Moel Siabod

The Isolated Peak

Moel Siabod


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Moel Siabod stands isolated from other peaks which surround it, meaning that on a clear day it commands spectacular views towards the Snowdon range, the Glyderau, Moel Hebog, the Moelwyns, and the Carneddau.

This hike up Moel Siabod will maintain (for as long as possible) the feeling of isolation in an ever increasingly busy National Park.  Whilst seeing others on this hike is inevitable, the morning will take you off the beaten track and on to ancient trails and open terrain between Capel Curig and Dolwyddelan.

We will pass close to hut circles and long forgotten Cairns. We will enter into a maze of track in a planted pine forest and see the apparent devastation of forestry work.  You will track the side of what may be a trickling stream or a torrent of crashing water, depending on the weather.  We may have to cross the stream or change our route depending on the conditions.

On reaching a glacier carved lake (Llyn y Foel), you will see the forces of nature that have created the environment around you.  You will see how the seat of the glacier has dug into the mountain side creating steep headwalls and sidewalls.  You will also be able to see a rock bar at the exit of Llyn y Foel.  If this wasn’t enough, we still have the exciting and airy Daiar Dhu Ridge.  The Ridge is an extension of the rock bar.  The Ridge is made of dolerite and will offer us a low level introduction to scrambling.  The scrambling can be made very easy for those that might find this off putting. On the other hand other members of the group will still be able to challenge themselves.

After the scramble we finally reach the summit of Moel Siabod. From the summit you will have some of the best views of Snowdon in Snowdonia.  You will also be able to pick out lots of other peaks.  After spending sometime at the top we will make our way gently down to Capel Curig.

  • Departure
    Moel Siabod Cafe
  • Departure Time
    Departure time Please arrive at 9.30 for a briefing and prompt departure at 10.00
  • Dress Code
    See our standard kit list on our questions page

1: Meet

We will meet at the Moel Siabod Café (see location) at the start time.  The café is a great place to meet if you want to get breakfast first and they permit you to park for free. We normally leave 30 minutes later.  This gives a window of arrival so you don’t miss the hike. There is normally always space to park. This walk is circular so provided you complete the hike you will end up back at your car! You will have the chance at this stage to meet your guide for the day and fellow hikers.

2: Briefing

Just before we leave, you will be given a briefing about the planned route, weather conditions and health and safety.

3: Morning

Will start our hike at a leisurely pace and we will walk as a group.  It is really important at this stage not to go too fast and tire yourself out.  If you need to stop at any point (even for a call of nature) then let us know. Depending on the speed of group we aim to reach the summit of Siabod for a late lunch and depending on the weather, spend about 30 minutes or so at the top. This will allow ample time to have photos and of course celebrate your achievement. We will also have the opportunity to have a group photo.

4: Afternoon

We will slowly make our way back down the mountain, stopping when required to take in the view, refuel or rehydrate.   Even though the summit is behind you there is still challenge ahead.  The path down is uneven and your legs will be tired.  Believe it or not a lot of people find coming down the mountain more difficult than going up! We will stop for a group photo at the end of the day.  Eventually we will end up back at the Siabod Café where we will stop and have tea and cake, or depending on the group, head to a local pub.

5: Debrief

At our café/pub stop the leader will share his thoughts with you about the day, before wishing you a safe journey home.

Tour Location

Moel Siabod is an isolated peak offering spectacular views towards the Snowdon range, the Glyderau, Moel Hebog, the Moelwyns, and the Carneddau.

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