Moel Siabod – a description from 1889
We love old books at Hike Snowdonia, especially ones about North Wales. Today, whilst out in Llandudno we found an 1889 publication of Baddeley and Ward’s Through Guides, North Wales. There is a whole section about the mountains of Snowdonia, and over the next few weeks we will bring you some interesting extracts.
Given our base in Capel Curig, we were instantly drawn to the section on Moel Siabod, which it reminds us is pronounced “Shabod” and is detailed as being 2,865ft high. It goes on to describe the mountain as follows:
We couldn’t agree more. We run a walk up Moel Siabod which we describe as the ‘isolated peak’. The book then continues:
“Looked at from the Lledr or the lower part of the Llugwy valley, it has a particularly graceful and striking outline, and from more than one view-point in these directions it bears a distinct resemblance to that most shapely of Scotch mountains, Schiehallion”.
Well totally agree about the graceful and striking outline, hence we approach it from this point on our Moel Siabod ‘Isolated Peak’ hike, but as for its resemblance to Schiehallion, we would have no idea as every time we have been, we have done it in low visibility, and the last time in a total white-out!
The view from the top of Moel Siabod is described as ‘exceptionally good’ which is high praise from the authors of this book as they don’t give praise easily! The remainder of the description of the expanse of views is true. Note some of the spellings of place names:
“Eastwards is a rich stretch of the Llugwy valley, extending to the Swallow Falls, and terminated by a strip of the Conwy valley close to Bettws-y-Coed, which village, however, is unseen. A chain of lakes to the left of the Llugwy is a feature, and to the right of it, separated by moorland, is the Lledr valley, with the road that climbs to the plateau between Bettws-y-Coed and Corwen. The Clwydian and Berwyn ranges bound the view in this direction. The two peaks of Arenig-fawr are prominent in the south-east, and, a little to the left of them, in a direct line with the level of top of Arenig-fach, is Llyn Conway, the source of the Conway river. To the right of these and farther away are the Arans and Cader Idris, the latter due south. Then comes a rocky range with Moelwyn and Cynicht at its northern extremity and close at hand. A peep into the Beddgelert valley is obtained, Llyn-y-Ddinas commencing it and Moel Hebog forming a fine background. Snowdon, the Glyders – with Y Tryfan showing 3 peaks to the right of them – and Carnedds Dafydd and Llewelyn monopolise the prospect to the west and the north-west. Northwards part of the Llandudno promontory may be seen”.
Despite over 100 years passing since the writing of the above description, little has changed apart from the fact that we would describe the views as ‘spectacular’.
We would encourage you to come along and experience the views from Moel Siabod. Click here to find out more.