Fan Fraith

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Fan Fraith
Fan Gyhirych and Fan Fraith from Fan Nedd
Highest point
Elevation668 m (2,192 ft)
Prominence16 m (52 ft)
Parent peakFan Gyhirych
Coordinates51°51′09″N 3°37′02″W / 51.8526°N 3.6173°W / 51.8526; -3.6173Coordinates: 51°51′09″N 3°37′02″W / 51.8526°N 3.6173°W / 51.8526; -3.6173
Language of nameWelsh
LocationPowys, Wales
Parent rangeBrecon Beacons
Topo mapOS Landranger 160

not to be confused with Foel Fraith a few miles further west in the Black Mountain range

Fan Fraith is a top of Fan Gyhirych in the Fforest Fawr section of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the county of Powys, south Wales. Its summit is at a height of 2192 feet or 668 m. It lies within Fforest Fawr Geopark.[1]


The bulk of the hill is formed from sandstones and mudstones of the Brownstones Formation of the Old Red Sandstone laid down during the Devonian period. Sandstones of the overlying Plateau Beds Formation occur in the summit area as do beds of the Grey Grits Formation - both are assigned to the upper Devonian. The Plateau Beds sandstones occur across the whole southern aspect of the mountain and are often present as boulder fields,a result of periglacial activity. Several geological faults affect these rocks, the most significant of which is the northeast-southwest aligned Swansea Fault, a part of the Cribarth Disturbance.[2]


The hill is entirely within access land and freely available to walkers. A private vehicular track which runs over the southeastern shoulder of neighbouring Fan Gyhirych affords the easiest and most commonly used ascent of Fan Fraith.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL12 'Brecon Beacons National Park: western area'
  2. ^ British Geological Survey 1:50,000 map sheet 231 'Merthyr Tydfil' & accompanying memoir

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