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Snowdonia ridge solitude praised

Posted 28 January 2011
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Snowdonia ridge solitude praised
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Those who fancy putting on a winter jacket and climbing the Carneddau ridge will find it offers a level of solitude not available on Snowdonia's other high mountain ranges.

Writing a piece for the Snowdonia Society, international mountain guide Rob Collister described a winter hike up the ridge, which he noted is "quite unlike Snowdon or the Glyderau in character" with its wide, high plateaux.

And he particularly savoured reaching Llyn Caseg, "a secluded little lake ringed by the abrupt mountain walls of Foel Grach, Carnedd Llewelyn and Yr Elen, one of my favourite places in Snowdonia."

Mr Collister noted the contrast this provided with Snowdon, which even on a snowy day had many people climbing it.

The relative quietness of the Carneddau may be greater in lighter months, when Snowdon will have its mountain railway in operation.

On days when it stays light for long enough to walk its length, some may wish to climb all six peaks - some lists include seven - on the ridge, of which the highest is Carnedd Llewellyn at 3,491 ft.