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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

3062★☩Pen yr Ole Wenmoderate5.00
3056★☩Pen yr Helgi Du from Ogwen Valleymoderate5.50
3051★☩Yr Elen from Gerlanhard6.50
2608Crimpiau & Creigiau Gleision from Llyn Crafnantmoderate7.50
2558★☩Carnedd Dafydd & Pen yr Ole Wen from Bethesdamod/hard8.00
2542Foel Grach & Llyn Eigiaumoderate8.50
2200★☩Eastern Carneddaumoderate8.50
3052★☩Yr Elen & Carnedd Dafydd from Gerlanhard9.00
1635Garnedd Uchaf & Llyn Eigiaumod/hard9.00
3020★☩Aber Falls, Foel-fras & Drummod/hard9.00
2115★☩Yr Elen, Carnedd Llewellyn & Carnedd Dafyddhard9.50
2902★☩Creigiau Gleision & Llyn Cowlyd from Capel Curigmoderate9.50
3047★☩The Carneddau from Llyn Eigiauhard10.00
3061★☩Eastern Carneddau from near Rowenmod/hard10.50
3021★☩Northern Carneddaumod/hard12.00
2547★☩Carnedd Llewelyn from near Rowenmod/hard12.00
2820★☩Carneddau traverse from Llyn Ogwenmod/hard14.00
1232★☩Carnedd Llewelyn, Llyn Eigiau & Llyn Cowlydhard16.00
3002Welsh Three-Thousanders from Pen-y-Passsevere31.50

Table of summits in the Carneddau Group

3Carnedd Llewelyn1064 / 3491Snowdonia
4Carnedd Dafydd1044 / 3425Snowdonia
7Pen yr Ole Wen978 / 3209Snowdonia
9Foel-grach976 / 3202Snowdonia
11Yr Elen962 / 3156Snowdonia
14Foel-fras942 / 3091Snowdonia
48Pen yr Helgi-du833 / 2733Snowdonia
66Pen Llithrig-y-wrach799 / 2621Snowdonia
82Drum770 / 2526Snowdonia
160Cregiau Gleision678 / 2224Snowdonia
258Tal y Fan610 / 2001Snowdonia


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