Garnedd Ugain

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Garnedd Ugain
Garnedd ugain.jpg
Garnedd Ugain (right) and Snowdon (left)
Elevation 1,065 m (3,494 ft)
Prominence 72 m (236 ft)
Parent peak Snowdon
Listing Hewitt, Welsh 3000s, Nuttall
Translation Cairn of the Twenty (Welsh)
Pronunciation Welsh: [ˈɡarnɛð ˈɨɡain]
Location
Location Gwynedd, Wales
Range Snowdonia
OS grid SH610551
Topo map OS Landranger 115
Listed summits of Garnedd Ugain
Name Grid ref Height Status
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.

Both Garnedd Ugain and Crib-y-Ddysgl appear on the Ordnance Survey's maps of the area. The name Crib-y-Ddysgl refers to the east ridge [1] whilst the summit is Garnedd or Carnedd Ugain.

Crib-y-Ddysgl (meaning "ridge of the dish" in Welsh) is the name used by Alan Dawson for the peak's listing as a Hewitt.

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.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Ashton (1992). Scrambles in Snowdonia. Cicerone Press. ISBN 1-85284-088-9. 
  2. ^ See [1]. (NB "Gwgon" becomes "Wgon" under soft mutation.)

Coordinates: 53°04′30″N 4°04′35″W / 53.07499°N 4.07633°W / 53.07499; -4.07633