/ Brecon four peaks route: Best from the north or from the south?
Does anyone had an opinion on whether doing the four peaks (Fan y Big, Cribyn, Pen y Fan, Corn Du) is better or more interesting approached from the north or from the south? Anyone done both? Probably looking at about a 9-ish mile route.
At the moment I'm thinking about maybe a circular route starting at Rhiwiau, walking up the Cefn Cyff ridge to Fan y Big, and walking along the ridge via all the main peaks, then down the Cefn Cwm Llwch ridge to the car park at SO 023 247.
Done both. There's nothing much in it. But if you go from the car park (Cwm Gedi) you mentioned, you get the big climb over first. It's a nice walk either way.
It's shorter and easier from the south, and you can do a circular route with no roadwork.
Park at Neuadd reservoirs and head up onto the Graig Fan Ddu escarpment. A short,sharp shock at the start but then it's a great walk along the 'edge' to Corn Du and the rest.
Yep, we'll have 2 cars. Hoping to leave one somewhere near Rhiwiau. Any idea if there is somewhere to leave a car there? Coming from the north seems more appealing as it looks a bit wilder. Interesting to hear that the Cefn Cwn ridge is boggy. Thought it would be relatively dry, being a ridge.
Thanks all for the info.
I'd go for the Northern Route Chris, more drammatic, more nature, more aesthetic, less people (on the way up and on the way back down - the usual crowads would be on the main traverse path across the peaks).
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