If you’ve visited Snowdonia for the weekend and you’ve got half a day, then Moel Siabod is ideal to fill a long morning’s walk. There are a number of options for walks up Moel Siabod, so here’s a brief rundown of the main ones as well as a brief summary of the most popular ascent from Capel Curig.
You’ll need one of the following maps, with the mountain falling in the corner of the 4 sheets on the Explorer maps! : OS Explorer OL17 Snowdon & Conwy Valley, Snowdonia BMC (British Mountain Map) , Explorer OL18 Harlech, Porthmadog & Bala Map, Landranger 115 Snowdon & Caernarfon
You’ll also need to check out the Weather Forecast: Met Office Snowdonia Mountain Weather
Moel Siabod From Capel Curig.
1 This is the direct and easiest route up Moel Siabod and is around 10km in length and should take around 4 hours. It starts off from the centre of Capel Curig, either at the Joe Brown shop or the National Park Car Park. Follow this track away from Moel Siabod before turning left along the good bridleway. This will bring you out a few 100m up the main road from Plas y Brenin. Walk towards Plas y Brenin and follow the footpath right towards the bridge over the Afon Mymbyr.
2 The track now winds it’s way up through the forestry, waymarked in places, so keep an eye out for any waymarks!
3 Once out of the forestry and onto open mountain, the path is largely clear to follow – with sections being badly eroded and wide.
4 The final section to the summit may be obvious in clear weather, but might require some compass work in mist. In descent, the path is totally absent on the summit, so you’ll need some navigational work in order to find the start of the path. That’s in clear weather as well as mist! It’s a straightforward descent once you find the path (which is like a motorway once you’re on it – as you can see from the images).
Map of the Moel Siabod walk from Capel Curig
This is the scrambler’s route – and our favourite route to the summit of Moel Siabod. With a varied ascent, there’s plenty of interest in this walk. Daear Ddu can also be approached from Dolwyddelan.
This is a less scrambly route to the summit, pathless in places. Not as good as Daear Ddu but better than the direct ascent.
This is the least interesting approach, being boggy and pathless to before a steady grassy ascent. It does however boast some excellent views and you’ll probably have the route to yourself.