The Prince and the Witch

Saturday 16th May, 2020

The Prince and the Witch

This is our big mountain walk this year  – a long high level hike to Wales’s 2nd highest peak

We’ll firstly be travelling by minibus (just 10 minutes) up and over the hill behind Trefriw, to Cwm Cowlyd.
From there we’ll be walking to the summit of Carnedd Llywelyn (the ‘prince’, at 1,064 m / 3,491′ second only to Snowdon), returning via the spectacular Pen yr Helgi Du ridge and Pen Llithrig y Wrach (the ‘witch’, 799 m / 2,621 ft) to Cwm Cowlyd and then back to Trefriw.  In good weather the views will be splendid, but make no bones about it, this is a long, tough walk with lots of ascent (1220m / 4000′) and some exposed ridges.

The route does not always follow obvious paths.  Note that some sections are exposed, and in a couple of places hands will be needed.

If the minibus is available, we’ll get a lift back to Trefriw from Cwm Cowlyd, otherwise we’ll start back and meet it part way.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 11 miles / 18 km   (further if we walk partly back to Trefriw from Cowlyd)

Grade:  Strenuous high mountain.  Remember that it is colder at altitude, even in May.  And it can be wet too. Full water/windproofs, plenty of warm clothing (including hat and gloves) and good mountain boots are essential.

Suitability:    Fit, experienced walkers

Meet:  8:15 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. You are welcome to stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Mike Bolsover and Nick Livesey (award-winning photographer)


Click on the map to see the rough location of this walk.

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below.

Please ensure that you have read the booking information, terms and conditions before you attend any walks.

Please note that, although we make no charge for our walks, we do ask for voluntary donations (card or cash). More details on our funding page.

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