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Your Favourite Places in Wales (Part 2)

Pen y FanWhilst Snowdon, as the highest mountain in Wales, is understandably on your list of favourite places in Wales, so too is the highest mountain in the Southern half of the country - Pen y Fan.

Situated in the Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan climbs to 886 metres and is very popular with walkers. 

Those climbing the mountain from the Storey Arms side will pass a memorial obelisk.  It was built in memory to a five year old boy called Tommy Jones who, in 1900 got lost whilst visiting his grandparents.  After a 29 day search his body was found having died from hypothermia.  The obelisk marks the spot where his body was found.

The views from the top of the mountain are spectacular.  On a clear day you can enjoy vistas of the Southern Wales Valleys, the Bristol Channel and beyond to Exmoor to the South, Cardigan Bay to the West and the Cambrian Mountains to the North.

You can still nominate your favourite place in Wales.  Just go to our twitter page and use the hash tag #favouriteplaceinwales

Your Favourite Places in Wales (Part 1)

SnowdonOn St David's Day we asked you on our @wonderfulwales twitter page to nominate your favourite place in Wales (#favouriteplaceinwales). 

We had plenty of suggestions of places all over the country, showing what a diverse and spectacular country Wales is.

Unsurpisingly, our mountains featured in the list with Snowdon and Pen y Fan featuring.

Mount Snowdon (or Yr Wyddfa in Welsh) is the highest mountain in Wales.  Located in the Snowdonia National Park in the North West of the country, it is 1085 metres (3560ft) above sea level.  The views from the top are exceptional.  On a clear day from the summit you can see as far as Ireland and the Isle of Man.

The are a number of paths to the summit of Snowdon, some more difficult than others whilst the Snowdon Mountain Railway transports to the top those who wish to take it a little easier.