- Yr Elen
Name = Yr Elen
Photo = YrElenL.jpg
Elevation = 962 m
Prominence = 62 m
OS "Landranger" 115
First ascent =
Easiest route =
Grid_ref_UK = SH673651
Listing = Hewitt,
Welsh 3000s, Nuttall
Translation = Eleanor "or" the leech
Language = Welsh
Pronunciation = ər ˈɛlɛn
Yr Elen is a
mountainin the Carneddaurange in Snowdonia, Wales.
It lies on a short ridge running WNW off the main north-east to south-west ridge of the Carneddau, just over one kilometer from
It is usually climbed from the main ridge of the Carneddau, as it is only a short walk from Carnedd Llywelyn. It can also be climbed from Gerlan, near Bethesda, following Afon Llafar then heading up the slopes of Yr Elen.
etymologyof the name is unclear, with the personal name "Helen" or "Eleanor" being one possibility, perhaps after Eleanor de Montfort, princess of Wales and wife of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. Another is "the leech" (from soft mutationof Welsh "gelen", leech), perhaps in reference to the way in which Yr Elen appears to be attached to the side of the remaining Carneddau.
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=2797421 www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Yr Elen]
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