Around the Carneddau

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Start: Capel Curig
Distance: 41 miles (66 km)
Grid Ref: SH721581
Climbing: 2,583 metres
Walk time: 15-22 hours
Days: 2-4

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: Around the Carneddau is a demanding long distance footpath which makes a circuit around the edge of the Carneddau mountain range in Snowdonia, North Wales. From the starting point of the walk in Capel Curig the walk heads in an anti-clockwise direction to the foothills of the Carneddau via Cwm Glas Crafnant National Nature Reserve, Llyn Crafnant Reservoir and Gelli Plantation before steeply climbing to Llyn Cowlyd Reservoir and then to Llyn Eigiau Reservoir before ascending further via Clogwynyreryr and Clogwyn Maldy to Melynllyn Reservoir and Dulyn Reservoir which are found at over 600 metres, the highest point on the walk. The walk continues on high ground, always at over 400m elevation to Penygadair from where the route, on its north side drops to its lowest point at just 70 metres at Bont Newydd. From here the walk is a roller coaster of ups and downs via Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve to the spectacular Aber Falls and beyond the cascade to skirt around Moel Wnion and Moel Faban to reach Bethesda. From here the walk continues to Rhaeadr Ogwen and Llyn Ogwen before following Nant Benglog back to Capel Curig.

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