The Welsh mountain ponies are a strong breed that dates back to a least the Celtic era. During the Tudor times around 1509 King Henry VIII ordered the ponies to be destroyed this was because they could not carry a knight in full armor, thankfully they did not succeed, However the Romans admired the ponies for their strength and ability and even shipped some of them back to Rome to carry out specific tasks in their homeland. In more recent times they have been used to pull carts in the coal mines, now the mines are closed and there is no longer work for them, they are free to roam the Carneddau hillsides.
The Carneddau mountains include the largest contiguous areas of high ground (over 2,500 or 3,000 feet (910 m) high) in Wales and England, as well as six or seven of the highest peaks in the country—the Fifteen Peaks. The range also encloses a number of lakes such as Lyn Cowlyd and Lyn Eigiau, and the Aber waterfalls. It is surrounded by the Irish Sea to the north, the Conwy Valley to the east. This rugged but beautiful landscape will provide us with some great opportunities for landscape photography as well as the mountain wildlife.