Compleating the Carneddau.

Discussion in 'Hiking Chat' started by The Cumbrian, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Ultralighter

    I had another fantastic trip to the Carneddau on Saturday 26th September, which is becoming my favourite mountain range in Wales. The unexpected sunshine after a very windy night has left me a little scorched, which I didn't think would happen this close to October. The main reason for the walk was to tick off the three remaining Carneddau 2000ers that I hadn't visited (Pen y Castell, Pen yr Helgi Du and Pen Llithrig y Wrach). I also revisited Drum, Foel-fras, Carnedd Gwenllian, Foel Grach and Carnedd Llewelyn to give an excellent high level round.
    After the usual relaxed start, a walked over Pen y Castell, Drum and finally Foel-fras, which I reached in time to get the tent up and watch the sun go down. I was very pleased that I'd taken my four season tent for a pre-winter shakedown rather than my Rizla thin DCF tent, as it blew a hoolie all night and I was camped in a very exposed position.

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    I woke up inside a cloud, so I turned over and went back to sleep. When I woke again a bit later it was starting to clear, so I had some breakfast, got packed up and set off towards Carnedd Gwenllian. I got chatting to a couple here who'd also camped out the previous night, and then set off towards Foel Grach. As I headed south I met more people, and there was a bit of a party atmosphere on Carnedd Llewelyn.

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    We were commenting that if it was busy here, then it must be heaving on Snowden and The Glyders. I dropped from the summit along the nice ridge towards Pen yr Helgi Du, which involved a little light scrambling down to the col, and then back up towards the summit. This was the steepest part of the route, but my legs felt it more on thr ascent of the next and final top, Pen Llithrig y Rach. I spent a relaxing ten minutes sat by the summit cairn in the sun, watching the clouds and ravens playing in the wind before descending the relatively trackless and very damp hill towards Llyn Eigiau and an easy track back to the truck.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2020
  2. Nigelp

    Nigelp Ultralighter

    Very nice. I need to get to North Wales again soon.
  3. Darren

    Darren Summit Camper

    Looks awesome, Jealous!!!!
  4. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    Shhhh! One of my favourite places. Don’t tell everyone!
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  5. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Ultralighter

    It's fantastic isn't it? To those who are more familiar with The Lakes, it's like the Helvellyn range on steroids, with rocky, castellated tops (especially to the north) and sea views.
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  6. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Very nice :thumbsup:...
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  7. MikeinDorset

    MikeinDorset Ultralighter

    My favourite day out is to tick off the Carneddau. (I hope you included Yr Elen!) I'm jealous! Bwlch Eryl Farchog (the little ridge between Carnedd Llewellyn and Pen yr Helgi Du) is lovely.
  8. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Ultralighter

    Awesome sunsets and scenery - perfect weekend really! :)
  9. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Ultralighter

    I did the full traverse of all the 3000ers as a day walk a few years ago. One of the best walks in Wales IMHO.
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  10. MikeinDorset

    MikeinDorset Ultralighter

    My most perfect day in the Carneddau was in snow. We spent about 10 hours up there (if you include the plod down the nose of Pen Yr Ole Wen, back to the YH), dug our way into the little shelter on Foel Grach for an excellent lunch - a completely OTT picnic - and only met one small group, in the distance, near Foel Fras.
  11. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Wonderful area, must go back soon.
  12. SteG

    SteG Ultralighter

    Me too Mike. I think it's a great snowy route along the tops.
  13. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Did all the 3000s in the Carneddau in a long day with my then 12-year-old daughter. Very misty, a little drizzly, and tears/demands for a helicopter at one point. Fond memories.
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  14. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    I love the names on that side. Hill of the Black dog/hound and Hill of the slippery witch.

    Shewie had a great night on Foel Goch.:laugh:
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