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...
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.