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~Moel Siabod~

11th May 2010

It's been a long time since I last climbed a Welsh Peak for the first time and the first time I've climbed one I wasn't sure how to pronounce, this is my view of Moel Siabod....



Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk

Capel Curig Moel Siabod
Parking - free of charge!
Moel Siabod - in the morning

The "Snowdonia National Park" car park at Capel Curig bears no charge, compare that to the Lake District! On the right, the North end of Moel Siabod sits beneath cold, unsettled clouds; fresh snow appears to have fallen and I'm not sure I've made the right decision to tackle this new territory.

Afon Llugwy

Afon Llugwy

I inherited Poucher's Welsh Peaks and I am using this book as a guide to the walk. Crossing the bridge over Cyfyng Falls, I can now head for the hills, having spent a little while walking down the road. The river level is very low.


Riverside Walk

There is a short walk along the river before climbing up through some old quarry workings near Pont-Cyfnyg.

Moel Siabod

The Way Forward

This is still the North end of Moel Siabod, the top not in view for some time. For English readers, try "Murl Shai-Bad", that's my interpretation of how I've heard it said by locals.


"Sheet of Water"

I'd like to suggest that any such expanse of water in Lakeland would have a name, it's much bigger than Innominate Tarn, but maps and the guidebook offer no name. The path can be seen on the right-hand side of the water.

Mountain Animal

Mountain Goat

Trial Hole

Mountain Hole

Strange...I went to have a closer look and apart from a trickle of water eminating from the hole, there was a dull humming noise. There was no noticeable breeze and no echo in the hole, so I'm puzzled by it.


Quarry Area

Quarry Hole

Flooded Quarry

Llyn Foel

Llyn Foel

Whilst I'd been examining the quarry area, the weather had been brightening up. This is a typical mountain corrie with a steep headwall. My ascent route goes over the low ground to the left, in line with Poucher's book, but I'm sure scramblers could make a more direct approach to the summit.

Snow Shower

As I was gaining height, a wintry shower came over the mountain, so I wrapped up and sat tight for 15 minutes.



Moel Siabod

Moel Siabod Summit

Moel Siabod

The North Top

Snowdon and the Glyders

Snowdon and The Glyders

Mountain View

A View to the West

Moel Siabod

Looking Back to the Summit

I had a walk down the summit ridge, overlooking Llyn Foel. Soon enough I would be taking the direct descent to Capel Cruig.

Llynnau Mymbyr

Llynnau Mymbyr

The descent path slants down the fell side to the twin lakes of Llynnau Mymbyr, which are close to Capel Curig.


Twin Stiles

Llynnau Mymbyr and Snowdon

Llynnau Mymbyr and Snowdon

Moel Siabod

Moel Siabod - in the afternoon

My decision to chance the weather was rewarded with fine views as the walk and day progressed.

Walkers: Just Me

Time taken: 5hrs 50 minutes, over a distance of approx. 7 miles. Moel Siabod is 2860ft asl., with the walk requiring about 2400ft of ascent.

Route: Capel Curig, down Afon Llugwy to the next road bridge, up the quarry path to Llyn Foel and around the back (South) side of Moel Siabod to the summit. Direct route down the flank back to Plas-y-Brenin and Capel Curig.

Weather and conditions: Cold and showery to start and getting better all the way.

Greetings Count: No one until the summit, where others started appearing from all directions.

Richard's Refreshment Review: Can of pop and biscuit from the stone-faced guy at Pinnacle Stores, Capel Curig. A bit of a smile and a little eye contact can go a long way. I'll be avoiding this place in future.

Take me back to the start ....

Take me home....


All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2010 ©