With Sylvia. This is a simple ascent. You park at Blaen-y-glyn upper car park and follow the Beacons Way to the top. After an initial steep pull up Craig y Fan Ddu it is delightful gentle walking on the high Beacons plateau. Today was very windy up here. When you get to the top of Blaen Caerfanell the path leaves the edge and does a little zigzag across the plateau. When this turns right there’s a circular cairn where a little shelter can be had and we stopped her for a wee rest.
Then easily on to the top of Fan Y Big. From the top we climbed steeply down to the busy crossroads at Bwlch ar y Fan. Then a long but pleasant walk back along the track. Slightly tediously the last kilometre is on tarmac and uphill but a small price to pay for a satisfying short day. Then back to the warm and cosy Usk Inn at Talybont where the lamb shank was extremely nice but the atmosphere was a little dampened by South Africa beating the Welsh at the rugby.