Fan y Big

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Fan y Big
Fan y Big with Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion (behind) from Cribyn
Elevation 719 m (2,359 ft)
Prominence 30 m (98 ft)
Parent peak Waun Rydd
Listing Hewitt, Nuttall
Translation peak/beacon of the bill/beak (Welsh)
Location Powys, Wales
Range Brecon Beacons
OS grid SO036206
Coordinates 51°52′34″N 3°24′04″W / 51.8762°N 3.401°W / 51.8762; -3.401Coordinates: 51°52′34″N 3°24′04″W / 51.8762°N 3.401°W / 51.8762; -3.401
Topo map OS Landranger 160

Fan y Big (or Fan y Bîg on Ordnance Survey maps), /væn.ə.ˈbɡ/, is a subsidiary summit of Waun Rydd in the Brecon Beacons National Park, in southern Powys, Wales. At 719m, Fan y Big lies at the western tip of the Gwaun Cerrig Llwydion plateau. Its name translates as 'peak of the bill' - perhaps in allusion to its striking pointed shape, as seen from some directions. The summit is bare and marked with a cairn, which stands on the edge of its precipitous western face. The view of this face from Cribyn is regarded as utterly striking.[1]

It is often passed by walkers aiming for Cribyn, Pen y Fan and Corn Du and also forms part of the Fan dance.


  1. ^ Nuttall, John & Anne (1999). The Mountains of England & Wales - Volume 1: Wales (2nd edition ed.). Milnthorpe, Cumbria: Cicerone. ISBN 1-85284-304-7.

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