Snowdonia – Carneddau ridge

A beautiful ridge walk today in Snowdonia, from Pont Pen-y-benglog to Abergwyngregyn, taking in the Carneddau summits.

Lucy dropped me off at Pont Pen-y-benglog at the foot of Llyn Ogwen
Less than 20 minutes later and I’ve gained a fair bit of height up the ridge, but then it started to get quite challenging and progress slowed to a crawl
Some 80 minutes after the previous photo, and I’m still making my way up the ridge. This is the view down the Ogwen valley up which we drove from Angelsey
Near the top of the challenging ascent up Pen yr Ole Wen, with Llyn Ogwen in the foreground, and further looking across Llyn Idwal to the Glyders, and in the distance with its head in the clouds is Snowdon.
On the first summit, Ole Wen, at 978 metres, having started at 299 metres. A look SSW towards Snowdon, just touching the clouds.
From the same spot, to the NNE lies Carnedd Dafydd, my next target along a beautifully gentle ridge walk with fabulous views.
Looking back to the summit of Ole Wen as I start my walk to Carnedd Dafydd
From near the top of Carnedd Dafydd looking along the ridge to Carnedd Llewelyn
From the top of the crags of Ysgolion Duon, towards Carnedd Llewelyn with Bwlch Cyfryw-drum on the way
Looking down the valley of Cwm Pen-llafar
On Carnedd Llewelyn, today’s high point at 1064 metres, looking back to Carnedd Dafydd
After passing over the summits of Foel Grach and Carnedd Gwnellian, I’m now on Foel-fras, still at 942 metres, but with more gentle terrain on the long descent to the head of the road from Abergwyngregyn where Lucy picked me up. A glorious walk – a very tough steep ascent, but after that easy and delightful.

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