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Fan y 'not so' Big! Brecon Beacons mountain gets downgraded to hill

Credit: Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

A 'mountain' in the Brecon Beacons has been downgraded to a hill after data revealed it doesn't meet the criteria.

Fan y Big, part of the high ridge heading easterly from famous Pen y Fan lost its status following a survey.

Classification requirements state that mountains are required to be at least 2,000 ft tall (610m) and have a minimum drop between the summit and col of 98.4ft (30m).

Fan Y Big peers at a height of 2,351ft (717.6m). However, the new drop measurement, completed using satellite technology has been recorded as 93.4ft (28.5m) which is 5ft (1.5m) less than what is required for mountain status.

Brecon Beacons National Park said although it may have lost a Beacon, Fan y Big will "continue to be a mountain to be climbed, a peak to be reached and a summit worth seeing".

Although, on paper we may have lost a Beacon, we all know at Brecon Beacons National Park that Fan y Big will continue to be a mountain to be climbed, a peak to be reached and a summit worth seeing. Let the satellites and figures show what they may, but underneath the starry night sky, the Fan y Big Beacon will continue to be a pinnacle at Wales’ best destination.

– Brecon Beacons National Park Authority