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Pen yr Ole Wen
978m (3210ft)

The Carneddau, Snowdonia, Conwy, Wales

Pen yr Ole Wen means 'Light White Top' in Welsh and is pronounced 'pen-ur-olli-oo-en'.

The summit of Pen yr Ole Wen is marked by a cairn.


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Welsh Mountain
7th highest in Wales,
8th in England & Wales

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7th highest in Wales,
8th in England & Wales

Walk Pen yr Ole Wen walking UK Mountains in The Carneddau Snowdonia National Park Conwy Gwynedd   Wales

The view from the summit of Pen yr Ole Wen

Photo: Robert Jones

Pen yr Ole Wen is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL17
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)


OS Landranger Map 115
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)



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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Pen yr Ole Wen Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Pen yr Ole Wen

Melfyn Parry walked up on August 18th, 2019 [from/via/route] Start point A5 near Glan Dena, ascent to ridge between Creigiau Malwod and Craig Llugwy, turned right along Bwlch Cyfryw Drum then turned right to follow path to summit of Yr Elen, retraced steps to join path to summit of Carnedd Llewellyn before descending back to ridge to follow path to summit of Carnedd Dafydd. Lunch stop here before descending along path to continue up to summit of Pen yr Oleu Wen. Descent from here back to start. [with] PRC [weather] Strong winds but dry. Cool at times.

Neall Garrad climbed on June 22nd, 2007 [from/via/route] 15 peaks route from Nant Peris to Llanfairfechan [with] Andy, Chris, John and Warren [weather] Mixed

Adrian Haywood bagged on October 17th, 2021 [from/via/route] From Ogwen cottage [with] Rob and Steve [weather] Wet

Andy Buxton hiked on June 22nd, 1968 [from/via/route] 14 Peaks (but done before & since) [with] BVGS

Angela Moroney summited during 2017 - 2017 3PEAKS

Wynne Roberts conquered on June 22nd, 2019 [from/via/route] From Aber Falls to Llyn Ogwen over the Carneddau [with] Gareth [weather] Sunny, warm, no wind & very clear - Took us 8 hours to do 8 peaks over 2000ft

Alan Pritchard scaled on October 5th, 2014 [with] A group [weather] Good - Walked the 15 peaks in 24 hours challenge - enjoyed... πŸ˜ŽπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ

Christina Lander walked up on September 28th, 2018 [from/via/route] Llyn Ogwen - Cwm Lloer - Pen yr Ole Wen - Carnedd Dafydd - Carnedd Llewelyn - Pen yr Helgi Du - Y Braich - Llyn Ogwen [with] Dick & Meg [weather] A fine, dry day with mostly great visibility. A bit in the clouds at times, but mostly lovely weather. Not much wind at all on the summits. - Meg enjoyed her scrambling experience, she was great!

Hugh Strickland climbed on September 1st, 2018 [from/via/route] 20 miles (just under 10 hours, 8500 feet) Capel Curig to Y Garn, down to Ogwen upPen Yr Ole Wen & back along Carneddau including Pen Llithrig y Wrach

Bleddyn Rhys bagged on April 10th, 2015 [from/via/route] Fynnu ar y ridge o cwm Lloer, draw i Carnedd Llywelyn a'r Elen, ac yna yn ol i Carnedd Dafydd a Pen Yr Ole Wen ac i lawr nol i lon fawr. [with] Ar ben fy hyn... [weather] Eithaf braf ond 'hazy'... - Methy'r llwybr lawr pen yr ole a gorfod sgramblo lawr rhyw afon serth - braidd yn gyffroes!

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Pen yr Ole Wen

Tryfan from Pen yr Ole Wen

Tryfan from Pen yr Ole Wen

Photo: Robert Jones (3)

Pen yr Ole Wen from Llyn y Cwm on Cwm Idwal

Pen yr Ole Wen from Llyn y Cwm on Cwm Idwal

Photo: Mike Knipe (118)

Llyn Clyd from Pen yr Ole Wen

Llyn Clyd from Pen yr Ole Wen

Photo: Robert Jones (4)

Y Garn (Glyderau), Foel-goch (Glyderau), Mynydd Perfedd and the shoulder of Pen yr Ole Wen from Llyn Ogwen

Y Garn (Glyderau), Foel-goch (Glyderau), Mynydd Perfedd and the shoulder of Pen yr Ole Wen from Llyn Ogwen

Photo: Chris Player (6)

Y Garn (Glyderau) (far left), Foel-goch (Glyderau), Carnedd y Filliast, Ogwen Cottage, Nant Ffrancon and the shoulder of Pen yr Ole Wen (right) from Llyn Idwal

Y Garn (Glyderau) (far left), Foel-goch (Glyderau), Carnedd y Filliast, Ogwen Cottage, Nant Ffrancon and the shoulder of Pen yr Ole Wen (right) from Llyn Idwal

Photo: Chris Player (9)

Nant y Benglog, Llyn Ogwen and Tryfan from Pen yr Ole Wen

Nant y Benglog, Llyn Ogwen and Tryfan from Pen yr Ole Wen

Photo: Will Caesar (6)

Pen yr Ole Wen and Pen yr Helgi Du from Bwlch y Cywion

Pen yr Ole Wen and Pen yr Helgi Du from Bwlch y Cywion

Photo: Peter Scholes (4)

Llyn Idwal and Pen yr Ole Wen from below Glyder Fawr

Llyn Idwal and Pen yr Ole Wen from below Glyder Fawr

Photo: Chris Clarke (8)

A sprinkling of snow on Tryfan (left) and Glyder Fach (right) above Llyn Ogwen from Pen yr Ole Wen

A sprinkling of snow on Tryfan (left) and Glyder Fach (right) above Llyn Ogwen from Pen yr Ole Wen

Photo: Gwyn Sharps (1)

Pen yr Ole Wen and Llyn Ogwen from Y Garn (Glyderau)

Pen yr Ole Wen and Llyn Ogwen from Y Garn (Glyderau)

Photo: Gerard Molloy (10)

Pen Yr Ole Wen and Nant Ffrancon from Y Garn (Glyderau)

Pen Yr Ole Wen and Nant Ffrancon from Y Garn (Glyderau)

Photo: Geoff Smithson (35)

Pen Yr Ole Wen from near Llyn Idwal

Pen Yr Ole Wen from near Llyn Idwal

Photo: Geoff Smithson (23)

Ogwen Cottage, Nant Ffrancon and the shoulder of Pen yr Ole Wen from Llyn Idwal

Ogwen Cottage, Nant Ffrancon and the shoulder of Pen yr Ole Wen from Llyn Idwal

Photo: Chris Player (8)

Pen yr Ole Wen and Llyn Idwal from the top of Twll Du or The Devil's Kitchen in the snow

Pen yr Ole Wen and Llyn Idwal from the top of Twll Du or The Devil's Kitchen in the snow

Photo: Don Williams (7)

Pen yr Ole Wen and Llyn Idwal from the top of The Devil's Kitchen (Twll Du)

Pen yr Ole Wen and Llyn Idwal from the top of The Devil's Kitchen (Twll Du)

Photo: Geoff Smithson (73)

Pen yr Ole Wen across Nant Ffrancon from Foel-goch

Pen yr Ole Wen across Nant Ffrancon from Foel-goch

Photo: Peter Scholes (9)

My two nephews, Paul and Nick, on Pen yr Ole Wen in the Carneddau mountains in winter. Prominent in the background is the Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) and Y Garn (Glyderau) - standing proud in Alpine conditions.

My two nephews, Paul and Nick, on Pen yr Ole Wen in the Carneddau mountains in winter. Prominent in the background is the Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) and Y Garn (Glyderau) - standing proud in Alpine conditions.

Photo: Michael Ellis (1)

Pen yr Ole Wen, Llyn Clyd, Llyn Ogwen, Llyn Idwal, Tryfan, Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr, Crib Goch and Garnedd Ugain from Y Garn (Glyderau)

Pen yr Ole Wen, Llyn Clyd, Llyn Ogwen, Llyn Idwal, Tryfan, Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr, Crib Goch and Garnedd Ugain from Y Garn (Glyderau)

Photo: Gerard Molloy (3)

Pen yr Ole Wen, Llyn Ogwen and Nant y Benglog from Y Garn (Glyderau)

Pen yr Ole Wen, Llyn Ogwen and Nant y Benglog from Y Garn (Glyderau)

Photo: Geoff Smithson (31)

Ffynnon Lloe from Pen yr Ole Wen

Ffynnon Lloe from Pen yr Ole Wen

Photo: Robert Jones (6)


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