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Walking up Moel Hebog from Beddgelert

By Dave Roberts   

Published – March 26, 2018

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Walking up Moel Hebog from Beddgelert

Further Details

Route Summary:

One of Snowdonia’s Classic ascents.

Start and Finish:

Distance: 15.05 km

Ascent: 978 m

Time: 6 hours

Timings are approximate and depend on the individual. Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Before You Walk up Snowdon, ask yourselfAre you equipped? Do you know what you’re doing? Are the conditions safe? If you answer no to any of these, stay safe, don’t go! Check the weather forecast and make sure you know about walking up Snowdon in the Snow. If you lack experience – hire a Snowdon Mountain Guide.


Pubs and cafes are plentiful in Beddgelert.

Public Transport:

Either the Snowdon Sherpa or the Welsh Highland Railway.

Traveline for UK Public Transport


Public Car park in the village center (paid for)


Navigation and descent of Moel Lefn can be tricky in mist.

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Walk up Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon Safely Navigation and the Gear and Equipment you’ll need.

Check the Weather before setting out.

We reccommend  Met Office Snowdonia and MWIS and live conditions on Adventure Smart – live conditions

Snowdon Guidebooks:

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Walking up Moel Hebog from Beddgelert Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Walking up Moel Hebog from Beddgelert

Moel Hebog is Beddgelert’s own mountain. An ascent of Moel Hebog, along with the satellite summits of Moel yr Ogof and Moel Lefn makes the perfect companion to Snowdon for a full weekend’s walking. At 782m high, it’s not the loftiest peak, but it’s still a worthy day out.

The route starts off steadily from the village, near the WHR station, following the easy Lon Gwyrfai trail for the first section. It then sets off steadily uphill, before steepening as you ascend higher. If you expect an easy path, you’ll be disappointed, with the path being steep in places.

After a few false summits, you’ll finally reach the summit, and the views make it worth it.

From the summit, there’s still plenty of great walking ahead. The steep grassy descent to Bwlch Meillionen isn’t one of them, but the views across to Moel yr Ogof certainly is. Moel yr Ogof is famous for Ogof Owain Glyndwr (Owain Glyndwr’s Cave) which can be found by heading right from the bwlch. It’s not easy to find, and often an old mineshaft is mistaken for the actual cave.

Walking up Moel Hebog from Beddgelert

With the walk continuing through an improbable rent in the crags, the terrain changes again as you emerge in a land of small mountain tarns. The walk continues over the summit of Moel yr Ogof and along the easier summit of Moel Lefn, before a steep descent to Bwlch Sais and on to Bwlch Cwm Trwsgl. It’s a comparative stroll back through the forest to the start, albeit a rather lengthy one!

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The full walking route up Moel Hebog from Beddgelert is detailed on Mud and Routes.


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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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