Moel EilioLlanberis, Snowdonia

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Head steeply uphill on the unmetalled track passing through a gate (ladder stile) with a stone wall on your left.

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Keep heading up the tack (for 380m) as it climbs to the left until the track passes through a second gate. SH 562 597 Stone wall on your right.

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Once through the gate leave the security of the track and strike up onto the open hillside on a fainter path leading, after 500m to the rounded ridge at SH 558 595

Walkers' tip
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Once you’ve gained the rounded ridge you will join a major, worn footpath. Take a South turn onto it. If you’re descending then you’ve gone wrong.

Be aware
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After several false summits (points that you are sure must be the top but once there the hill annoyingly keeps climbing above) you arrive at the summit of Moel Eilio

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Heading slightly East of South set off downhill (for the first time) and along the beautiful grassy ridge.

Magnificent Views
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The ridge undulates in a very satisfying habit bringing you up to Foel Gron SH 563 565 down again to a superb grassy col (or Bwlch in Welsh) and eventually, finally up again to Foel Goch SH 570 563. There are a number of fences and ladder stiles to negotiate along the ridge line.

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From Foel Goch a steep grassy slope takes you down to join a main bridleway at Bwlch (col) Maesgwm SH 572 558. You will see the wall running down the hill to cross the rocky path.

Walkers' note
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Take the bridleway heading North, downhill towards Llanberis. It is 4km back to the starting point.

Interesting fact
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After 1.6km at SH 578 573 pass through a gate as the track continues to level out.

Something to spot
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SH 577 580 The cottage here is fully functioning and inhabited. Keep going along the main track ignoring all temping deviations to the right or left. Pass over a wide concrete bridge at bwlch

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After 1.8 km of easy track walking at SH 572 590 climb over the ladder stile and not through the metal gate and down the metalled road.

The last leg
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Sam Farnsworth
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The local ‘go to’ classic Sunday afternoon mountain walk.

Route summary: Often while the higher peaks are clagged in (shrouded with low cloud) this hill can sneak in under the cloud radar and deliver breathtaking, crisp views. Look out north onto Anglesey, west to the Llŷn Peninsula and grab occasional glimpses of Snowdon as the cloud rolls across the hills. But this route is no stroll in the park.

This walk can be highly rewarding when the higher peaks seem a little daunting on a less than perfect day. Pop those boots on; the weather never feels as bad on the hill as you fear while sheltering in a warm car!

1.  Start of your journey:  Head steeply uphill on the unmetalled track passing through a gate (ladder stile) with a stone wall on your left.

2. Keep heading up the track (for 380m) as it climbs to the left until the track passes through a second gate. SH 562 597. Stone wall on your right.

3.  Once through the gate, leave the security of the track and strike up onto the open hillside on a fainter path leading, after 500m to the rounded ridge at SH 558 595.

4.  Once you’ve gained the rounded ridge you will join a major, worn footpath. Take a south turn onto it. If you are descending instead of climbing, then you’ve gone wrong.

5.  After several false summits (points that you are sure must be the top but once there the hill annoyingly keeps climbing above) you arrive at the summit of Moel Eilio.

6.  Heading slightly East of South set off downhill (for the first time) and along the beautiful grassy ridge.

7.  The ridge undulates in a very satisfying habit, bringing you up to Foel Gron SH 563 565, down again to a superb grassy col (or Bwlch in Welsh) and eventually, finally up again to Foel Goch SH 570 563. There are a number of fences and ladder stiles to negotiate along the ridge line.

8.  From Foel Goch, a steep grassy slope takes you down to join a main bridleway at Bwlch (col) Maesgwm SH 572 558. You will see the wall running down the hill to cross the rocky path.

9.  Take the bridleway heading North, downhill towards Llanberis. It is 4km back to the starting point.

10.   After 1.8 km of easy track walking at SH 572 590 climb over the ladder stile and not through the metal gate and down the metalled road.

11. End of your journey:  From this last bridge, it is only 100 meters back to the parking. On a hot summer's day there are good spots to dip overheated feet into the cooling stream.

LLANBERIS Snowdonia

Below you'll find all the information you'll need to help you along with this walk; where to park, whether or not there are loos and if it is dog friendly.

Parking & access
  • Long walk.

  • Parking charge: free.

Bus stop
  • Public buses run regularly to and from Llanberis High Street from where the start of this route can easily be accessed.
Loos
  • There are no loos on route or at the parking,  so do make use of facilities in Llanberis before you arrive.
Dogs
  • There are sheep / lambs on these hills. Also access for a paragliding take off point. Please be sure that dogs are either impeccably behaved or on a lead.
Places to eat
  • Pete’s Eats is a historic place to go for a pint of tea and generously proportioned meal after a long day in the hills. Don't miss the public map room upstairs in the cafe, it’s the perfect place to hatch a plan for your next, perhaps even bigger adventure.

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Disclaimer

You are responsible for your own safety when walking a suggested route. Only walk if you are medically able to. We make no representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information on this site in relation to any of the suggested routes. While we try to ensure that all walking routes on this site are suitable and safe for walking by people of a reasonable level of experience and fitness, you should be aware that walking, like all outdoor activities, carries a degree of risk to person and property.

We accept no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects, personal accident, injury or public liability in relation to a suggested route on this site (although we do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so). Furthermore, while we try to ensure that all suggested routes follow public rights of way, these are liable to change and you should ensure that all routes are rights of way at the time of walking. Please respect private property (including livestock), as we accept no responsibility for trespassing or damage to private property, to either you or any third party. Mountains and farmland are likely to be private property, please respect the landowners and their property. Please take extra care around traffic, farm machinery and livestock, and around steep drops on mountain or cliff paths.

Please walk within your group’s level of health, fitness and experience and follow advice from relevant authorities. Check the weather forecast (and, where relevant, tide timetables) in advance of a walk. Do not walk in adverse weather and always pack food, water, bright high-visibility warm and waterproof clothing, and a recent OS map, compass, torch and mobile phone. Proper footwear should be worn. Please let people know what time you are due to arrive at your destination. Children and pets should be supervised at all times, and dogs should be kept on a lead, particularly around farmland and livestock.

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