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A Round of the Northern Carneddau 3000ers Walking

This is a nice way to enjoy the 3000ft+ hills situated in the more obscure northern part of the Carneddau range. They are all pleasant rounded summits with a lovely remote setting, and can often be savoured without the crowds associated with more popular areas like Snowdon and the Glyderau. The high starting point in Cwm Eigiau means that it is also a fairly easy walk to accomplish relative to the size of the hills.

Lonely approach to Carnedd Llewelyn.  © johnhenderson
Lonely approach to Carnedd Llewelyn. © johnhenderson
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SH7317666332 From the car parking at the end of the single track lane head northwest along a 4x4 track for 500m or so. Just before the track heads more steeply up hill another track leads off the right and skirts around the spur. Follow this track all the way to a dam on the Afon Dulyn.

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SH7245867547 Cross the stream and then turn left and cross the tributary and follow the path across often boggy ground to the next much smaller stream. Turn right and handrail this up past a large network of sheepfolds and continue on for 300m or so to another higher traversing footpath.

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SH7113667825 Turn left and follow the path as it rises towards the col separating Foel Fras and Carnedd Gwenllian. At the col turn right and ascend to the summit of Foel Fras.
Llyn Dulyn, Carneddau, North Wales  © AllanMac
Llyn Dulyn, Carneddau, North Wales
© AllanMac, Jun 2008

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SH6963268137 Retrace your steps to the col and then climb to the summit of Carnedd Gwenllian.

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SH6876766936 Carry on along the broad ridge past a col to the next summit, Foel Grach.
Looking down on Cwm Eigiau from SE slopes of Foel Grach above Melynllyn, Carneddau.  © David Dear
Looking down on Cwm Eigiau from SE slopes of Foel Grach above Melynllyn, Carneddau.
© David Dear, Apr 2010

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SH6887665872 Head southeast of the summit to pick up a path that leads down the broad ridge to just before a large flat shoulder of Gledrffordd. The path now heads right and picks up a small stream that leads down to an abandoned mining complex in Cwm Eigiau.

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SH7029063611 Follow the large track down Cwm Eigiau. After 1.5km this crosses the watercourse and starts to rise up the other side of the valley a short way and traverses above Llyn Eigiau before turning back left to a breach in the old dam.

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SH7230664972 Follow the 4x4 track northeast back to the parking at the end of the single track road.

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