Mountain rank by height: 55 out of 188
Height: 2,497ft | 761m
Region: Brecon Beacons
Grid ref: SN830209

Fan Hir can be approached from a few different directions, some gentle, some steep and forms part of a popular loop of four mountains which makes this area well walked. For me, I approached Fan Hir from the summit of Fan Brycheiniog and it was my sixth and final unique summit of the day (I would have to complete 11 summits in total as I double-backed to my car, parked on the A4069).

The Dip
The dip between Fan Brycheiniog (right) and Fan Hir (left). Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.

Fan Hir is a lot more distinctive in real life then it looks on the map and can be captured well with a single photograph. Paths up are easy to follow due to the popularity of this area.

Fan Hir
Fan Hir, looking South. Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.
Fan Hir
The path winds is clear and easy to follow, not always the case in the Black Mountains. Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.

The summit is only marked by a tiny pile of rocks, so it is easy to forget that this is still one of the higher summits in Wales. That is one of the strange things about walking mountains in Wales: never knowing what the summit is going to be marked by. The Black Mountains offer great variety, with various peaks being marked in different ways – including the non-mountain peaks.

Fan Hir Summit
The summit, marked by a few rocks. The view towards Pen y Fan. Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.
View from Fan Hir
Looking back towards Fan Brycheiniog. Tamron Adaptall SP 24-48 @ 24mm, f11.