For many years the mountain’s name was translated as “Head of the White Light”, the interpretation of which was a mystery. However in 2004 Professor Hywel Wyn Owen at the Place-Name Research Centre at Bangor University in Bangor, Gwynedd resolved the matter saying that Ole comes from Goleddf, which means slope or hillside, making the correct English translation: “Head of the White Slope”.
Pen yr Ole Wen is often climbed as part of a longer route on the Carneddau range. It is the same height as England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.
The mountain’s average annual temperature hovers around 5 degrees celsius