Pen y Fan
It’s not unreasonable that the phrase “highest peak” would send shivers down a new hiker’s spine… especially one that might be considering tackling said highest peak with small children in tow. But that’s exactly what you’ll find as you head up Pen y Fan—the highest peak in South Wales. On a gorgeous day, the trail leading up this stunning slope and its neighbouring peak, Corn Du (the second highest in the region), you’ll find yourself hiking among all ages and all abilities.
There’s a parking lot directly at the best of the peak, and it’s usually lined with food trucks. From here, you can walk out of your car and begin the hike almost instantly. The wide path moves at a gentle incline, and because the views get more and more stunning as you walk, you’re more than halfway up before you realise how far you’ve come. Naturally, this is when things feel a bit more advanced—but there’s no point in turning back now! If you’re not sure you can handle much more, then skip the detour to Corn Du and hightail it to the top of Pen y Fan. After a picture with the sign to prove to friends you reached the summit, you can take in the 360-degree views and breathe a sigh of relief.
There’s an option to walk down on a slightly steeper and narrower path, and it’ll eventually loop you back to the car park. But if you prefer the devil you know, there’s no shame in retracing your steps. Plus, now you know exactly where things ease up and when you can go back to walking at a leisurely pace.