Moel Hebog is a 2,569ft (783m) mountain near Beddgelert in Snowdonia National Park with great views of both Snowdon itself and the Irish Sea. Set in the north west of the national park, Moel Hebog was created by volcanic ash and much of the rock is still exposed, making it popular with geologists.
Our favourite Trail Route for Moel Hebog starts at Beddgelert train station and wanders through the lowland forests before heading up neighbouring summit Moel Yr Ogof, home of the cave of Welsh legend Owain Glyndwr. There’s a great leg stretching hill ascent to the top of Hebog and we love timing this walk for sunset at the trig point.
How To Find Moel Hebog
The most popular car park to hike or run Moel Hebog is the public train station car park in the town of Beddgelert, sat nav postcode LL55 4YJ.
Moel Hebog Trail Route
Distance 5.6 miles
Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Ascent 2,825ft
Summits Moel Yr Ogof, Moel Hebog
Views Llyn Cwmystradllyn, the Irish Sea, the Snowdon Horseshoe & lots more…
This Moel Hebog Walking Loop takes in the cave of Welsh legend Owain Glyndwr, miles of enchanting forest trails and incredible views over the Irish Sea from the summit.
1. The first couple of miles of this walk is an enjoyable wander across the valley floor and up through some pretty magical forest. It’s nice to have this scenery with fairly level trails to warm up the legs for the mountains.
2. The cave of Welsh legend Owain Glyndwr is a great little gem to discover. Reputed to be where Owain stored food and weapons during rebellion days, although small the cave definitely takes some of the forest magic from below and adds a sense of isolation. The view of Moel Hebog summit is special from here.
3. Timing this loop to arrive at Hebog’s summit just before sunset usually gives a crowning glory to the loop. The views inland towards Snowdon itself are fantastic, with the golden sun hitting the horseshoe in perfect sync. Turning 180 degrees is the real highlight though, over the Llyn Pensinula out to the Irish Sea.
4. The descent back down to Beddgelert pretty comfy in dusk and even dark. The village is clearly lit when there’s no cloud and in adverse conditions we keep the ridge drop on our right knowing it will eventually snake down to the valley trail.