SE Carneddau: Llyn Cowlyd Round 2-day backpack

Pitch on Creigiau GleisionA 2-day circuit of the south-eastern Carneddau hills flanking Llyn Cowlyd, approaching the eastern side via the Nant y Geuallt valley to Crimpiau with a visit to Llyn Coryn and ascending alongside the rocky flanks of Craig Wen to Craiglwyn and Creigiau Gleision. The return on the western side traverses Pen Llithrig y Wrach and includes our first exploration of its north ridge.

This route is largely in little frequented stretches of the Carneddau, where most of the few walkers encountered in the northern half will be bagging the Nuttall summits from Cwm Eigiau and day walkers in the south will be ascending Crimpiau from Capel Curig or Llyn Crafnant. Between these focal points there is much wild landscape to explore around Llyn y Coryn and Craig Wen.

Again we found a fine tent pitch below the north top of Creigiau Gleision, much against the odds considering the very rough terrain that pervades this landscape.

Full report & photos

8 thoughts on “SE Carneddau: Llyn Cowlyd Round 2-day backpack

  1. Another fine route Geoff, you did well finding such a fine pitch.
    Makes all the difference having a good spot to enjoy the evening and following morning.
    The best way to start the day as well, ease yourself in!

  2. Thanks Paul, the only feasible spot turned out to be a really good one. Not much excuse needed for slackpacking of late!.

  3. Always a favoured area with us, not much new territory left now though.
    That’s our new Voyager 2.2, its second outing this year and we’re very pleased with it.

  4. Definitely worth making an effort to get back there on a good day, fine walking on Creigiau Gleision.
    I read your Crimpiau report, apparently a well walked route from Capel.

  5. Never walked these hills and they look very wild and untamed considering their proximity to the more popular routes and areas. I fine campsite as well. Can’t imagine there were many options on terrain like that!

  6. It’s mainly Nuttall walkers that do Creigiau Gleision, but between there and Crimpiau is more like wild Wales and sees very few indeed. The pitch spot was a lucky find, otherwise it would probably have meant continuing down to the bwlch.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.