One of the highest mountains in Wales, Carnedd Dafydd is in the mighty Carneddau range, sitting at 3,425 feet (1,044 m) between Pen yr Ole Wen and Carnedd Llewelyn. Rising above the Ogwen Valley, you can choose to hike this peak using a variety of paths, keeping it as short or as long as you like.
On the edge of Snowdonia National Park, the views you’ll enjoy hiking up Carnedd Dafydd are more than just mountains and valleys. To the north west, Conwy Bay, the Irish Sea and Anglesey are all so close it feels as though you could reach out and touch them.
Climbing past the crags of the Carneddau
If you’re in the mood for a challenge, you can hike from the A5 at Pont Pen y Benglog, directly up Pen yr Ole Wen and along the ridge to Dafydd’s glorious summit. Alternatively, a sometimes boggy route can be had from the east end of Llyn Ogwen, following the Afon Lloer stream up. You can also ascend from Bethesda to the north west, following Afon Llafar for the exceptional Llech Ddu Spur grade one scramble. The summit offers a loose cairn shelter of sorts, enough to get out of any direction of wind and have a rest (read: snack).
Expanding this hike is easy, almost necessary. The Carneddau ridge offers fantastic views on clear days and breathtaking scenes when the weather comes in, hulking clouds squatting on Snowdon, revealing just its peak if you’re lucky. With the stunning Tryfan and the Glyders to the south, views don’t really get better than this. You can follow the ridge as far as time permits and enjoy out-and-back or loop walks.
Ascend Carnedd Dafydd throughout the year but watch out for changeable weather and strong winds. When snow and ice descend, only experienced winter mountaineers should attempt this summit.
Find refreshments and accommodation at the YHA in Pont Pen y Benglog, Bethesda or Capel Curig.
After a steep push to the summit, your effort is rewarded with spectacular views over to the Glyders, Tryfan, Carnedd Llewellyn and Anglesey to the north. At 3,425 feet (1,044 m) high, it is the third highest summit in Wales. However, it is far less visited than the giant of Snowdon, meaning you can experience the wild mountain landscape in more solitude.
November 7, 2018
Reputedly named after a medieval Welsh prince, Carnedd Daffyd forms part of the great Carneddau ridge: the largest area above 3000ft anywhere in Britain south of the Highlands. Its shadowed, fearsome north face is an immense cliff – but most walkers approach via Pen yr Ole Wen, a steep route with grandstand views of Tryfan.
December 2, 2019
We were lucky to have a sky blue day on a 20km hike over the Carneddau range. Superb all round views can be had here of not only the Carneddau range but of the one and only Tryfan, the Glyders and over the Mendai straight into Anglesey. It is a hard slog to get here but well worth it.
October 28, 2020
Carnedd Dafydd is 3.425 feet (1.044 meters) high, which makes the mountain the second highest summit of the Carneddau range. If your lucky, you'll meet some of the feral goats, which live up on the green slopes.
January 12, 2018
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