The South Welsh mountain peak
of Fan Fawr, which rises above the Storey Arms pub at the watershed
between the River Taff from Cardiff and the Afon Tarell from
Brecon, is not a particularly widely-noted hulk of rock. Its
curving form in a mountainous area - the Brecon Beacons National
Park - belies its summit height of 734 metres above sea leavel
(or 297 metres above the pub). It is also situated opposite the
triple peaks of Cribyn, Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du, which are the
titular mountains of the National Park and the second of which
is the highest mountain peak in South Wales. Pen-y-Fan and Corn
Du dominate the area with their huge slab tops, by contrast with
which a rounded little summit curled up into itself is inevitably
going to attract relatively little attention.
As a consequence it is a rather
good mountain for solitary walking, being the sort of place where
it is unlikely that very many other people will have decided
to go up there at the same time. Any large groups of people met
on its isolated western flanks will probably be the beneficiaries
of a Ministry of Defence training session on how to walk long
distances with big bags. Its name is singularly unoriginal, translating
simply as Big Peak.
It is seen here from the flanks
of Corn Du, looking across the Storey Arms pass on a particularly
chilly day at the end of 2013.