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Carneddau 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

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

 
Table of summits in the Carneddau Group

RankMountainMetresGroupLocation
3Carnedd Llywelyn1064CarneddauSnowdonia
4Carnedd Dafydd1044CarneddauSnowdonia
7Pen yr Ole Wen978CarneddauSnowdonia
9Foel-grach976CarneddauSnowdonia
11Yr Elen962CarneddauSnowdonia
14Foel-fras942CarneddauSnowdonia
48Pen yr Helgi-du833CarneddauSnowdonia
66Pen Llithrig-y-wrach799CarneddauSnowdonia
82Drum770CarneddauSnowdonia
160Cregiau Gleision678CarneddauSnowdonia
258Tal y Fan610CarneddauSnowdonia

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