The Carneddau mountains are in my view the best high level walking in snowdonia away from the tourists. The walk we completed was to summit the second highest mountain in wales, as most think of snowdon but not many people think what is the second highest mountain in england and wales? with snowdon at 1085 metres above sea-level and the second highest being Carnedd Llewllellyn (named after a welsh prince) standing at an impressive 1064 meters above sealevel and just a 20 metre difference between snowdon makes this a mountain worth climbing and with some excellent landscape photography opportunity's.
starting on the A5 at the base of Tryfan and following steady ascent and the a grade one scramble to the summit of Pen-yr-ole wen at 978 meters above sealevel you are greeted with spectacular views of the anglesey, Irish sea and we were lucky to catch a glimpse of the isle-of-man and on clear days Ireland can be sea as you can from cadir idris and the Aran mountains.
we then followed a path to the summit to Carnedd Dafydd at 1044 meters above sea-level and a descent to the impressive Sgolion Duon ( black ladders) the the final ascent to the 1065 meters of Carnedd Llewllellyn.
the descent is a steep one and we found walking poles a must at places and some reverse scrambling.
Total distance of 15km over 6 hours in good weather conditions summiting three of the welsh 3000ers.
we would stress if walking the Carneddau mountains to wear the correct clothing and walking boots as well as a map and compass with the skills to use a map and compass,the mountains are open from the elements from the weather can quickly change on the mountains as can the visibility.
above and below: starting point just of the A5 and nice clear sky in the Ogwen valley and Y Garn
above and below:the ascent to the summit of Pen-yr-ole wen looking over to Tryfan, Glyder Fawr and Llyn ogwen.
The final path leading to the summit
above: looking down on the Ogwen valley from the summit of Pen yr ole wen
above: looking towards the ridge path to Carnedd Dafydd, isle of man in the distance over the Irish sea
below: Carnedd Dafydd our next mountain the sea in the left of the photo
above: looking back from Pen yr ole wen, Snowdon centre of photo and Y Garn to the left
above and below: the summit of Carnedd Dafydd and a view from the summit looking over the Irish sea
above.walking towards Sgolion Duon (black ladders)
below:looking down from the black ladders and walking up the final summit of Carnedd Llewllellyn
above and below: summit of Carnedd Llewllellyn snowdon visable to the right of the top photo
above:The steep descent from Carnedd Llewllellyn heading towards the lake
below: spot the climbers
above and below: descending a very steep Penywaun-wen, walking poles were very helpful here
above and below: final section and walking back down the A5
A 4.5km following a walk starting at the bottom of Pistyll Rhaeadr and walking up Craig y mwn to explore old lead mine workings and along the Craig y mwn ridge and back to the top of the waterfall with some interesting scenery and a good place to take photos from the top of wales highest single drop waterfall at height of 240ft (80m).
below:walking up a old miners path with good views of Cadair Berwyn and Moel sych looking back
Below: on the upper slopes of Craig y mwn the views just kept getting better as we kept walking up
below: looking out from the entrance of one of the mines (entrance had collapsed)
Below: old lead mine workings
below: Afon Disgynfa that flows over Pistyll Rhaeadr and its only this small amount of water produces such a spectacular sight
below: near the top of Pistyll Rhaeadr, there are some interesting small waterfalls too
above and below: standing atop of a 240ft waterfall
we were not the only visitors to Pistyll Rhaeadr
This was more of a visit than a walk and a Sunday drive around Cheshire with a few photo opportunity's at Anderton Boat Lift in Northwich in Cheshire. an interesting structure built to lift boats from the river weaver 50ft up to the Trent and Mersey Canal and vice-versa, and fascinating to watch boats being lifted. The visitor centre free to get in with some facts and history on the boat lift as also it renovation as it spent many years disused and fall into ruining
Below: i managed to get some good black and white photos of the lift from this spot.
Above and below: fascinating to watch the boat going into the lift as the door rises
below: going up from the River Weaver
below: lift complete and boat level with the Trent and Mersey Canal
above and below: views of the boat but on the return trip back down to the river weaver
above: nearby canal boat marina
above: we spotted this giant Dalek in a field outside Nantwich ,it turned out to be a 35ft tall and made out of straw part of a sales gimmick for snugburys ice cream stands 35ft tall and weighs 6 tons the head turns and gun moves too
Tir Gofal path to cadir berwyn is walk that i have been meaning to do for a while, the berwyns are known for lack of paths or at least were there is a path they can easily get washed away as the ground on these mountains are mostly made up of peat bogs and health moor land, walking these mountains are challenging with navigation and as mentioned.. peat bogs, i have and always advice anyone walking there berwyns to walk when there is a drought ( due to how wet the ground can be) and of course carrying plenty of drinking water. anyone with a interest in aircraft will find the berwyns of interest as there are many crash sites on these mountains.
walk i have done was starting not far from Llanarmon DC at Cwm Gwynedd (grid SJ 119306)
above- walking up the fence line with some impressive forestry, heading to the summit of Mynydd Tarw and properly on of the steepest parts of the walk
above-Looking back down on the forestry and some impressive hills, the weather was a little hazy but at least warm and dry spring weather
above-stone wind shelter on the summit of Mynydd Tarw 2234ft or 679 meters above level. Here i was taking some photos of cadir berwyn and some interesting cloud
above- rocky out crop of Cerrig Geneugiaid, with cadir berwyn looming in the distance
above and below- on the summit of Foel Wen 2267ft or 691 metres above sea-level
i was following the fence as the path runs along it,Cadair Bronwen is centre of photo.a future project is to return to find a crash wreckage of a Bristol Blenheim bomber L4873 dating from March 1940 is still on Foel Wen
below- not-so interesting summit of Tomle 2434ft or 742 metres above sea-level, berwyn ridge getting closer
above- ascending crag berwyn, the cairn is to a crashed ww2 B17 flying fortress that hit crag berwyn the crash site is close by.Local accounts reveal that B17 crash site was strewn with ammunition, a fair quantity of which was collected by local farmers.
below on the berwyn ridge and heading for the cadair berwyn summit
above- Cadair Berwyn old summit at 2713ft or 827 metres above sea-level, the true summit is the background
below-the true summit or new top as its known with a slight difference at 2723ft or 830 metres above sealevel. from this point i made a descent of the summit down ito the valley below heading to a old slate mine which runs under the berwyn ridge.
above- tiny entrance to the mine of which i managed to fit through
below- inside the cavern i found the mine was flooded,my advice is not to attempt going down flooded mines
below- second mine i came across
below- looking inside the second mine
above- brake drum on the fragmentary remains of an incline . below looking down the incline
above- a interesting house while heading back to the car on the lane that runs down the valley. overall a good mountain walk with some interesting history long the way.
try this link for a interest in the berwyn mountains..... http://www.rcahmw.gov.uk/media/235.pdf