5 of 5 (1 vote)

The northern Carneddau

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Snowdonia in Clwyd, Wales, about 15.10km (9.38 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 917m (3008ft)
Descent 894m (2933ft)
Max. Elevation 840m (2755ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1811m (5941ft)
Start & End
Distance 15.10km
Duration ~7:00h
Ordnance Survey Map
Created by Anonymous Walker on 01 Aug 2013
This walk takes you over the hills at the very northern extremes of Snowdonia – the northern Carneddau hills. Don't be fooled by their modest heights, compared to their better-known brethren; this is a proper mountain with a few little scrambly bits. This walk is perfect for anyone looking to avoid the crowds in Snowdonia, or just keen to explore all it has to offer. Buses from Bangor and Conwy stop at Abergwyngregyn.  

Walk Functions


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OS Grid SH652727
Take the bus to Abergwyngregyn, on the road between Bangor and Conwy.
OS Grid SH662719
Follow the road alongside the river. Once in the forest, cross the river to reach the path on the eastern bank.
About 1.19 km (~0.74 miles) from
OS Grid SH668700
The path leads to Aber Falls, a very pleasant waterfall that would be worth a walk in itself.
About 2.05 km (~1.27 miles) from
OS Grid SH677692
Taking care on the steep sections, follow the Afon Goch upstream towards the hill of Llwytmor.
About 1.21 km (~0.75 miles) from
OS Grid SH688692
The highest peak of the day is out of the way early on.
About 1.16 km (~0.72 miles) from
OS Grid SH689680
Drop down to the saddle southeast of Llwytmor and then contour round beneath Foel-fras. You can go up this one too if you're keen, but there's still a way to go...
About 1.19 km (~0.74 miles) from
OS Grid SH673678
A short scramble leads up to Bera Bach, the second top of the day.
About 1.68 km (~1.04 miles) from
OS Grid SH663679
Continue on to Drosgl, with more fantastic views of the Carneddau hills and the Menai Straits.
About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
OS Grid SH651688
Drop down from Drosgl into the saddle near the smaller top of Gyrn.
About 1.46 km (~0.91 miles) from
OS Grid SH649697
The final hill of the day is the modest Moel Wnion, from where you can see the path back down...
About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
OS Grid SH653715
About 1.76 km (~1.09 miles) from
OS Grid SH657724
...and finally, via a mesh of footpaths, back into Abergwyngregyn. Try the Hen Felin cafe for refreshments while you wait for the bus.
About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from

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01 Aug 2013
The Northern Carneddau

For a shorter, family friendly (when I went on my walk I did pass some pushchairs), see walk Aber Falls, on way pass natural history museum, small site explaining how charcoal is produced, archaelogical excavation of the Prince's Palace (photos at Flickr.com, enter carfreewalks.org in box "popular tags") and there were ponies in the fields, able to get close and feel spray from falls.

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