Walks in the Carneddau
OS Landranger 15 Snowdon & surrounding area
OS Explorer Outdoor Leisure 17 Snowdon & Conwy Valley
The Carneddau is the biggest range to be covered by this site. It has 19 peaks over 600m in height, of which 7 are over 914m (3000 ft). These include Carnedd Llewelyn which is the 3rd highest mountain in Snowdonia. There are several access points to the range, varying from the Ogwen Valley on the A5, to Aber Falls, just off the A55 North Coast Road.
There is a half hourly bus service from Bangor and Llandudno to Abergwyngregyn, and a less frequent service from Bethesda to Llyn Ogwen.
The range is quite rugged, with navigation being difficult in cloud (as always, take a map and compass). Care should be taken in these conditions to avoid the steep cliffs of Craig yr Ysfa on Carnedd Llewellyn. One of the steepest routes up Pen yr Ole Wen is straight up from Ogwen Cottage, however this has been omitted from this site since there is a lot of erosion on this route, and the alternative provided is probably more enjoyable for most walkers.
The selection of routes below will cover all of the summits in the Carneddau. Some of these can be shortened substantially, and this has been indicated in the route description. This should mean that there is a route for everyone, and also allows for variations if the weather changes. Each route description includes a rough idea of time, a description of the route, its difficulty and possible variations. There are also photos taken on the walks.
Key: Mountain over 914m Peak over 600m Peak under 600m