Carneddau Ponies

Our unique photo collection of the Carneddau Ponies, a 200 to 300 strong semi feral herd who live across 13,000 acres of mountainous landscape in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. All images were taken across hundreds of hiking & trail running trips across the Carneddau and Glyderau mountain ranges.

The Carneddau Ponies were subject to a scientific study by Aberystwyth University in 2013 and found to have unique genes. These differences, from common mountain ponies, are specifically related to their hardiness, a true reflection of the rugged landscape where they reside.

Seven local farms go to great lengths to manage the health and well being of the Carneddau Ponies, with an annual health check that involves the farmers working together to bring every pony down from the mountains to one location above the town of Llanfairfechan. The farmers also separate the colts at this time to help manage numbers and vary the grazing land.