Saturday, 1 July 2000

Carnedd Dafydd

Carnedd Dafydd standing over Cwm Lloer
Height: 1,044m (3,425ft)
Prominence: 111m (364ft)
Region: Snowdonia - Carneddau
Classifications: HuMP, Hewitt, Nuttall, Welsh 3000
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 1
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The Carneddau - 13/03/2016
A shelter cairn stands on the summit
Carnedd Dafydd (Car-neth Daf-ith - David's Cairn) is the third highest peak in Wales (or the fourth if Crib y Ddysgl on the Snowdon ridge is counted). Carnedd Dafydd is on the main ridge of the Carneddau, and on the border between Gwynedd and Conwy.

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. Dafydd was captured at Nanhysglain, near Bera, on 21 June 1283; taken to Shrewsbury where he was hanged, drawn and quartered.

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.

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