The best thing about Moel Siabod is it's spectacular views due to being an island peak. To the North you will see Snowdonia's major mountain ranges, The Glyderau, The Carneddau and of course the Snowdon Range. To the south the Rhinogs and Moelwyns and the rest of the National Park unfurl as far as the eye can see.
Snowdonia Guided Walk:
Who is it for?
Moel Siabod is perfect for average people who are reasonably fit and can walk on steep and uneven ground. The very top section requires a very short section of scrambling. It is perfect for those who are looking to do their first scramble.
What equipment do I need?
We will send you a detailed kit list upon booking and again shortly before the event.
Normal hiking gear is needed and this varies a little depending on the time of year and the forecast on the day. Items that are always required which you may need to go out and buy include walking boots/ walking shoes (not trainers), a waterproof jacket and a rucksack.
We can give you advice about what to buy if you have booked onto one of our walks.
Where does it start?
This walk starts at near the village of Capel Curig.
We will send you out detailed Event Notes by email before the walk which include where and when to meet and parking instructions.
All of our instructors are fully qualified Mountain Leaders with a minimum of a 16 hour First Aid certificate. All participants are covered by our Public Liability Insurance.
From the car park there is a short 2 min walk up the road along the Afon Llugwy river to an old stone bridge that you use to cross the river.
After this you continue south and soon join a track that heads uphill through a woodland. You will soon be rewarded for your climb with extensive views of the Carneddau and the large forest which constitutes its south eastern tip. From this mountain track you will get your first glimpse of the spectacular Moel Siabod.
You continue up a gentle slope on a god track until you reach the first of three lakes. With the lake to one side and a rocky, heather covered slope on your right, you continue for 5 mins until you enter the old slate workings, now a UNESCO World Heritage site due to it's unique and historical importance. Here you will find the second of the day's lakes which is flanked on three sides by vertical cliffs.
From here the footpath is a little more rugged as you ascend to the third and most beautiful lake the Llyn y Foel. This is a great spot to stop for lunch. Remember hiking is as much about stopping and enjoying the view as it is actually hiking.
You will need your energy for the next section as you tackle the highlight of the day which is the Daer Ddu Ridge. This rocky spur stretches to the summit. The best thing about this ridge is keeping to the right will heighten exposure, difficulty and steepness making it an exhilarating adventure whereas moving to the left makes it a much easier and less scary mountain walk. The choice is yours!
It is just the top section where the use of your hands is necessary as you scramble over rocks. This is very easy and accommodating and not scary or particularly difficult.
After this you reach the summit plateau and the peak. On a clear day this has to be one of the best places in the National Park. It is quiet and rugged with amazing views of the National Park and it's three major ranges, The Glyderau, The Carneddau & The Snowdon Range. This is definately a place to linger before you descend via a fun clamber over rocks as you make your descent down the other side of the mountain towards Llynnau Mymbyr lake and Capel Curig.
As you approach the lake your knees will be thankful for the grassy and gentle descent before you enter a forest then follow a stream downhill until you reach a really good track. This is a welcome finalle for sore legs but there is one more highlight in store.
After walking through woodland for 20-30 mins you will be treated to the encore of a walk along the banks of the Afon Llugwy river until you are back at the old stone bridge where you started this spectacular circular walk.