Moel Siabod

It's April and the days are well and truly getting lighter for longer now, so while we were in Wales last weekend, we decided to take a walk up Moel Siabod, one of the Eastern most peaks in Snowdonia. Moel Siabod is a great mountain; it's not that high, making it a great hill on which to start off the new season, but at 872 metres it still manages to give you one of the best panoramic views in the whole of North Wales. Such is its position, that from the top on a clear day, you can easily take in the Snowdon group, the Glyders and Carneddau to the West, and the flatter countryside stretching out to the Clywdian Hills to the East. It's also not too difficult a walk, so for anyone wanting to get started going up mountains in Snowdonia, Moel Siabod is ideal.

Luckily, we did have such a clear day, so I took the opportunity to take a few photos to give readers a taste of what's in store should you attempt it for yourself.

As usual, the full set of photos is also on Flickr.

The peak of Moel Siabod sits at the start of the ridge which bears its name and takes you all the way to Cnicht at the other end. It can be approached from almost any direction, but probably the shortest and well-walked route starts at the village of Capel Curig, one of Snowdonia's great centres and home of my favourite cafe in Snowdonia, the Pinnacle.

Capel Curig sign The summit ridge of Moel Siabod is clearly visible from down here, across the lake. Moel Siabod from Capel Curig The path leaves from Plas-y-Brenin, the national mountain centre, and is clearly marked "Moel Siabod". The path up Moel Siabod Immediately, the path crosses the Eastern end of the lake, Llynau Mymbyr, over what is known as Bala Bridge, before entering the forest which covers the lower slope of Moel Siabod. Bala Bridge in Capel Curig Down the valley, Snowdon is clearly visible, flanked by its companions in the Horseshoe, Crib-y-Ddysgl and Crib Goch to the right, and Y Lliwedd on the left. The Snowdon range from Capel Curig Over the bridge, the path plunges into the forest, which covers the lower slopes of Moel Siabod. Path through the trees on the way up Moel Siabod The path meanders through the forest for a while, crossing a few access roads and climbing steadily. Eventually, it emerges into the daylight and then continues upwards, following the edge of the forest for a little way further. Path up Moel Siabod After emerging from the trees, we became aware of how much height we'd gained quite quickly. The retrospective view across the valley is also impressive. View from half-way up Moel Siabod Now, above the tree line, the path continues making a direct line towards the summit ridge. Moel Siabod Moel Siabod Unlike some mountains, the summit ridge of Moel Siabod is visible almost all the way up, so you know how much further you have to go! Moel Siabod After not too long, we reach the summit ridge. The main peak is up to the right, but there's also a secondary peak to the left. The Moel Siabod ridge Of course, upon reaching the ridge, we get treated to the view East for the first time, in which the countryside is laid out like a carpet. The view East from Moel Siabod From here, it's just a short distance to the summit itself. The summit of Moel Siabod The summit of Moel Siabod The summit of Moel Siabod From the peak, the view of the surrounding mountains is even more impressive than from below. Here is the Snowdon group. The Snowdon range from Moel Siabod And the Glyders and Carneddau too, with Glyder Fach, Bristly Ridge and Tryfan clearly visible, and the Carneddau beyond. The Glyders from Moel Siabod This photo actually shows quite a nice view from a distance of part of the route of this other walk. The Glyders from Moel Siabod A longer lens is able to bring out the detail of the impressive butresses of Tryfan, with its Adam and Eve stones on top. Tryfan from Moel Siabod Finally, we took in a last view of Snowdon, before making our decent along the same path. The Snowdon range from Moel Siabod This walk was a fairly decent afternoon out, taking us around 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach the summit, and just over an hour to get back down, though we certainly weren't rushing!


These are some amazing

These are some amazing photos, hows the air at the peak?
- nathan

Thanks Nathan. Well the hills

Thanks Nathan. Well the hills in Wales aren't that high, so the air doesn't get thin or anything, but it is really clean and fresh. You can take some deep breaths up there - it's great.

I stumbled on your site

I stumbled on your site because my partner & I are heading up Moel Siabod this Saturday. Now I'm looking forward to it all the more. Thank you for blogging about it and sharing your beautiful pictures.

Wow! These are wonderful

Wow! These are wonderful pictures! I am glad to see that you had such a rewarding trip and got to spend quality time with your friends while hiking and scaling the mountainsides. I wish I too can make a trip there! windows support number

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