Saturday, 1 July 2000

Pen yr Ole Wen

The pyramidal outline of Pen yr Ole Wen
Height: 978m (3,209ft)
Prominence: 45m (148ft)
Region: Snowdonia - Carneddau
Classifications: Hewitt, Nuttall, Welsh 3000
Summit feature: Loose cairn
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report: 
The Carneddau - 13/03/2016
A loose cairn sits on the summit
Pen yr Ole Wen (Pen ur Ol-e Wen - Head of the White Slope) is the seventh highest mountain in Wales. The mountain lies to the north of Idwal Cottage youth hostel on the A5 road, from where it has a pyramidal appearance.

For many years the mountain's name was translated as "Head of the White Light", the interpretation of which was a mystery. However in 2004 Professor Hywel Wyn Owen at the Place-Name Research Centre at Bangor University in Bangor resolved the matter saying that Ole comes from Goleddf, which means slope or hillside, making the correct English translation: "Head of the White Slope".

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