Moel Siabod

Key: mountainMountain over 914m   peakPeak over 600m   peakPeak under 600m  

Length: 8km   Height gain: 680m   Highest point: 872m   Approx time: 3.5 - 4 hours   gpx file

This is a good walk for a half day, in fact the last time did it was before traveling home. It takes you up a but of a scramble over some rocky ground, before a descent down grassy slopes which can be (and invariably are) boggy. It provides superb views across to the Snowdon Horseshoe, and is a walk which I think is best enjoyed in good weather when the views will be fully appreciated.

We begin just past Capel Curig (when driving from Ogwen). There is a small amount of parking just past the minor road at GR 734573. Begin walking along this road, and very soon take the turning off to the right which will go up quite steeply and past a farm house. The route is simple enough in that you just keep to this path. You will pass a fairly large lake, and will then reach a smaller lake in a quarry. Continue the same way until you reach the larger lake of Llyn y Foel.

From here the West ridge (Deaer Ddu) of Carnedd Moel Siabod can be seen. This is a bit of a scramble, but you should be able to pick a route up to the summit. From here stop to admire the views both across to the Snowdon Horseshoe in the West, and the Glyderau to the North-West.

The descent is an easier choice of route. Head off to the North-East, picking your way across the rocky ground, and keeping the cliffs to your right. Take time to look down to the Mymbyr lakes to your left as you walk. After just over 1km the route bends to the right a little more, and you follow the ridge down a wet grassy slope to the road which you were following on the way up. Simply follow this back to the start.

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