Moel Siabod

At 872m Moel Siabod is the highest peak in the Moelwynion mountain range in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. With easy access from Betws Y Coed & Capel Curig and great views towards Snowdon it’s easy to understand why this is such a popular peak for walkers and trail runners.

Moel Siabod from Plas Y Brenin | The Frozen Divide

Moel Siabod via Daear Ddu Trail Route

Old quarries, a couple of beautiful lakes, a scramble up a ridgeline and a scenic route down, not much else to ask from a trip to one mountain!

Distance 5.8 miles

Time 3 hours 20 minutes (walking)

Total Ascent 2,961ft

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Summits Moel Siabod

Views all the 3,000ft mountains in Snowdonia National Park, and miles and miles of North Wales.

Moel Siabod Ridge Loop | 3D Map | thefrozendivide

1. Parking roadside on the main A483 road between Betws Y Coed and Ogwen Valley, the journey up starts across a traditional bridge and winds up a clear track to the first small lake.

2. Halfway up is the old quarry and plenty of abandoned mining houses and structures to explore, with great views back towards Betws Y Coed. The path follows a shallow mountain stream up to the main lake on the trip, Llyn Y Foel.

3. After Llyn Y Foel the fun starts, with an easy scramble up the Daear Ddu ridge – plenty of nice sized boulders and ledges to play on. We keep the drop on our right at all times, making navigation to the summit really simple in any weather. Wandering to the left inevitably adds plenty unnecessary steps in poor visibility here. The summit view is awesome, taking in all the Welsh 3,000ft mountains in a huge 360 degree panorama.

4. Equally if not more fun than the Ddear Ddu ridge, is taking the north-western ridge line back to the start. These huge boulders are stacked like thousands of enormous lego pieces, rising and falling with phenomenal views all round.

Moel Siabod from Plas Y Brenin Trail Route

This Moel Siabod from Plas Y Brenin trail route offers a straight forward path to the summit from the north, starting at the adventure centre by Llynnau Mymbyr. The route returns via the north east ridgeline, eventually dropping back down to the forest.

Distance 6.2 miles

Time 3 hours (walking)

Total Ascent 2,462ft

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Summits Moel Siabod

Views all the 3,000ft mountains in Snowdonia National Park, and miles and miles of North Wales.

Moel Siabod from Plas Y Brenin 3D Map

1. Parking roadside on the A4086 just past Plas Y Brenin centre, this route crosses the north end of Llynnau Mymbyr and heads through a short but beautiful section of woodland.

2. The valley view soon opens up, looking west towards Snowdon as the path clearly ascends on a long diagonal grassy hill walk. After a short section of boulders (no hands required) the summit and stone circle shelter are easily reached.

3. We love taking the north western ridgeline to descend, the huge boulders resemble piles of enormous lego bricks and it’s so much fun to cross, never mind the amazing views. As the boulders come to a natural end the path descends via a grassy gulley, eventually meeting the main Ddear Ddu path.

4. It’s all easy from here, a short section of back road before following the river back to Llynnau Mymbyr.

Moel Siabod Photo Gallery

Photos from many visits walking, scrambling and trail running at Moel Siabod mountain in North Wales.

Moel Siabod Ridge Loop | Hiking Snowdonia | The Frozen Divide

How To Find Moel Siabod

Moel Siabod is located next to Capel Curig, roughly halfway between Betws Y Coed and Ogwen Valley.

Derek Does Siabod

Little Derek the 6 month old Jack Russell X Poodle puppy takes on Moel Siabod.

Siabod Timelapse

Three short Moel Siabod timelapse clips from a wander up and down on Monday 12th August 2019. Footage was filmed on GoPro Hero 7 Black action cameras and Hohem Tech iSteady Pro gimbals.