Carnedd Llewelyn

The second major peak of England and Wales. A Really bleak and lonely place, often windy. Usual ascent from Llyn Ogwen over the top of Carnedd Dafydd (1044m). Superp views to the Glyders and Snowdon in the south and on clear days over the sea to Liverpool and the Lake District. TB

The peak is the highest point of the Carneddau - a range of mountains in the northern part of Snowdonia between the Ogwen Valley and the North Wales Coast. It is a remote region populated by wild ponies and sees comparitively few hikers despite containing 7 of the Welsh 3000 foot summits. You will often have the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn to yourself - something you can't say about Snowdon to the south! The character of this northern range is typified by wide sweeping ridglines and open country in contrast to the sharp peaks and rocky cwms south of Llyn Ogwen.

Other ascent routes include that from Gerlan near Bethesda to the west and the long trek over Foel Fras from the north. The one described on the link is particularly interesting and ascends from the little known valley of Cwm Eigiau below the mountain's steep and craggy eastern slopes. PB

Elevation (feet): 3,491
Elevation (meters): 1,064
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Range/Region: Snowdonia
Latitude: 53.160564
Longitude: -3.969841
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: Birmingham, Liverpool
Convenient Center: Llanberis, Bethesda

Thanks to thom for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 8 trip reports for Carnedd Llewelyn.

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  • Log #16004 - by E on Apr 23, 2003
    Fog from bottom to top, so just like most Brittish hills I've climbed - including mouldy orange peel & coke cans in the cairn.
  • Log #16005 - by Paul Rudkin on Apr 09, 2003
    This is an amazing mountain because it's got so many possibilities for devising routes over it and the various surrounding (lower) summits. It is also generally much less crowded than the other main...
  • Log #16006 - by Trevor Mose on Nov 02, 2002
    Passed through in terrible conditions, cloudy, driving rain after a morning scramble up over Pen Yr Ole Wen. It looked pretty grey, that was about it! Went on over Carnedd Dafydd and down towards...
  • Log #16007 - by Sue & Philip Powell on July 19, 2002
    After a climb via Pen yr Ole Wen & Carnedd Dafydd in beautiful sunshine, the cloud came down over Carnedd Llewellyn. An interesting walk, passing en route several ancient burial cairns.
  • Log #16008 - by ken lloyd on May 17, 2002
    the carneddau are wonderful mountains especially when their sublime views are on offer. much of the northern range is ignored. a fine approach to Llewelyn may be made from the north by first climbing...
  • Log #16009 - by alistair greenough on Apr 10, 2002
    pen yr ole wen , carn. daff. to carn. llew. on a very hot and glorious day. waited 2 years to do this.
  • Log #16010 - by James on Apr 21, 2001
    Scrambled up the Llech Ddu Spur up onto Carnedd Dafydd. Across the top of the 'Black Ladders' to Carnedd Llewelyn. Misty on top, bit of trouble decsending onto Yr Elen. The clould cleared, the mist...
  • Log #16011 - by thom on Mar 04, 2001
    really wet day on the Carnedds. Climbed up Carnedd Dafydd from Llyn Ogwen and went up to Carnedd llewelly over the ridge. Up there I could see anything but fog. bad luck! went down to Capel Curig...