Snowdonia Walks in the Moelwynion

The Moelwynion are a range of hills right next to Snowdon, and often overlooked. They include the peaks of Cnicht (a.k.a. the Welsh Matterhorn) as well as the eponymous Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach. The range is also tenuously linked to Moel Siabod in the north, though that’s not only for convenience. A complete traverse of the range is one of Snowdonia’s Epic day’s out, or a satisfying two day weekend route.

For the best walks in these hills, we’ve put them in two posts.

The Walking Routes up Moel Siabod – Our favourite walk would have to be the Daear Ddu scramble as it packs in a surprising amount of variety for such a short route.

The Best Walks in the Moelwynion – There are plenty of other walks along the range, with the best walk being the entire traverse from Moelwyn Bach to Moel Siabod. For a more realistic day walk, the routes from Croesor up Cnicht and Moelwynion and the Moelwynion from Tanygrisiau are particular favourites.

For the rest of the routes, scroll down:

Walk up Cnicht from Croesor Circuit - Cambrian Way

All the Walking Routes up Cnicht

Cnicht is known as the Welsh Matterhorn owing to it’s pointy shape when seen from Porthmadog and nearby. However, this is an illusion, and from other angles the mountain looks far less impressive as it’s a long ridge. The usual approach is from Croesor, but despite it being a relatively simple mountain, there are a …

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Walk up Cnicht from Croesor Circuit - Cambrian Way

Walk up Cnicht from Croesor Circuit

Cnicht from Croesor aka the Welsh Matterhorn, is one of those essential hill walking routes to include on your Snowdonia Itinerary, and it certainly deserves better than a simple up and down. There are much better options for ascending Cnicht, with a number of circular route options from Croesor. This Cnicht Circular Route continues along …

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Best Mountain Walks in Snowdonia

Best Grade 1 Scrambles in Snowdonia

Scrambles in Snowdonia To celebrate the launch of the new Scrambles in Snowdonia by Steve Ashton, published by Cicerone, we’ve collated the best selection of Grade 1 scrambles in Snowdonia. We’ve steered clear of the trickier scrambles and kept to the easier grade 1 routes. Be warned that these are far from being ‘easy’ routes! …

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Siabod Daear Ddu

Daear Ddu Moel Siabod Scramble

The Best Route up Moel Siabod has to be scrambling up Daear Ddu. It’s a relatively straightforward scramble that follows the Daear Ddu ridge from Pont Cyfyng, with most of the trickier sections being avoidable. The Route  If ascended along the tourist path that starts at the Plas y Brenin, one would be forgiven for …

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Best Walks in the Moelwynion

The Moelwynion are a complex set of hills, with Moel Siabod bolted on not just for convenience, but also as it does all feel like one range once you’ve walked them all in one trip. It would be a bit like excluding Tal-y-fan from the Carneddau just because it’s a bit too northern for your …

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Moel Meirch from Nant Gwynant

I’ve walked across the flanks of this hill before, but the summer heat had tired me and I didn’t quite get to the top. Afterall, my aim that day had been to camp at Llyn yr Adar or some such destination that felt so far in the distance that I’d never arrive. I didn’t manage Allt Wen then …

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