This is a different approach to these hills, one that does leave you with difficulty in returning to your start point, but buses do pass through Trefriw. It’s also a route that contrasts along it’s way. You start in a wooded valley, cross moorland and secluded valleys, before crossing the highest land over Llewelyn. To top this off, you find yourself scrambling down Craig yr Ysfa and up Pen yr Helgi du before you finish the walk with a leisurely walk along Llyn Cowlyd and a leafy country lane takes you down to Trefriw.
We split the walk into three days, only as we wanted an extra wild camp in on the Friday night. It would be easily doable over two, with the decision to split into two even days and camp high (where you have to carry water to) or a strenuous and an easy day and camp lower. I suggest the spots i camped, but i do not give exact locations for obvious reasons. The two spots we did camp at were barely large enough for our small two man tent (TN Voyager Ultralight).
Distance, Ascent and Time 27km, 1500m, 10 hours
Difficulties Navigation on pathless sections and high Carneddau. Some difficult downclimbing with packs.
Start / End Aber to Trefriw
Facilities Cafe at Aber and Trefriw. Shop in Trefriw
Public Transport Sherpa Buses to Llanberis and Betws y Coed.