Llynnau Mymbyr viewpoint
The scene in front of you, if it’s a clear day, is probably the most photographed view in Snowdonia. Local photographers joke that there are holes in the ground where so many tripods have been placed. Use the photo below to identify the distant peaks.
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The twin lakes before you are Llynnau Mymbyr. Some might argue they're one lake, with a neck of water near the midpoint of its length. “Mymbyr” may have been the name of a person once associated with the lakes.
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Cefnycerrig is a ridge leading down from Moel Siabod. “Cefn” = ridge, “cerrig” = stones. To hear how to pronounce Cefnycerrig, press play: Or, download mp3 (31KB)
Y Lliwedd is the southernmost peak of the Snowdon massif. The origin of this ancient name is not known. One theory is that it comes from an old word to describe a group of men or soldiers. This might link to stories that King Arthur sleeps nearby, awaiting the call to defend his country again. To hear how to pronounce Y Lliwedd, press play: Or, download mp3 (29KB)
Yr Wyddfa is the Welsh name for Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain. It means “prominent place”, from gŵydd and –ma, and the word was often associated with cairns and burial mounds in high places. The mountain is said to be the burial place of a giant called Rhita Gawr, who made his clothes from the facial hair of his slain enemies. A similar ancient story exists in Poland, about a giant called Rittagorus.
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Crib Goch means red ridge. To hear how to pronounce Crib Goch, press play: Or, download mp3 (31KB)
The meaning of Carnedd Ugain is unclear. “Carnedd” = cairn. “Ugain” = twenty. Some believe the name to denote the 20th cairn, but Carnedd Ugain would be a grammatically ungainly way to say that in Welsh. Possibly Ugain was a person. To hear how to pronounce Carnedd Ugain, press play: Or, download mp3 (31KB)