Fan Frynych

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The Craig Cerrig Gleisiad National Nature Reserve was established in 1957. It encompasses land that once belonged to the Great Forest - an ancient area of hunting and farming land. The backwall and screes of Craig Cerrig-gleisiad are a natural focus to the reserve when approached from the east. They provide the backdrop for a corrie and other glacial landforms, which are amongst the best examples in South Wales. The steep gullies and ledges also provide habitat for arctic-alpine plants, such as saxifrages, spleenwort and cowberry. About eighty species of birds have been recorded, including raven, buzzard, peregrine and ring ouzel.

Enter the reserve by the eastern entrance, which is adjacent to a picnic site. Go about 250 metres along the footpath to a junction with permitted paths at a dry-stone wall. The route continues north-west and then north along the footpath to Twyn Dylluan-ddu. A permitted path goes south-west to Fan Frynych and leads around the top of Craig Cerrig-gleisiad, before descending fairly steeply to the footpath junction and following the route back to the start. The flat-topped summits of Fan Frynych and Craig Cerrig Gleisiad are both Hewitts (i.e. hills over 2,000 feet with a drop of at least thirty metres on all sides) and also appear in the Nuttalls list.

Wales - South Wales - Brecon - Brecon Beacons

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Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Public Transport
18/09/2014 - Angelique Stein

We made this walk last week and this is in no way an 'easy walk'! Maybe you can say 'easy to navigate' for a mountain walk, but it is a strenuous walk, although not lengthy. Especially the way down from the glacier was hard, very strenuous (you already had some climbing done). It was steep, not for the faint-hearted and we had to scramble, sometimes on our buttocks to come down. We also had our dog (on a lead, as is compulsory) which made it even harder - although he is used to walking with us and very well behaved. We are not the fittest mountain-walkers, mostly we do 'moderate walks' from this website, with no problem. We saw the height gain of this walk, and so we knew we had some climbing to do, but we didn't expect an 'easy walk' to be this hard.... Angelique Stein, The Netherlands

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