If you only get to walk at weekends, want to avoid the crowds that gravitate towards Snowdon and discover what else Snowdonia has to offer then without doubt a good place to start is the mountain of Moel Siabod, located on the edge of Capel Curig, although rather ironically its English translation is ‘shapely hill’ and is of a size that it can be seen on the A55 from Rhuallt Hill on a clear day.
At 2,861 feet it is the tallest mountain in the Moelwynion range and they say that you can see 13 of the 14 highest peaks in Wales without turning your head, on a clear day. I didn’t count them but you can certainly get a great view of Snowdon, Tryfan, Cnicht and Pen Llithrig-y-wrach or as it is more commonly known, The Hill of the Slippery Witch.
Having only really started walking in 2017 I’m not that experienced in mountain walking so tend towards guided walks and on this occasion I booked with Hike Snowdonia for the walk.
In the lead up to the day Andrew, who owns Hike Snowdonia, had made me aware that due to a cancellation it was only going to be a small group but when I met him at Moel Siabod Café I found it was just the two of us and in some respects it made it a better walk as the day was tailored then to me and to my pace.
It was a great walk which took us through the forest and then up past long disused slate mines and buildings to the glacier carved lake of Llyn y Foel and from their to the Daiar Dhu Ridge which offers a low level introduction to scrambling, which I enjoyed and was more than I had done previously, even though it does look challenging.
It was fantastic to do a walk in almost splendid isolation although at the summit there was probably about 8 others!
It was a great day, Andrew was very knowledgeable and to round it off the weather was just perfect and we ended with a well deserved pint of local ale at Tyn-y-Coed Inn.
If you do the walk then there is free parking at Moel Siabod Café and if that is full then you could park at Tyn-y-Coed Inn for a small fee.
A great walk that has inspired me to explore some of the lesser walked mountains and thanks to a random comment by another walker at the summit I am thinking of going up Moel Siabod again….but at sunrise!
There are more photos from the walk on my Facebook page