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The Southern Carneddau.

The Southern Carneddau.

Postby Rekrab » Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:24 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Carnedd Dafydd, Carnedd Llewelyn, Pen Llithrig y Wrach, Pen yr Helgi Du, Pen yr Ole Wen, Yr Elen

Date walked: 27/04/2011

Time taken: 6.5

Distance: 16.3 km

Ascent: 1659m

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after last weeks walk on Criegiau Gleision I got a god look at Pen Llithrig Y Wrach and I knew I was heading there next
The plan: leave Llanrwst 11:00 arrive Capel Curig 11:30 head out of town on foot to find the Cowly reservoir path once at the reservoir make my way up Pen Llithrig Y Wrachs SE Ridge, follow W to Bwlch Y Tri Marchog's top, along to Pen yr Helgi Du, Down climb onto the Bwlch Eryl Farchog then Scramble up to the main path up to Carnedau Llewllyn, leave pack on Llewlyn and nip over to Tick Yr Elen, Double back to Llewllyn pick up pack and then head SW to Carneddau Dafydd then along to Pen Yr Ole Wen and wild camp.

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Finding the path up to Cowlyd was very easy and the Views over the Owgen valley were amazing.
once I gained the Plateau I was amazed at it's size and it' stretched all the way to the Saddle between Greigiau Gleision and Pen Llithrig y Wrach.
Tryfan and Pen Yr Ole Wen (where I intend on Wild camping )


didn't find a path immediatly up this ridge but it was heather and boulder fields which made for good walking.
soon found a path, then the Sun went behind the Clouds while I did the rest of the hard work after maybe and hour I reached Summit and got to get a look at the Carneddau.
Me on Pen Llithrig y Wrach

Looking to Greigiau Gleision and it's N top (walked last week)

Looking to Pen Yr Helgi Du and Bwlch Eryl Farchog leading to Carneddau Llewllyn.

Quickly headed down to the saddle and up to Pen Yr Helgi Du
this was a straight forward down and up and Pen yr Helgi Du has a large grassy Summit where I came across 2 people sunbathing near the cairn I said hello and was on my way after a picture
Pen Yr Helgi Du Cairn with Llewllyn in the Back

now Pen Yr Helgi Du was a pretty featureless hill but the other side of it was very exciting a steep down climb onto the Knife edge ridge of Bwlch Eryl Farchog which quickly changed my opinion of this hill.
Looking back at Pen yr Helgi Du really fun down Climb

after a few snaps I was heading up for the next bit of the scramble and to the Main path heading to Llewlyn
Last bit of scrambling before the main ridge


now on the Main ridge I was getting tired and knew that Lunch was about half a mile away
passing lots of people now and many in trainers and trackie bottoms!!!!!!
Summit was really nice and very large with more amazing views of the Carneddau I stopped for Lunch.
Me on Carneddau Llewllyn

Carneddau Dafydd from Llewllyn

after Lunch I Left the Rucksack on Llewellyn and nipped over to Tick Yr Elen, my camera had packed it in and the rest of the pics had to be taken with my mobile and the haze finally caught up with me in the evening so the pics aren't the best :(
Yr Elen from Carneddau Llewllyn

as i started to walk over to Yr Elen RAF choppers started flying over the Carneddau one would head over Llewellyn and then over to Yr Elen, hover over the summit for 2-3 minutes then take off over to Bethesda turn around and do it again ob their third pass I was on the Summit of Yr Elen ad had a chopper above me and a RAF dude looking down at me as I headed back over to Llewllyn another chopper started doing the same over the Bwlch Eryl Farchog and it looked like he was trying to land on the ridge this second one was olive or camouflage painted as the first one was navy with a yellow roof. was really annoying having these things buzzing around made a lot of noise in these quiet hills.
Yr Elen Summit with that annoying chooper hovering

Carneddau Llewllyn from Yr Elen

making a quick re-ascent of Llewllyn to collect my bag I then said hello to the new people who had reachedthe summit and I was then off to Carneddau Dafydd I think it was around 16:30 now so I was wondering why there was so many people about, I was intending on staying the night here but everyone else?
After climbing then niping over the re-climbing Llewllyn I really noticed the Pack on my back now and I was quite tired at this point luckily there wasn't much up and down the rest of the walk to Pen Yr Ole wen, but before that I had to climb Dafydd.
half way along ridge to Dafydd

Looking back along ridge to Llewllyn as i said it wasn't very up and down almost the same height of the saddle.

now because of the mental sun and lack of rain for the last 2 weeks I drank all of my water I had a flask in my rucksack full but I wanted to use that for cooking so I was stuck. I knew there was a lake below Pen Yr ole wen but didn't know where I was going to sleep, I was toying with setting up camp on the summit and nipping down for water but I was pretty knackered, but setting up camp at the lake meant missing the cracking sunset. so with my options limited it wasnt looking good. I needed water I so decided I would drink the flask once i reached Dafydd and once I saw some people already pitching down at the lake I decided I'd join them tonight a bit gutted but oh well
Carneddau Dafydd Summit Spotted

Finially Pen Yr Ole Wen from Carneddau Dafydd Summit

I now proceed to finish the rest of my tracker bars and down a litre of water
now there was a small matter of Pen yr ole wen then down and dinner!!! It's all downhill from here!! and the views were cracking.
Tryfan En route to Pen Yr ole Wen

Looking back to Dafydd from Pen Yr Ole Wen Summit

The "Mick Stick" on Pen Yr Ole Wen

so. Everything went according to plan al accept the Summit Bivvi but the water was more important I wouldn't want to be tired and dehydrated that high up.
the walk down was tiring and just when you thought it was over the path heads to some down climbing into a Gully offt!!
Final Gully on Pen Yr Ole Wen E ridge

the whole scramble

My camp at Ffynnon Lloer

all in all I was Lucky with the views it was a long day and I was glad to have set myself and goal and reached it.

thanks for reading

Last edited by Rekrab on Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: The Southern Carneddau.

Postby yokehead » Sun May 01, 2011 1:12 pm

Great report Mac, cheers for this! 8)

I did this route a while back, except for going straight up to Pen yr Helgi Du at the start. Great to see your photos, I had a day of high clag. Like you I found the narrowish bit of ridge and the scrambles great fun, and a bit of a surprise. A great round! :D

Hope you had a decent overnight, looks like a great site.
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