Part of South Wales’ most majestic mountain quartet, hikes to Cribyn make you feel like you’re not only on top of the world, but like you’ve crossed off a major achievement. One of the central summits in Pen y Fan’s sweeping horseshoe, it doesn’t take too much extra effort to add Cribyn into a Pen y Fan hike.
Easy to reach by car from Brecon, Swansea and Cardiff, walks in this central section of the Brecon Beacons aren’t too challenging in good conditions. Families can enjoy gentle routes up to Cribyn at 2,608 feet (795 m) and you’ll be rewarded by exhilarating views across to South Wales’ queen, Pen y Fan.
Friendly mountains with fantastic views
Choose from a variety of hiking trails to Cribyn’s eye-catching summit, taking it as easy or as quickly as you please. Like its neighbouring peaks, Cribyn is grassy and exposed, with deep valleys trundling down from its northern escarpment and the Upper Neuadd Reservoir languishing in the southern bowl.This means that, on a clear day, you’ll have outstanding views throughout your hike, no matter which route you use.
Cribyn can see snowfall in the depths of winter and even when it’s clear, it experiences freezing temperatures in the shortest months. Experienced hikers can make the most of winter light though, which lends itself to stunning photographs on sunny days. Spring and summer are high season but, unlike Pen y Fan, Cribyn rarely sees crowds. This makes it a perfect summer hike, just don’t forget the water and sunscreen.
At 2,608 feet (795 m), the summit of Cribyn boasts bold and dramatic views over Pen-y-Fan, looking towards the steep cliff that forms its eastern flank. When the weather is clear, the views to the north are especially impressive too, towards Mynydd Epynt, Brecon and the Cambrian mountains beyond.
October 30, 2018
The jagged tooth of Cribyn is the most recognisable hill in the Brecon Beacons. A traverse of Fan Y Big, Cribyn, Pen Y Fan and Corn Du is one of the best hill outings in Wales. It also has a narrow scenic goat track (very safe) along its North face. A pretty lung busting pull to its summit from every direction but well worth it for the surrounding views of the highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons.
October 23, 2020
At 2608 feet, about 300 feet lower than the neighbouring peaks of Pen y Fan and Corn Du Cribyn is fair old climb whatever your direction of travel. Descending from here you have the option of either Pen y Fan via Jacobs Ladder or the other direction takes you to the foot of Fan y Big. As with all the peaks in the area have a bag with some warm clothing and bite to eat and drink to keep your energy levels up.
March 28, 2021
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