Garnedd Ugain (right) and Snowdon (left)
|Elevation||1,065 m (3,494 ft)|
|Prominence||72 m (236 ft)|
|Listing||Hewitt, Welsh 3000s, Nuttall|
|Translation||Cairn of the Twenty (Welsh)|
|Pronunciation||Welsh: [ˈɡarnɛð ˈɨɡain]|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 115|
|Listed summits of Garnedd Ugain|
|Llechog||718 m (2,356 ft)||sub Hewitt, Nuttall|
Garnedd Ugain, sometimes referred to as "Crib-y-Ddysgl", is a mountain in Wales that forms part of the Snowdon Horseshoe. It is the second highest peak in Wales, and lies just under one kilometre north of Snowdon itself.
Carnedd Ugain in Welsh means "Cairn of the Twenty" (the form Garnedd is the result of soft mutation) and said to be named after the Roman legion based in Caernarfon. However it is clearly dubious and has no historical basis in fact.
'Ugain' & the description 'cairn of the twenty' denotes a strong non-Welsh construct giving the mountain an alternative name. Crib y Ddysgl is the peak's original name and was recorded as such centuries before 'Garnedd Ugain' came into existence.
In terms of any approach towards a genuinely alternative Welsh title, the web pages of the Welsh Mountaineering Club suggest the name could perhaps be a corruption of "Carnedd Wgon", and so named after the prince Wgon sung of by Dafydd ap Gwilym or possibly after the 13th-century poet Gwgon Brydydd.
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