Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Snowdonia, Foel Fras and Carnedd Uchaf.

Pete, Lyn and Bella recently spent a week in Trefriw in the Conwy Valley near Betwsy Coed, a village which is a very handy base for walking in the mountains of Snowdonia. Our aim was to complete the "Welsh Threes", that is the three thousand footers of which there are 15 in all. We had six left to climb and as the weather was in our favour we managed them all. There was an element of a recce too in our trip as the experience we gained over the week will be useful when we come to plan the details of Keswick Rambles' 2016 "Overnighter" which is to be based in Betwsy.

 From the road end beyond Aber Falls the track above the Afon Anafon leads to Llyn Anafon. Far beyond on the horizon is mighty Foel Fras 942m.  

It was rather boggy and hard going as we made our way up onto the ridge above Llyn Anafon.

On the broad grassy ridge between Drum and Foel Fras we found a good path leading towards the summit which was hidden in the mist to the to the SW. 

The mist cleared and the sun appeared though there was a haze preventing us seeing far with any clarity. We made our way slowly up the long tedious SW shoulder of Foel Fras, the going was dry now and towards the top turned quite suddenly into a stony desert. 

Lyn heading across the inhospitable summit rocks for the trig point on Foel Fras 942m.

Pete and Bella pose for Lyn's camera on the summit of Foel Fras

Foel Fras far in the distance as Lyn and Pete head S for the second summit of the day, Garnedd Uchaf 926m.

Carnedd Llewelyn and Carnedd Dafydd are far in the hazy distance in this view from the summit cairn of Garnedd Uchaf

Lyn starts her climb up the rocky summit tor of Garnedd Uchaf. In the distance over a kilometre away is the graceful dome of Foel Fras. We retraced our steps over Foel Fras on our way back to our starting point and there met a couple with a new map of the area and were surprised to learn that Garnedd Uchaf has a new name, it's now called Carnedd Gwenllian.  

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