CARNEDDAU (WESTERN)
A PHOTOGRAPHIC WALKING WEBSITE by NEIL HASLEWOOD
Carneddau (Western) - 24th July 2007
WALK STATISTICS
Date 24th July 2007 Description Carneddau (Western)
Start Location A5 East of Llyn Ogwen Peaks Climbed Pen yr Ole Wen 978m
Start Grid Reference SH 66840 60500   Carnedd Dafydd 1,044m
Total Time 9hrs 12min   Carnedd Llewelyn 1,064m
Walking Time 6hrs 52min   Yr Elen 962m
Stopped Time 2hrs 20min   Foel Grach 976m
Distance 14.75 miles   Pen yr Helgi Du 833m
Moving Average 2.2 mph Temperature  15°C
Elevation at Start 312 metres Pressure 1011.2mb
Total Ascent 1,515 metres Weather Cloudy start - Sunny and dry later
Max Elevation 1,064 metres Walking With Mark
WALK NOTES
A5 East of Llyn Ogwen - Glen Dena - Tal y Llyn Ogwen - Pen yr Ole Wen - Carnedd Fach - Carnedd Dafydd - Cefn Ysgolion Duon - Bwlch Cyfryw-drum - Carnedd Llewelyn - Yr Elen - Foel Grach - Carnedd Llewelyn - Craig yr Isfa - Bwlch Eryl Farchog - Pen yr Helgi Du - Y Braich - A5 East of Llyn Ogwen

It was an early start for Mark and I to arrive at Llyn Ogwen for 9.00am. The start of the walk was dark and cloudy but as we ascended Pen yr Ole Wen the weather started to become much brighter. After parking the car on the roadside of the A5 east of Llyn Ogwen we walked by Glen Dena and Tal y Llyn Ogwen Farm to a ladder stile crossing the wall above the farm. The path was quite indistinct until we reached a second ladder stile. There are posts up the mountain side which should be followed. The path climbs above Ffynnon Lloer and on to the east ridge. There is a small amount of scrambling at this point.

On arriving at the summit of Pen yr Ole Wen we were in the cloud. We continued on to the south ridge where the edge of the mountain path drops very steeply down to the west end of Llyn Ogwen. The cloud was clearing and the views across to Tryfan and the Glyders were fantastic. We retraced our steps back to the Summit of Pen yr Ole Wen then took the ridge path to Carnedd Fach (where there is a huge ancient cairn) and Carnedd Dafydd. On arriving at Carnedd Dafydd we entered the cloud once again. Our route carried onwards along Cefn Ysgolion Duon and down to Bwlch Cyfryw-drum. We then ascended to Carnedd Llewelyn (the highest point of our walk at 1,064 metres).

Carnedd Llewelyn was visited twice on todays walk and in fact we took paths in every direction from/to the summit. The walk also kept us above 900 metres from Pen yr Ole Wen until we descended down to Pen yr Helgi Du (ie the majority of the walk!!!). From Carnedd Llewelyn we took the path to Yr Elen. The ridge route is quite an easy one but looks difficult from a distance. The views from the top were great to Bethesda, the Irish Sea, and the Northern Glyders (including the conical shaped mountain of Elidir Fawr).

We retraced our steps back to Carnedd Llewelyn (this time not to the summit) and then headed across to Foel Grach. Again there were excellent views this time to Garnedd Uchaf and the Conwy Valley. For the last time we arrived back to the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn.

Our return journey was via Craig yr Isfa to Pen yr Helgi Du. This was an exciting part of the walk as we had to scramble down Craig yr Isfa to Bwlch Eryl Farchog then up to the summit of Pen yr Helgi Du. There was a young teenage lad who was struggling to scramble down to Bwlch Eryl Farchog. We saw them again towards the end of the walk as we neared the A5. They had taken the path down to Ffynnon Llugwy Reservoir instead of ascending Pen yr Helgi Du. The path from the summit of Pen yr Helgi Du down the ridge to the A5 is quite a long one.

This was an excellent walk which we both enjoyed.

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PROFILE
REFERENCE

Reference Books Used

Mountains of England and Wales (Volume 1) by J & A Nuttall (Cicerone)
Maps Used
OL17 Explorer - Snowdon (Conwy Valley)
PHOTOGRAPHS
Tryfan & Glyders from Pen yr Ole Wen
Tryfan from ascent of Pen yr Ole Wen
Ffynnon Lloer
Path up Pen yr Ole Wen - view to Capel Curig
Glyders from Pen yr Ole Wen
Tryfan from Pen yr Ole Wen
Tryfan & Glyders from Pen yr Ole Wen
Tryfan & Glyders from Pen yr Ole Wen
Llyn Idwal & Glyders from Pen yr Ole Wen
Tryfan & Llyn Ogwen from Pen yr Ole Wen
Pen yr Ole Wen Summit shelter
Pen yr Ole Wen Summit
Pen yr Ole Wen Summit - view to Capel Curig
Pen yr Ole Wen Summit - view to Tryfan
Carnedd Dafydd from Pen yr Ole Wen
Ffynnon Lloer from ridge to Carnedd Dafydd
Ancient cairn on ridge to Carnedd Dafydd
Ancient cairn on ridge to Carnedd Dafydd
Carnedd Fach on ridge to Carnedd Dafydd
Carnedd Dafydd Summit (in cloud!!)
Ysgolion Duon
Ridge route to Carnedd Llewelyn
Carnedd Dafydd & Cwm Llafar
Pen yr Helgi Du on ridge to Carnedd Llewelyn
Ridge to Carnedd Llewelyn
Pen yr Helgi Du on ridge to Carnedd Llewelyn
Carnrdd Dafydd on ridge to Carnedd Llewelyn
Pen yr Helgi Du & Ffynnon Llugwy Reservoir
Pen Llithrig-y-wrach with Pen yr Helgi Du & Ffynnon Llugwy from near Carnedd Llewelyn
Carnedd Dafydd from Carnedd Llewelyn
Pen Llithrig-y-wrach & Pen yr Helgi Du from Carnedd Llewelyn
Carnedd Llewelyn Summit
Carnedd Llewelyn Summit
Yr Elen from descent of Carnedd Llewelyn
Yr Elen
Yr Elen Summit looking to Bethesda
Yr Elen Summit looking to Northern Glyders
Yr Elen
Yr Elen from path to Carnedd Llewelyn
Yr Elen from Carnedd Llewelyn
Conwy Valley from Foel Grach
Foel Grach Summit
Foel Grach Summit with Garnedd Uchaf
Yr Elen from Foel Grach
Foel Grach from path to Carnedd Llewelyn
Carnedd Llewelyn Summit
Carnedd Llewelyn Summit
Pen Llithrig-y-wrach and Pen yr Helgi Du from descent of Carnedd Llewelyn
Pen yr Helgi Du & Ffynnon Llugwy Reservoir
Descent of Carnedd Llewelyn
Pen yr Helgi Du
Scrambling down Craig yr Isfa
Pen yr Helgi Du & Ffynnon Llugwy Reservoir from Craig yr Isfa
Ffynnon Llugwy Reservoir from Craig yr Isfa
Pen yr Helgi Du from Craig yr Isfa
Scrambling to Pen yr Helgi Du Summit
Glyders from ascent of Pen yr Helgi Du
Pen yr Helgi Du Summit & Pen Llithrig-y-wrach
Pen yr Helgi Du Summit with Cwm Eigiau
Wild ponies near Pen Llithrig-y-wrach

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