Moel Eilio Trip Report
|12.4 km||629 m|
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Moel Eilio Trip Report Details
We took a bimble up the summit of Moel Eilio and the ridge beyond today. Here are some of the pictures that we took on the walk.
The route starts above Waunfawr at the Bwlch y Groes car park, but be warned that the road and parking is a little rough!
It’s an easy enough route, as you follow the track left from the car park towards the shallow bwlch. Today it seemed that fly-tippers have been about as can be seen from the pics below.
Passing through the gate, there’s then an obvious path to your right that you should have no problem following to the summit. The path does steepen when you reach the fence, but after a breather here we were still on top in under an hour – a reasonable time at a plodding pace. Having no view, and being cool on top, it was straight down along the interesting grassy ridge. It was also something like my 54th time to this summit, so it’s not as if I’ve not seen the view in good weather before.
As we descended, at least we left the clouds and had some wonderful views across to Mynydd Mawr and Moel Hebog. The image really doesn’t do it justice, and it seems that the settings had changed again in my pocket from the ideal ones and so the photo is disappointing. It had looked like one to print out A3 when taking it.
You can follow the ridge as far as Maesgwm by crossing the final bump of Foel Goch. A lazier approach, as seen on the map above, is to veer right at the col beneath Foel Goch towards the wall far below to the right. If you reach the wall directly ahead, you need to follow it down (don’t cross the stile in it) to the stile at where the two walls meet. This contours around, a bit wet but not boggy, all the way to Maesgwm.
There were a couple of guys mountain biking it down here tonight, but while initially we looked on enviously as we saw them descend and I’m sure one whooped with joy, we passed them further along as they had to change a flat tyre.
The track continues past some ruins, then a restored cottage, and some more ruins where there seems to be work ongoing to ‘improve’ the footpaths. Eventually we reached the burnt shell of Maen-llwyd-isaf and the final cruel ascent to the start. About half way up, I managed to somehow breathe in a large bug and spent the remainder of the walk coughing and spluttering. Not nice…