The Carned­dau Route 5

The high ridges of the Carned­dau pro­vide some of North Wales’ best and high­est sky­line walk­ing. Tom Hut­ton is your guide...

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Tra­verse the sky­line in Snow­do­nia

Carnedd Llewe­lyn and Carnedd Dafydd both rise well above the 1000m con­tour line and boast the high­est ground in the Carned­dau mas­sif. Llewe­lyn is of­ten de­scribed as the sec­ond high­est moun­tain in Wales, but this only re­ally stacks up if Carnedd Ugain (Snow­don’s near­est neigh­bour) is dis­counted due to the mod­est reas­cent from Bwlch Glas and the high­est peak. They are both im­pres­sive, bulky moun­tains, very dif­fer­ent in char­ac­ter to the nearby Gly­derau and Snow­don ranges, hid­ing their drama in deeply cloven cwms and craggy cirques rather than pin­na­cled ridges and shapely sum­mits.

This walk takes in both sum­mits – it would be a shame to sep­a­rate them for the mod­est de­scent and reas­cent re­quired – and loops around their two im­pres­sive western val­leys: Cwm Caseg and Cwm Lla­far, to pro­vide a real clas­sic sky­line tra­verse. It also bags Foel Grach along the way, and could be eas­ily ex­tended to grab Carnedd Gwen­l­lian as well. The fi­nal sec­tion crosses some wild and re­mote ground that adds am­bi­ence to an al­ready ex­hil­a­rat­ing day, and pro­vides awe­some views back over the cwms to the gen­tle giants you crossed ear­lier.

Yr Elen, the Black Lad­ders and the head of Cwm Lla­far.

Pin­na­cles on Mynydd Du.

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