Outdoor fans heading to Pen y Fan should consider alternative start points. Photo: Herby CC-BY-SA-3.0

Outdoor fans heading to Pen y Fan should consider alternative start points. Photo: Herby CC-BY-SA-3.0

Police are warning visitors to south Wales’s highest peak to expect the main parking area to be especially busy.

Dyfed-Powys Police urged anyone considering an ascent of Pen y Fan to consider alternative starting points to the popular Storey Arms route.

Officers said numerous events are taking place over the weekend, which will use the Pont ar Daf car park and the Storey Arms Centre and car park.

Roads policing officers will be patrolling the Storey Arms area, which is expected to be particularly busy, to ensure parking rules around the A470 clearway are upheld. They will also be conducting Operation Darwen, a regular campaign aimed at reducing casualties on the roads.

Sergeant Owen Dillon nof the roads policing unit said: “I anticipate a very busy period on the local roads this weekend and particularly in the area of Storey Arms.

“In addition to the large number of visitors I expect to walk up Pen y Fan there are several events taking place, all bringing extra parking to the area.

“There are a number of alternative places to park your vehicles if visiting the Brecon Beacons, which still have good routes to Pen y Fan. I would urge anyone planning on visiting to consider parking at locations including Cwm Gwydi, the Neuadd Valley or Craig Cerrig Gleisiad Nature Reserve.

“We will be continuing with police patrols of the Storey Arms area this weekend and will take action where it is required. Our priority is ensuring there are no obstructions on the A470 and that people observe the clearway and do not park on the road.”

Chief Inspector Matt Scrase added: “We appreciate that the beautiful Brecon Beacons draw in thousands of walkers over the summer months, and we encourage visitors to come and enjoy the region.

“We just ask that they do so safely, taking into consideration their own needs, that of other walkers, and other road users who also want to come and enjoy what Dyfed-Powys has to offer.”

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