Mountains of the British Isles - Wales -

Breacon Beacons

Explore the mountains of the Brecon Beacons from the comfort of your computer, tablet or smart phone with this virtual reality mountain tour of the following peaks.




Start Point(s)Sort

Bwlch y Ddwyallt754m NutTorpantau
Corn Du873mNutA470 Storey Arms, Neuadd Reservoir, Torpantau
Cribyn795m NutA470 Storey Arms, Neuadd Reservoir, Torpantau
Fan Brycheiniog802m NutBlaenau
Fan Foel781mCoHP (Carmarthenshire)Blaenau
Fan Hir761m NutBlaenau, Tafarn-y-Garreg
Fan y Big719m Nut A470 Storey Arms, Neuadd Reservoir, Torpantau
Pen y Fan886m NutA470 Storey Arms, Neuadd Reservoir, Torpantau
Picws Du749m NutBlaenau
Waun Lefrith668m NutBlaenau

Let's Go:

Red routes are VR tours supported by most modern HTML5 compatable browsers, including those on tablets and mobile phones and are Google cardbard compatible.

Blue routes require Apple's QuickTime plug-in and are unfortunately not supported by all modern browsers.

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The Carmarthen Fan:

The Carmarthen Fan Bannau Sir Gaer is a beautiful and remote area of the Brecon Beacon National Park by comparison to the well known and higher peaks of Pen-y-Fan and Cribyn to the east. Expand Icon

I visited with my two sons in the summer of 2013, parking at the roads end just south of Blaenau, then followed the gravel track along side the foxgloved banks of the Afon Sawddle towards Llyn y Fan Fach. On route we passed the old waterworks filter beds, now cunningly used for the farming of brown trout, and stopped for a break by a pool below which stepping stones forded the stream. We rested again at Llyn y Fan Fach, now dammed, but originally created by glaciation, it was once home to the ledgenary Lady of the Lake.

Foxgloves and Trout Farm by the banks of the Afon Sawddle

Having explored the bothy by the lake's outlet, we struck westward, climbing the cwm edge to our first peak of the day, 668m Waun Lefrith, marked by a cairn a little way from the path that makes up part of the Beacons Way. The Beacons Way is a long distance traverse which we followed for much of the day along the grand escarpment bagging Picws Du, Fan Foel, and finally Fan Brycheiniog. Fan Brycheiniog was the highest point of that day's tour. From here we retreated to the bronze age cairn on Fan Foel, and descended the slope northwards to a crossing of paths. Here we turned south-westward, contouring below the escarpment on a faint path not marked on all revisions of the Ordnance Survey map. On crossing Afon Sychlwch we followed the stream's southern bank until we emerged above the pool where we had taken our earlier break. Passing the trout farm, we were soon back at the car park very satisfied with our day's walking.

Llyn y Fan Fach
Llyn y Fan Fach, bothy, and the Camarthen Fan

The photos for this section of the virtual tour were taken on my iPhone 4S using Microsoft's Photosynth app. Expand article