Autumn on the Carneddau
The Carneddau, Wales; a wild and rugged landscape with 19 peaks over 600m in height, the official elevation considered to be regarded as a mountain. The weather can change rapidly on this expansive group of mountains, causing navigation to become challenging, especially with hazards such as steep ground and cliffs descending to remote valleys.
But do not be put off. There are numerous walks in the Carneddau to suit all walkers, as well as variations for if the weather changes. The sheer beauty of the wild and weathered area is a huge attraction, creating a dramatic and spectacular, extensive panorama all the way to the Menai Strait and the Irish Sea in the north, and the summit of Snowdon in the south.
Alongside some of the highest peaks in England and Wales, the area also has mountain lakes and waterfalls enclosed within its boundaries. Occupying over 200km square, covering 10% of the area of Snowdonia, the Carneddau is slightly off the tourist trail, making it a haven for walkers wanting solitude and escapism.
Early autumn is a perfect time to explore the area, with matured heather, ferns and rough grass abundant amongst patches of shattered rocks. If you time it right and check the weather, clear and pristine walking days with cloud inversions are frequent. The views across the valleys to the Glyders and the summit of Snowdon are spectacular and not to be missed.
For adventures in the Carneddau, the Meindl Himalaya MFS and Meindl Bhutan offers a serious mountain-walking boot with a stiff sole and wide rubber reinforcement to guard against rock abrasion. Due to the terrain and in particular shattered rock, protection and support is needed and highly recommended. The Himalaya also offers the option of attaching crampons in winter conditions for later autumn and out of season walking.
You can find out more about the area here.