Ascent of Fan Foel on 2015-05-09

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Date:Saturday, May 9, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fan Foel
    Elevation:2562 ft / 780 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wales county highpoint #21: Fan Foel - highpoint of Carmarthenshire. I'm returning to this place for the first time since my failed attempt last year. This time, I had great weather (patches of sun even!) and a clear day. The way to find this trailhead is to drive to the YHA Llanddeusant - from there you just follow the road until it ends at the lake. The parking lot was full when I arrived (around 2:30pm). There was plenty of parking space alongside the road up to the parking lot, however. The trail is pretty straightforward, follow the road until it turns into a trail and then continue along the ridge of the "Black Mountains" until you reach the white concrete cairn which marks the highpoint of Carmarthenshire, Fan Foel. I really enjoy the Brecon Beacons - amazing landscape, feels like you're traveling on giant green dunes. I managed to run a steady pace from the parking lot to the summit of Picws Du - the first real peak. It's a fairly steep climb but managed easily. I continued up to the next peak, which is named Fan Foel - the highpoint. However, to me it seemed that Fan Brycheiniog was slightly higher - marked by the white concrete cairn.

I was going to make it an out-and-back, but on my return I noticed a trail the cut downwards to the right before the ascent of Picws Du that looked interesting. I followed it and managed to follow it down to the bottom. The views from below are impressive - the dunes are huge from this perspective. I sat down and took in the scenery for a bit before heading back to the car. 1 more county highpoint to go before Wales is complete.
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