This walk, which uses less frequented routes, visits two of the major peaks in this high mountain area. Take mountain clothing and OS Explorer Map OL17. This is a strenuous walk of 8miles.
Like any mountain walk care needs to be exercised if taking this route. The paths followed by this walk are not well walked and hence route finding could be very difficult in poor visibility. In addition there are some substantial crags close by and errors in navigation could prove fatal. Do take care.
The walk starts from the lay-by (Sat Nav LL57 3LQ) above the Ogwen Bank Caravan Site on the west side of the A5. Almost opposite the lay-by is a gate into the woodland. Here there is a path that climbs steadily zigzagging up the first section. As you feel the path coming back around, turn right and head south. The edge of the woodland is soon reached.
Keeping to the higher ground, Carnedd Dafydd comes into view. There are three distinct streams coming down the mountainside. Head for the stream to the right – Afon Berthen – taking care not to sacrifice any height you have already gained. Following this stream will lead you into a shallow valley to the left of Foelgraig. On your right you will see a wall. Take careful note as this is your route down.
The going steepens and the effort is rewarded as you gain the summit of Carnedd Dafydd. The next section will be much busier and you can expect to encounter other walkers as you follow the broad, clear path southwest to Pen yr Ole Wen. This is an excellent ridge walk with the view left down into Cwm Loer especially worthy of note.
Half way along the ridge you pass a large cairn or pile of stones. This is Carnedd Fach and should not be confused as being the summit of Pen yr Ole Wen, which is reached after an easy short climb. From the summit go north to pick up an intermittent path that follows the top of the crags named Braich Ty Du. In places these crags are precipitous so take care. After approximately half a mile you will reach the wall that you noted on the ascent. Keeping this wall on your left descend steadily to reach a stile above the A5. Crossing this you encounter a few more stiles as you skirt the woodland down to the A5 at Ty’n-y-maes. Turn right and follow this main road to reach the start in a mile.
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