Start and Finish near Rowen 410m/ 390m
Highest Point: Carnedd Llewelyn 1064m
Distance: circa 23 kms
Weather: V cold, sunny and icy.
Vertical altitude gain: circa 1230m
Time: circa 8 hrs 40 mins
I'd taken a rest day the previous day as I was expecting, (and got!), a very long day in the Carneddau. As planned I had a very early start from Beddgelert and left my car in a remote car park near Rowen in the dark, using my headtorch to find the way.
When I had started the walk many hours earlier I had no idea I would get this far! Indeed, at Foel Grach, I reckoned I still had time to get to the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn before my self imposed 13.00 hrs turn round time. So off I went , heading into the low December sun, and faced with just a few rocky bits to walk up over before getting to the second highest summit in Wales.
I spent only afew minutes on the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn and stuck to my turn round time of 13.00hrs. I had walked without anymore than few stops to talk briefly to the few other walkers I had met. And I knew that to be back in the valley before dark I would have to walk again without a break.
My first decent view of the day had been the red sky reflecting the sunrise over the North Wales Coast. Appropriate then that my last wide view of the day was of the sky reflecting the sunset! I continued down into the valley. And as planned I joined the almost level valley track back to my car just around the time I needed my head torch again. An exhausting walk started and finished in the dark, but one really worth while in the superb Carneddau.