/ The view from Pen y Fan
I live in Sedgley between Wolverhampton and Dudley and I have seen Pen y Fan quite often on a clear day from my local hill Sedgley Beacon (often binoculars are needed to see it well). I can imagine that the Black Country Hills wouldn't stand out much from Pen y Fan, though, as they would just look like a faint ridge.
I've seen the distant outline of the Devon Coast from the top, and also the outline of the Brecon Beacons from Exmoor.
I find this panoramas website useful for identifying views:
When I did Pen y Fan I had trouble photographing (seeing) my wife from about 6ft away at the summit, we were there in a white-out :-)
It is a very good panorama. I personally prefer Jonathan de Ferranti's panorama, though, as it is more detailed.
At least you were lucky enough to see the Devon Coast - I couldn't see any further than about a mile. I have heard about the Brecon Beacons being visible from Exmoor. Apparently, Fan Brychieniog (but not the Central Beacons) can even be seen from High Willhays, over 80 miles away, according the High Willhays panorama at www.viewfinderpanoramas.org.
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