komoot planned a hike.
November 8, 2018
The Carneddau Mountains are the largest area of land over 2,952 feet (900 meters) in England and Wales. Not surprising, then, that serious hikers visiting Snowdonia head here as a matter of urgency—the wild and unforgiving landscape simply begs to be conquered.
This exhilarating route is technical, fun, full of interest, has magnificent views every step of the way and is packed with exciting ridges, scrambles and heady drops. In short, it is a hiker’s dream. Absolutely unforgettable.
Right from the get-go, this route will have you pumping. Less than two miles in, you reach the 3,209 feet (978 meter) high summit of Pen Yr Ole Wen. While this route opts for the slightly easier approach to the peak, if you are feeling like a challenge, try the ascent from the Youth Hostel on the other side of Llyn Ogwen. While there are no ‘easy’ options, the alternative route is considerably steeper, rockier and a lot more technical.
Less than a mile from Pen Yr Ole Wen, you will find yourself on Carnedd Dafydd. Boasting magnificent views over to the Glyders, Tryfan, Carnedd LLewellyn and Anglesey to the north, the third highest summit in Wales is little-visited, which is surprising considering how richly it rewards those who conquer it. From there, you head along the ridge to the even less visited Yr Elen, which you might even have to yourself.
The final peak is the third highest in Wales, Carnedd Llewelyn. At 3,491 feet (1,064 meters)—a mere one meter below the second highest in Wales, Crib y Ddysgl—the wild summit boasts incredible panoramas.
From there, it is all downhill and even though the walking is not taking your breath away, the views certainly will.