The Route

From the start there is an obvious path ascending gradually to CP1, from where it is up to you what line you take to the summit of the Cribyn. You must descend the valley, cross the stream and make the steep ascent to join the path taking you up the Cribyn's north-east ridge. The last few hundred feet are steep and rocky.

From the Cribyn summit (CP2) follow the Beacons ridge in a westerly direction, descending the flank of the Cribyn to the pool and continuing up to the summit of Pen-y-Fan (CP3). The path to the highest point in South Wales is obvious- having dimensions reminiscent of the M4. Again there is a final scramble to the top.

Take the north ridge off Pen-y-Fan and enjoy the long fast descent down Cefn Cwm Llwch. The route is pretty obvious all the way to the finish.

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Check Points

Start/Finish     Cwm Gydi Camp, 024247

Checkpoint 1   Ridge 019232

Checkpoint 2   Cribyn Summit 024213

Checkpoint 3   Pen-Y-Fan Summit 012216

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The Profile of 3,100 feet of ascent

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'View of the Cribyn from CP1'

Ernie shows how the river crossing should be done

 'The north face of the Cribyn looms ahead'

 'A pointy-nosed dog demonstrates the pointy nose of the Cribyn.
There are no false summits here'

 'The organiser shows the way to Pen-y-Fan'

 'The run off Pen-y-Fan- great if you enjoy descending'

 'Near the end- the finish and car park in sight'