BERA BACH SNOW­DO­NIA

Trail (UK) - - BASE CAMP -

Chances are you’ve prob­a­bly never heard of Bera Bach. Its name ba­si­cally trans­lated from Welsh to English rather unim­pres­sively means ‘small pyra­mid’. The draw of Bera Bach though is not the weather-worn stony bump of the moun­tain it­self, but the ex­tra­or­di­nary view of the Carned­dau that opens up ahead and the twin­kling depths of the Ir­ish Sea be­hind as you sum­mit its re­spectable 807m.

To find it you’re best to fol­low the im­pres­sive up­per side of Aber Falls on the Welsh coast into the north­ern fringes of the Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park. Ap­proach­ing it from the north, away from the tourist trails, you can al­most guar­an­tee hav­ing it all to your­self too.

You’ll see no larger area of moun­tain­ous land­scape in the whole of Eng­land and Wales than right here in the Carned­dau range. From this spot on Bera Bach the sky­line is crowned by the gi­ant domed sum­mit of Carnedd Llewe­lyn reach­ing 1064m above sea-level, while Yr Elen’s shapely ridge draws your eye and prom­ises ad­ven­tures for an­other day.

Hav­ing im­mersed your­self in the majesty of moun­tains and sea all from one van­tage point, you’ll feel the draw of Carnedd Gwen­l­lian to com­plete a sat­is­fy­ing sea-to-sum­mit romp with over 1000m of ascent.

Now is surely the time to seize those views while the prom­ise of more set­tled weather re­mains...

GAVIN HASKELL / ALAMY

Look­ing from Bera Bach to­wards Carnedd Llewe­lyn (left) and Yr Elen (cen­tre).

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