The ascent of Yr Elen and Carnedd Llewelyn via Cwm Llafar is just a little wilder than the usual...
Distance: 4 Kms
Ascent: 250 metres
Time: 2 hours
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Moel Berfedd – Another Snowdonia Mini Mountain Adventure
The hill of Moel Berfedd doesn’t really find itself onto any significant hill list, and barely rises 70m from the col that separates it from Glyder Fawr. That shouldn’t put you off, as even at 482m, this diminutive summit provides an hour or two’s adventure. It’s barely 5km walking, and an ideal walk if you’ve arrived in the area on a Friday evening and you want to maximise your weekend’s walking by getting a quick walk in.
1 Start the route at Pen-y-Pass, with the stile passing the Youth Hostel to the left. The path rises steeply, and you’ll soon be at the col. Views back towards Yr Wyddfa and Crib Goch dominate the view in one direction while behind you towers the rough Cwm Ffynnon and eponymous Llyn Cwmffynnon. You’ve barely walked or climbed, yet the rewards are already piling in.
2 The next section across to Moel Berfedd is along the rough ridge, which has outcrops and bogs in equal measure. Keep high, and where the going does look to be blocked by a bog, there’s always a dry(ish) route that’s easy to follow. Moel Berfedd itself has a grassy slope that’s wet, but brings you up to a shallow col just below the summit. It’s a short climb to the right to the actual summit, though it does first appear that the summit is the crag to the left to start with.
3 You can see down three valleys, and the mountain masses of Yr Wyddfa and Glyderau, which are particularly impressive from this angle.
4 Descend roughly east towards the wall that’s just about visible from the summit. This brings you past a small pool, from which you can either follow the wall (very steep) or veer left for a route that’s just rather steep instead, but direct towards Pen-y-gwryd. You could descend towards Llyn Cwmffynnon if you want a gentler descent. It was a particularly wet descent today, which is a strange combination on steep grass, and slippery to boot.
5 Aim for the wall again as the slope relents, and then directly for the trees that hide the Pen y Gwryd. This flatter area looks boggy as you approach, but looks worse than it is. Pass through a gate and cross a stile before following the road to the Pen-y-gwryd Hotel. Stopping here is a must!
6 Cross the Llanberis pass road, and follow the road towards Beddgelert for a few 100m until you reach the signposted path for Pen-y-pass. This is an improved path, rough in places, but easy enough to follow. It does seem to lose a lot of height on the way, considering you’re meant to be going uphill, and felt like it involved more legwork than walking up Moel Berfedd in the first place!
On arriving back at Pen-y-pass, a visit to Mallory’s was obligatory!