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Carneddau
Walking Guide and Walks

The Carneddau mountains are in the Snowdonia National Park and form the largest area of high ground over 910 metres (3000 feet) in Wales and England. The highest summit is Carnedd Llewelyn (1064 m.) which is linked to a further five summits over 910 metres. In addition to the high mountains there are several lakes including Llyn Cowlyd and Llyn Eigiau.

From a walker's perspective most routes approach from the Ogwen Valley in the west. Other less used and longer paths also approach the major summits from the east and north. A personal highlight is the steep ascent of Pen yr Ole Wen from Ogwen, which offers grandstand views of the Glyders including iconic Tryfan. Once height is gained, walking is superb as you enjoy the rugged mountain scenery. One word of warning. The Eastern Carneddau are relatively wild and remote and care is needed with navigation and appropriate equipment and maps essential.

List of walks

★ GPS file available   ☩ Route profile

WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
3062★☩Pen yr Ole Wen from the Ogwen Valleymoderate5.00
3056★☩Pen yr Helgi Du from the Ogwen Valleymoderate5.50
3051★☩Yr Elen from Gerlan, Bethesdahard6.50
2608Crimpiau & Creigiau Gleision from Llyn Crafnantmoderate7.50
2558★☩Carnedd Dafydd & Pen yr Ole Wen from Bethesdamod/hard8.00
2542Foel Grach from Llyn Eigiau, Carneddaumoderate8.50
2200★☩Eastern Carneddau from Capel Curigmoderate8.50
3052★☩Yr Elen & Carnedd Dafydd from Gerlan, Bethesdahard9.00
1635Garnedd Uchaf & Llyn Eigiau nr Tal-y-Bontmod/hard9.00
3020★☩Aber Falls, Foel-fras & Drum from Abergwyngregynmod/hard9.00
2115★☩Yr Elen, Carnedd Llewellyn & Carnedd Dafyddhard9.50
2902★☩Creigiau Gleision & Llyn Cowlyd from Capel Curigmoderate9.50
3047★☩The Carneddau from Llyn Eigiau, Carneddauhard10.00
3061★☩Eastern Carneddau from near Rowenmod/hard10.50
3021★☩The Northern Carneddau from Abergwyngregynmod/hard12.00
2547★☩Carnedd Llewelyn via the Eastern Carneddaumod/hard12.00
2820★☩Carneddau traverse from Llyn Ogwen to Bont Newyddmod/hard14.00
1232★☩Carnedd Llewelyn, Llyn Eigiau & Llyn Cowlydhard16.00
3002The Welsh Three-Thousanderssevere31.50

 
Table of summits in the Carneddau Group

RankMountainMetresLocation
3Carnedd Llywelyn1064Snowdonia
4Carnedd Dafydd1044Snowdonia
7Pen yr Ole Wen978Snowdonia
9Foel-grach976Snowdonia
11Yr Elen962Snowdonia
14Foel-fras942Snowdonia
48Pen yr Helgi-du833Snowdonia
66Pen Llithrig-y-wrach799Snowdonia
82Drum770Snowdonia
160Cregiau Gleision678Snowdonia
258Tal y Fan610Snowdonia

 

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