak in the Beacons – and this is where the weather began to worsen.  

The wind got stronger the higher we got, and we witnessed the Mountain Rescue team airlifting a woman to hospital.  

Members of The Cardiffian at the top of Pen y Fan. Pictured (left to right): Lauren Haughey, Tom McArdle, Tom Burgess, George Lithgow, Ella Smart, Thomas Carter, Ellie Crabbe and Angharad Thomas.

The conditions were difficult and we needed a lot of breaks, but we made it to the top in 1 hour and 15 minutes.

To celebrate our success, we treated ourselves to a much-needed McDonald’s on the way home. 

Most of the group enjoyed the experience and I hope to show them more scenic spots in Wales before they leave Cardiff this year.