The Southern Carneddauby Nicholas Livesey Oct/2011
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Anyone travelling through the Ogwen Valley for the first time would be forgiven for ignoring the huge grassy whalebacks which form the northern wall of this handsome defile. Indeed, with Tryfan’s striking good looks and the rock studded cwms of the Glyderau on display it’s little wonder that the Carneddau are shunned by those hankering after exciting scrambles and memorable days on classic rock routes. However, if it’s a superb walk in relative solitude you’re after then folk in the know will point you at those big old lumps where scenes of genuine grandeur can also be won, but unlike the cheap thrills of their Ogwen brethren, the secrets of the Carneddau must be earned. Spaciousness, fantastic views and an atmosphere of the ancient await you on this route which crosses some of the highest mountains in the principality.
Distance: 8.70 miles (14 km)
Total ascent: 902m
Steepest Gradient: 41% (1 in 2)
Time: 6 – 8 hours (Walking)
The route starts at Glan Dena just off the A5 near the head of Llyn Ogwen, SH668605
Bethesda, Capel Curig
Boggy ground, broad stony paths, short sections of easy scrambling and road walking.
This is a long and relatively remote walk over high mountains which are exposed to any bad weather going. In winter walkers should be properly equipped and able to navigate competently on featureless terrain. The short sections of scrambling can be treacherous if iced/verglassed and might occasionally merit a low-end climbing grade I.
Weather and Hill Conditions:
mwis: Snowdonia – Met Office: Snowdonia
The Welsh Peaks by W.A.Poucher - Constable
Hillwalking in Wales Vol 1 by Peter Hermon - Cicerone http://www.cicerone.co.uk/product/detail.cfm/book/467/title/hillwalking-in-wales-vol-1/refer/ukh
The Ridges of England, Wales and Ireland by Dan Bailey - Cicerone
OS Explorer OL17 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Snowdonia (1:40,000), OS Landranger 115 (1:50,000)
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