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