Carnedd Dafydd

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Carnedd Dafydd
Carnedd Dafydd.jpg
Carnedd Dafydd from the ridge towards Pen yr Ole Wen
Highest point
Elevation1,044 m (3,425 ft)
Prominence111 m (364 ft)
Parent peakCarnedd Llewelyn
ListingHewitt, Welsh 3000s, Nuttall, Furth
English translationDavid's cairn
Language of nameWelsh
PronunciationWelsh: [ˈkarnɛð ˈdavɨð]
LocationGwynedd / Conwy, United Kingdom
Parent rangeSnowdonia
OS gridSH662630
Listed summits of Carnedd Dafydd
Name Grid ref Height Status
Foel Meirch 800 m (2,625 ft) Nuttall

Carnedd Dafydd is a mountain peak in the Carneddau range in Snowdonia, North Wales, and is the third highest peak in Wales, or the fourth if Crib y Ddysgl on the Snowdon ridge is counted.[1] Situated south-west of Carnedd Llewelyn and north of Pen yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd is on the main ridge of the Carneddau, and on the border between Gwynedd and Conwy. The average annual temperature of the mountain is around 3–4 °C.

Carnedd Dafydd rises to height of 1,044m (according to OS maps detail) and is usually climbed by first ascending Pen yr Ole Wen and then following the ridge along to Carnedd Dafydd, though it is also possible to make a direct ascent from Tal y Llyn Ogwen, first following the stream, Afon Lloer, to the mountain lake of Ffynnon Lloer then climbing up the slope to the summit.

Like most of the summits in the southern Carneddau, it has a flat, boulder-strewn summit plateau. Immediately to the north lie the crags of Ysgolion Duon, well-known to climbers.

The origin of its name, which translates as Dafydd's (or David's) cairn, like that of its neighbouring peak, Carnedd Llewelyn (Llywelyn's cairn), are named after Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last independent prince of Wales, and his younger brother, Dafydd ap Gruffudd. The nearby peak Carnedd Lladron, commonly known as Carnedd Uchaf, has now been renamed by O.S. Carnedd Gwenllian in memory of Llywelyn's daughter Lady Gwenllian. Dafydd was captured at Nanhysglain, near Bera Mawr, on 21 June 1283; taken to Shrewsbury, he was hanged, drawn and quartered.


  1. ^ Dawson, Alan (1997). The Hewitts and Marilyns of Wales. Cambuskenneth, Stirling: TACit Press. ISBN 0-9522680-6-X. Archived from the original on 2006-12-05.

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Coordinates: 53°08′50″N 4°00′07″W / 53.14729°N 4.00205°W / 53.14729; -4.00205