/ Brecon four peaks route: Best from the north or from the south?

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Chris Sansum - on 25 Apr 2013
We're heading up to the Beacons.

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.
DancingOnRock - on 25 Apr 2013
In reply to Chris Sansum: Did it on Saturday was 13miles with 3600+ feet of ascent. From North to south you get the big climb over first.
mattrm - on 25 Apr 2013
In reply to Chris Sansum:

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.
redscotti - on 25 Apr 2013
In reply to mattrm: Agree coming from the north is best. Views more dramatic. Cefn Cyff ridge is very boggy though, so you'll need to hop around. But it is the Beacons.....you using two cars?
roddyp on 25 Apr 2013
In reply to redscotti:

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.
Chris Sansum - on 25 Apr 2013
In reply to redscotti:

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.
spearing05 - on 26 Apr 2013
In reply to Chris Sansum: Paths from the north much quieter and more scenic (assuming it's clear enough to get a view) Good weather on a weekend means you'll be sharing path from either Pont a Daff or Storey Arms with about a thousand others.
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Giles Davis - on 26 Apr 2013
In reply to Chris Sansum:

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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