Walk up Moel Eilio From Waunfawr  5/5 (2)

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Route Summary:

Short route, ideal as an evening walk in the summer months.

This walk includes the Washi of Moel Eilio

This walk includes the Hewitt of Moel Eilio

This walk includes the Nuttall of Moel Eilio

6.14 km 386 m 2.5 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Start and Finish: Bwlch y Groes, Waunfawr

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Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking :

NOTE – we don’t recommend driving to the bwlch at present as the road has deteriorated recently. At own risk!

Public Transport:

Only to Waenfawr or Llanberis, you’ll need to walk to the bwlch!

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Walk up Moel Eilio From Waunfawr Details

The walk up Moel Eilio is a popular route with locals, and this is the easiest walk up. The route up Moel Eliio from Waunfawr starts from a car park above Waunfawr, or you can walk in from the village if you wanted to double the distance. We recommend extending the walk over the range and either returning to the start, or descending to Snowdon Ranger YH and getting a bus back to the start.

NOTE that the access road may not be suitable for most cars – if in doubt, park in the village and walk up.

1 Set off from the car park (beware that the access road is narrow and has deteriorated recently – be careful!) and follow a path along the edge of the slate tips away from the road you’ve approached. There are some stones placed at regular intervals here for some reason, possibly to stop campers or anyone driving this way.

2 The track continues under the slate tips and joins a good wide track. You can follow this to the wall and turn right, or continue along a faint path directly to the gate in the wall.

Walk up Moel Eilio From Waunfawr

3 Pass through the gate, and turn right along the eroded footpath. There’s more than just walker damage along here, and it was unfortunately damaged further by a Land Rover films shoot a few months back with the damage still apparent.

Walk up Moel Eilio From Waunfawr

4 The path undulates, mainly upwards, until you reach a fence and a stile. The path is badly eroded here, so keep to the path rather than widening it (but it’s a bit late for that I suppose).

Walk up Moel Eilio From Waunfawr

5 This section is much steeper, but over soon enough when you reach a further fence with a stile. There’s a huge gap so you can ignore the redundant stile and pass on through.

Walk up Moel Eilio From Waunfawr

6 Within no time, you’ll be at the summit shelter. This is a huge construction and a welcome respite in foul weather. If it’s fine, then the views from here are extensive and well worth the effort!

From the Summit of Moel Eilio – we suggest continuing along the ridge to walk along the entire ridge by following this route – Moel Eilio circular walk From Llanberis.

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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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