Visited on a sunny but chilly Bank Holiday (3.5.2010). The Mountain Centre carpark was packed as we arrived here from Libanus, and the attraction is obvious. There is a terrific panoramic view from Mynydd Illtud, taking in the Black Mountains ridges: Hay Bluff, Twmpa, Waun Fach, Pen y Gadair Fawr, Pen Allt-mawr and Pen Cerrig-calch to the east. To the south-east there are the looming peaks of the central Beacons, dominated by Pen y Fan and Corn Du, then south to Fan Fawr and the nearby Fan Frynych, across to the SW taking in the Camarthan Fans. Amazing. Many of the peaks are topped by Bronze Age cairns and pointed to by standing stones. The majority of people headed off NE towards the higher points of the common, to fly kites and take in the glorious views. But we headed towards the first of today's sites, the excitingly named Mountain Centre 1 standing stone.
A short walk away from the Mountain Centre, the Bank Holiday crowds are already left behind to the north-east.
The stone is clearly visible from the single track road that runs west to east across the common. It is a fairly undistinguished, low stone, which must have made for a pretty small thief.
It does however have an unbeatable view of Pen y Fan and Corn Du to the SE. It is also very close the Bedd Gwyl Illtyd cairn, where we headed next.