Folks climbing Pen y Fan will probably be charged £7.50 to park

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Pen y Fan is one of the region’s greatest day trips for those climbing the highest peak in South Wales. However, those traveling to Pen y Fan and planning to use the Pont ar Daf car park later in the year will incur additional charges for the day.

The National Trust, which owns Pont af Daf car park, has announced plans to charge motorists a flat fee of £7.50 to park there once work to expand and redevelop the site is complete. Adjacent to the main A470 road, between Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil, Pont af Daf is one of the most popular car parks to climb the Pen y Fan. Those who are members of the National Trust do not have to pay the fee.

The fee was announced as work prepares to remodel the car park and add around 200 more spaces. Significant improvements in summer and autumn 2022 will create more disabled parking spaces, barrier-free toilets and baby changing facilities, as well as charging stations for electric vehicles.

There will also be parking for minibuses, coaches and cyclists, as well as an area for emergency services and other similarly related users of the beacons, while improvements are planned to signage, footpaths and information to help people better plan their day.

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Some have branded this new parking fee as the “entry fee” for Pen y Fan, adding additional hidden costs to what could be mistaken for a day off. But Alan Kearsley-Evans, General Manager of National Trust Cymru Brecon Beacons and Gower, said: “These planned improvements are long needed and will transform the way visitors are welcomed at Pont ar Daf at the foot of this iconic mountain. Improving the car park is an important part of our work in caring for the Brecon Beacons, caring for the land around Pen y Fan and the network of over 70km of footpaths so thousands of people can continue to walk the area.”

There are growing concerns about the safety of the main road as motorists also park on the side of the road, which some say is also damaging to the national park’s environment. In recent years, Dyfed-Powys Police and the Brecon Beacons National Park have asked motorists to consider alternative parking for climbing the mountain.

A reduced speed limit applies in the area at weekends. The National Trust is aiming to complete work on the car park by winter 2022 and said disruption to the current car park would be minimal. To keep up to date with the biggest news from across Wales, subscribe to our newsletter here.

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