Yr Elen

Posted by Brian Sayle on 27 June 2017 | Comments

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Yr Elen 962 m (3,156 ft) on the Carneddau range. I have had my eye on this one for a while, the last time I wanted to do it I had headed up to Carnedd Llewelyn from the A5 on what started off a real clear day only for the mist to come in, I turned back even thou I could of found it with my compass but wouldn't of seen the view.
This time I had done a bit of research about routes from Bethesda, heading from the west was new to me.

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The view here is stunning, looks quite straight forward, up to the summit of the third highest peak in Wales Carnedd Dafydd 1,044 m (3,425 ft) and around the ridge anti clockwise. Following the route of Afon Llafar there is an old dam on the right ahead of me and what look to be ancient sheep folds on the other side of the river.

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Heading for Carnedd Dafydd is quite a long slog but the views are great with lots of wonderful rock formations.

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Once reaching the first peak on my route I decide to not take anymore photos until I reached the final peak, one reason being I have photographed this section of Snowdonia before, Earlier trip on the Carneddau. Another reason being I was a bit concerned that what had started as a very clear day was starting to cloud over, was I finally going to get to see the view I wanted or not? The clock was also ticking, so I pressed on from Carnedd Dafydd to Carnedd Llewelyn and onwards to Yr Elen. This next shot was taken just over 3 hours after the first one in this blog, not bad time that. First view down on my target

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Looking north across Ffynnon Caseg a small tarn (730m), Bera Bach can be seen in the distance

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View back towards Carnedd Dafydd, Glyderau in the distance and the triangular peak of Elider Fawr stands out.

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With my back to Yr Elem in the col looking back towards Carnedd Llewelyn

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Another view of Carnedd Dafydd, love these rocks left standing perhaps by the ice age?

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Looking east along Ffynnon Caseg towards Foel Grach

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Love this view of Yr Elen, was a bit misty which was a shame

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Looking east along the ridge

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Looking north with Carnedd Gwenllian on the right and in the distance Llwytmor. The cloud I was  watching earlier making for a dramatic scene

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Love this view, the sun going low, the burst of light was wonderful.

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I made the right move erlier in the day by not stoping to take shots on the sections of the walk I had covered before, catching some great light at the summit. Also i made it back to the car before it was dark, which is always nice although the route turned out to be simple as long as you know how to use a map and compass

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Shot of Cwm Caseg the broad glacial valley, and it was time to put the camera away. In all this route took me just over 6 hours, a stunning part of Snowdonia

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There should be about 45 images on Facebook from this trip, thanks. Archive on my blog site from other hiking trips

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