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