People climbing Pen y Fan will be charged £7.50 to park
Walkers traveling to climb Pen y Fan will soon be charged for parking. The National Trust, which owns the Pont ar Daf car park, has announced plans to charge drivers a flat rate of £7.50 to park there once the site extension and redevelopment work is completed. Adjacent to the main A470, between Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil, Pont ar Daf is one of the most popular car parks to park for climbing Pen y Fan. Those who are members of the National Trust will not be required to pay the fee.
The charge was announced as work prepares to begin transforming the car park and adding around 200 more spaces. Major upgrades over the summer and fall of 2022 will provide more disabled parking spaces, accessible washrooms and changing facilities, and electric vehicle charging stations .
There will also be parking for minibuses, coaches and cyclists and an area for emergency services and other similar beacon users, while improvements are planned for signage, trails and information for allow people to better plan their day.
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Some have referred to these new parking fees as an “entrance fee” to Pen y Fan, adding an additional hidden cost to what might seem like a free day. But Alan Kearsley-Evans, chief executive of National Trust Cymru Brecon Beacons and Gower, said: “These planned improvements are long overdue and will transform the way visitors are welcomed to Pont ar Daf, which sits at the foot of this iconic mountain. Improving the car park is a key part of our work to care for the Brecon Beacons, caring for the land around Pen y Fan and the network of over 70km of footpaths so that thousands of people can continue to enjoy the walk in this area.
There are growing concerns about the safety of the main road as drivers also park on the side of the road, which some say also harms the environment of the national park. Over the past few years Dyfed-Powys Police and the Brecon Beacons National Park have asked drivers to consider using alternative parking to climb the mountain.
In the area on weekends there is a reduced speed limit. The National Trust aims 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 newsletters here.