Short half day walk to Moel Cynghorion, with extensive views.
|8.2 km||516 m||3 hours or so|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Snowdon Ranger
Pub with excellent ales in Rhyd Ddu – Cwellyn Arms and a microbrewery at Waunfawr (Snowdonia Parc Inn) which sells the beer it brews for around £3 a pint (which is cheap in this area as Snowdonia beer prices in places can make Londoners weep).
Path can be unclear on summit plateau, but the fence can be used as a guide.
Sherpa Buses and WHR to Rhyd Ddu.Traveline for UK Public Transport
Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav (where applicable): LL54 7YS
Plenty available – very rarely full.
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Walk up Moel Cynghorion from Snowdon Ranger Route Map and GPX Download
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Walk up Moel Cynghorion from Snowdon Ranger Details
The mountain of Moel Cynghorion is often ignored in favour of the Ranger Track up Snowdon, or the popular Moel Eilio Circuit. While it makes a fine add on to those walks, it’s also a fine half day out in its own right. It’s a steady walk with fine views towards Yr Wyddfa and Moel Eilio, if otherwise a slightly underwhelming summit.
Moel Cynghorion From Snowdon Ranger Route Description
1 Start from the Snowdon Ranger car park cross the road and follow the Snowdon Ranger Path that’s obvious to the left of the Youth Hostel. Head uphill, follow the path along the side of the Welsh Highland Railway before turning right uphill towards the farmhouse.
2 Turn Right, though the gate, to follow the Snowdon Ranger Path behind the farmhouse. This has recently been restored, and is now a really good track. It does look rather stark at the time of writing, but it will weather into the mountainside in no time. Continue uphill, along the numerous zig zags, with the path relenting after the final one and views towards Snowdon now opening up.
3 Continue along the now flat section of the Snowdon Ranger Path, ignoring the first waymarked footpath to the left (which you could follow if you wished) in favour of the new footpath that’s been built between the Ranger Path and Maesgwm. The path is perfectly graded, and the walk to Maesgwm is steady.
4 At Bwlch Maesgwm, head right up the grassy ridge up Moel Cynghorion. The initial section is grassy and steep, but the going soon becomes steadier and the views in all directions open up.
5 Eventually you’ll reach the summit plateau, and at the far end you’ll find the underwhelming summit. There’s a corner post, with a frying pan nailed to the top and extensive views across towards Snowdon, Glyderau and the Nantlle Ridge.
6 Follow the fence right to descend to Bwlch Cwm Brwynog and rejoin the Snowdon Ranger Path. The views towards Clogwyn Du’r Arddu and Llyn Ffynnon-y-gwas dominate the impressive view as the track descends steeply along the tops of Clogwyn Llechwedd Llo.
7 Turn right on the Snowdon Ranger Path, which provides a straightforward route back to the beginning.