Things to see & do

Carneddau

Carneddau, Snowdonia. Tryfan to the left, the Glyder Fach  © Joe Cornish

Carneddau, Snowdonia. Tryfan to the left, the Glyder Fach

The Carneddau include some of the best scenery in Snowdonia. Dominated by Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewelyn, the plateau of the main Carneddau ridge is the largest area of montane grassland south of the Cairngorms.

Here you'll find wild mountain ponies grazing and rare mountain heath plants.

Glyderau

A climber sits on the Cantilever, near the summit of Glyder Fach © Joe Cornish

A climber sits on the Cantilever, near the summit of Glyder Fach

In contrast to the Carneddau here you'll find the bare rocky summits of Tryfan, Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach.

Edmund Hillary came to Tryfan to train for his ascent of Everest. Today the Glyderau attract thousands of walkers and climbers each year.

Cwm Idwal

Llyn Idwal, with Y Garn, capped with snow, forming the skyline. © Joe Cornish

Llyn Idwal, with Y Garn, capped with snow, forming the skyline.

A valley steeped in legend, now a National Nature Reserve, drew Charles Darwin here in 1831.

The valley, created by ice age glaciers, is an internationally important site for glaciations and rare alpine plants.

Its glorious setting attracts walkers, artists and nature lovers.

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve on the summit of Tryfan © Joe Cornish

Adam and Eve on the summit of Tryfan

These two large stones stand proud on the summit of Tryfan.

The challenge to walkers and climbers is to jump from one to another - bearing in mind the large drop beneath.

Less intrepid explorers can see the stones through binoculars from the road below.

Discover the past

The rugged summit of the Carneddau © Joe Cornish

The rugged summit of the Carneddau

Over 1,000 archaeological sites from Bronze Age burial cairns to Second World War plane wrecks can be found here.

It's been described as the most important National Trust site in Wales for archaeology.

The two Iron Age sites on Moel Fabon and Cwm Caseg are the most extensive sites in Wales.

Dyffryn Mymbyr

View of Snowdon with Dyffryn Mymbyr to the right © Kevin J.Richardson

View of Snowdon with Dyffryn Mymbyr to the right

Immortalised by Thomas Firbank in his book I Bought a Mountain, Dyffryn Mymbyr has great panoramic views of Snowdonia.

The land has been farmed with a hefted flock of sheep for centuries and supports a wide range of habitats and traditional features.

What's on

Join one of our rangers on a guided walk around Cwm Idwal.

Learn all about the geology, wildlife and local history of this special place.

Climbing

The slabs and faces of Tryfan and Cwm Idwal are of international significance for climbing. Training is available from the National Mountaineering Centre at Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig.

Walking

With hundreds of footpaths the Carneddau and Glyderau provide a haven for walkers and climbers of all interests and abilities.

Here's one of the most popular walks around Cwm Idwal.

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