Local Walks - Moel Siabod
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Moel Siabod
Heritage Walk

Length : 5.5 miles - 9 km    Ascent : 2400 ft - 735 m   Grade : Hard

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{short description of image} Moel Siabod is the peak which overlooks Capel Curig - it is a solitary mountain, separated from all the other high peaks of northern Snowdonia and standing in its own space to the south-west of Capel Curig. Moel Siabod is worth the attention of every dedicated mountain walker.

The walk starts at the Pont Cyfyng falls on the A5 - walk up the lane past the footpath sign and after a short way a track turns off right. Follow this as it gains height to Rhos Farm and take the diversion footpath avoiding the farm itself - whilst on the farm land everyone should respect both land and livestock.

Once past the farm you have a good view of Moel Siabod and reaching a ladder stile you head along the northern shores of a pleasant reservoir presumably built when the slate quarries were in operation. Climbing once more you pass through the remains of mine buildings and the piles of waste slate. {short description of image}

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The path is clear and generally good although just past the quarry buildings it does deteriorate for a short while. Climbing to a col Llyn y Foel comes into view and the path crosses a boggy section, which can be partly avoided by keeping well to the right.

{short description of image} Ahead you can see the eastern ridge of Moel Siabod. This is a fine rock scramble involving around 800 feet of ascent. Although never difficult with easy alternatives throughout it can be a very tiring section of this walk. Eventually the summit is reached and from here there are excellent all-round views over much of northern Snowdonia with Snowdon itself dominating your thoughts.

The return is best achieved by taking the north-east ridge which leads you unerringly back to the ladder stile encountered on the outward journey. All that is left is an easy stroll downhill back to the main road.