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Moel Siabod – the Best Walks Up

By Dave Roberts   

Published – January 21, 2018

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Moel Siabod – the Best Walks Up

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 ValleySnowdonia BMC (British Mountain Map)  Explorer OL18 Harlech, Porthmadog & Bala MapLandranger 115 Snowdon & Caernarfon

You’ll also need to check out the Weather Forecast: Met Office Snowdonia Mountain Weather

Map Showing Best Walks and Scrambles up Moel Siabod

Click on the individual lines on the map below to see the labels.

Moel Siabod From Plas y Brenin – Capel Curig (red)

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

Download file for GPS

Daear Ddu Scramble From Capel Curig (purple)

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 which is noted in orange on the map).

Walking Routes up Moel Siabod

Moel Siabod from Pont Cyfyng (green).

This is a less scrambly route to the summit, pathless in places. Not as good as Daear Ddu but better than the direct ascent.

Moel Siabod from Pen y Gwryd (dark blue)

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.

Moel Siabod Via Carnedd y Cribau from Nant Gwynant or Dolwyddelan (light blue)

This is technically the same route as the one from Pen y Gwryd, which it joins for the main walk up Siabod. However it does allow you to fit in the interesting subsidiary summit of Carnedd y Cribau and some wild walking where you’ll be unlikely to see any other walkers. This makes an epic outing


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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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