/ Areas of the Brecon Beacons
I can imagine how fantastic the view is from Pen y Fan on a very clear day - I know you can see Exmoor and Hartland Point in very good conditions.
I can see Pen y Fan and Cribyn well from my local hill Sedgley Beacon near Dudley, 73 miles away.
On a clear sunny day you will mostly see other people!
On a fine day, Pen y Fan will be swarming with people coming from all directions, and psycho sheep trying to mug you for your sandwiches. Cribyn and Fan y Big will be slightly less busy simply because they're more than an hour's relatively easy walk from the road.
As others have said, if you want quiet, go to Mynydd Du (the Black Mountain, to the west), with its spectacular long escarpment from Fan Hir all the way along to Llyn y Fan Fach.
I had heard the Black Mountain was more dramatic and I have seen many photos of the summits. The scenery in the Black Mountain area looks very remote as well.
I went to Brecon in the summer (although I didn't go close to the Central Beacons) and you are right about the Black MountainS, although I was still very impressed with their scenery.
I wonder why Fforest Fawr can often be deserted? I know Pen y Fan is obviously the most popular mountain but it still surprises me that not many people decide to walk Fforest Fawr.
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