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Fan Brycheiniog


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This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
802 m (2631 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

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The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
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The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Fan Brycheiniog (2500ft+) is the western-most 2500+ in the Brecon Beacons (Wales) and highest point of the range called The Black Mountains (Y Mynydd Du). Two escarpment ridges meet at a right-angle just N of the summit at Fan Foel (778m) from which a short and more gentle ridge runs N. The SSE ridge, which is steep and craggy on the E side and gently sloping to the W, runs over the summit, descends to Bwlch Giedd (a col at c.715m) then rises over Fan Hir (750m contour) and down to the A4067 Swansea to Brecon road at Glyntawe, a distance of 6 km.

The WSW ridge, called ‘Bannau Sir Gaer’, is steep and craggy to the N and gently sloped to the S, and descends from Fan Foel to a col at about 655m before rising over Picws Du (749m) and on to Waun Lefrith (677m) where it becomes gentler and turns N towards the hamlet of Blaenau in the Sawdde valley. Fan Brycheiniog can be climbed from Glyntawe by the Fan Hir ridge, returning the same way; or from Blaenau combining the N ridge of Fan Foel and Bannau Sir Gaer.

Hazards you may encounter on Fan Brycheiniog include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
A special thank you to David S Brown for his work on this and all of the England/Wales information.
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Fan Brycheiniog.

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 Routes that include Fan Brycheiniog
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 625 m 12.48 km 3.5 hrs Fan Brycheiniog  Moderate route with a section of steep final ascent to the top, and a ridge traverse above crags, mostly on good paths. Not Yet Rated 

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Mynydd ddu from the north by the Mountain Centre

© Gareth Pratt

Image by Gareth Pratt

Just 10 minutes too late: me having a hot coffee in the shelter on top of Fan Brycheiniog now shrouded in mist and much colder. 31st March 2008.

© David S Brown

Image by David S Brown

My mate Mike on Bannau Sir Gaer over looking Llyn Y Fan Fach

© Gareth Pratt

Image by Gareth Pratt
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