Mynydd Mawr

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Mynydd Mawr
Mynydd Mawr from Trum y Ddysgl
Range: Snowdonia
Summit: 2,290 ft SH539546
53°4’7"N, 4°10’55"W

Mynydd Mawr is a mountain in Caernarfonshire, within Snowdonia, situated approximately four miles west of Snowdon itself, overlooking Llyn Cwellyn and being the northern outlier of the Moel Hebog group. Its name is Welsh for 'big mountain'.

A popular ascent starts from Rhyd Ddu. On its western flank are the remains of ancient settlements and field systems. The profile of Mynydd Mawr from the north is often thought to resemble an elephant lying down, and consequently the mountain is often colloquially also called "Yr Eliffant" ('The Elephant'), or "Elephant Mountain" to non-Welsh speakers.[1]

Mynydd Mawr from the north, showing the 'elephant's' head and back


  1. Nuttall, John & Anne (1999). The Mountains of England & Wales – Volume 1: Wales (2nd edition ed.). Milnthorpe: Cicerone. ISBN 1-85284-304-7.

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Mynydd Mawr and Llyn Cwellyn from the east

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