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Carneddau, North Wales

Carneddau
The Carneddau is a group of mountains found in the world-famous region of Snowdonia in North Wales. Carneddau is the Welsh for ‘the cairns’ and is sometimes anglicised as Carnedds. The Irish Sea marks the area’s northern border with the Conwy valley to its east. The A5 trunk road, which runs from Betws-y-Coed to Bethesda , marks the south and west edge of the Carneddau. The area includes England and Wales’ largest contiguous areas of high ground. The Carneddau are home to seven mountains that are among of the highest peaks in the country. A number of lakes such as Llyn Cowlyd and Llyn Eigiau are found within the Carneddau, as is the Aber Falls waterfalls. The peaks of the Carneddau ridge are: Garnedd Uchaf (926 m); Foel-fras (942 m); Yr Elen (962 m); Foel Grach (976 m); Pen yr Ole Wen (978 m); Carnedd Dafydd (1044 m) and, the highest of them all, Carnedd Llewelyn (1064 m). The peak now referred to as Garnedd Uchaf was renamed Carnedd Gwenllian in September 2009 after a campaign by the Gwenllian Society to honour Princess Gwenllian, the daughter of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, Prince of Wales. The peak now known as Garnedd Uchaf lies within the ancient Bounds of Aber Garth Celyn and has traditionally been known as Garnedd Lladron.

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