logo Walking Britain

Snowdonia Walk
Moel Hebog, Moel yr Ogof & Moel Lefn from Beddgelert

Nat Park - Snowdonia - Moel Hebog Nantlle Ridge

County/Area - Gwynedd

Author - Nick O'Brien

Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km    Ascent - 3450 feet / 1045 metres

Time - 6 hours 40 minutes    Grade - mod/hard

Start - OS grid reference SH587481
Lat 53.011504 // Long -4.107565
Postcode LL55 4YJ (approx. location only)
what3words start claim.replaying.trim

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer OL17Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer OL17Digital Map1:25kBUY
Ordnance Survey Landranger 115Sheet Map1:50kBUY
Anquet OS Landranger 115Digital Map1:50kBUY

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Moel Hebog, Moel yr Ogof & Moel Lefn from Beddgelert

The village of Beddgelert is a popular starting place for walks onto Moel Hebog (782 m.), which rises to the west of the village. Starting at a very low altitude this walk offers great climbing, fantastic views and has a mysterious charm. However it involves some serious mountain terrain and should not be taken lightly. There is a large car park (grid ref. SH587481). The start (Grid ref. 585483) for this Snowdonia walk is on the A4085 Beddgelert to Caernarfon road about 500 metres from the road junction in the centre of the village.

Cross the bridge over the river and follow the track past a couple of farmhouses and through woods to reach a barn (Grid ref. 581479). Immediately after the barn there is a gate. Go through this and follow the path, which is reasonably well defined and has route markers at low level.

After a short distance from the barn the climbing starts and it is a steep pull all the way to the summit of Moel Hebog. The path continues on an ill-defined ridge and continues to the left of the spectacular crags, Y Diffws, after which there is some light scrambling. Looking back you get a superb view of Snowdon together with terrific views to Beddgelert and the Dinas Valley.

The path becomes rocky and is marked by piles of stones. This section leads to a grassy shoulder which in turn leads to another short rocky section and the summit plateau. Most of the ascent is now complete and you can enjoy the views. Snowdon is well known but some lesser known peaks to the north are also worthy of your attention, including namely Mynydd Drws-y-coed. In addition Mynydd Graig Goch at the western end of the Nantlle ridge is also prominent.

From the summit of Moel Hebog the next leg of the walk heads north following the wall down towards and impressive rock formation at the foot of Moel yr Ogof. From here it is a short but steep climb to the top of Moel yr Ogof. This peak has strong connections with Owain Glyndwr who is reported as using a cave as a hiding place.

Leaving Moel yr Ogof head north again descending to a col before climbing once more onto the summit of Moel Lefn, which provides a suitable place for a rest. It is also worth spending a few minutes examining the forest on the eastern slopes as this will be used for the descent.

Descend east towards the woodland and pick up either the track or a combination of tracks and paths that lead down through the woods to the campsite (Grid ref. SH577491). Care is needed as some of the tracks lead to dead ends so it is worth taking your time with navigation. Continue through the campsite to the road and walk the short distance back to the starting point. From the road you get stunning views of Moel Hebog on your right.



Other walks nearby

Walk 2150 Llyn Dinas and Cwm Bychan from Beddgelert - easy/mod - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

Walk 1799 Moel Hebog from Beddgelert - moderate - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

Walk 1988 Beddgelert, Moel Hebog, Meol yr Ogof & Moel Lefn - mod/hard - 6.8 miles/11 km

Walk 3074 Mynydd Sygun from Beddgelert - moderate - 4.5 miles/7.3 km

Walk 3231 Moel Hebog, Meol yr Ogof and Moel Lefn from Beddgelert - mod/hard - 6.8 miles/11 km

Walk 1426 Aberglaslyn and Cwm Bychan from Beddgelert - easy/mod - 5.8 miles/9.3 km

Walk 1427 Craflwyn circular, near Beddgelert - easy/mod - 2.5 miles/4.1 km

Walk 3058 Llyn yr Adar & Llyn Edno - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km

Walk 1192 Yr Aran from Bethania (Route A) - mod/hard - 6.5 miles/10.6 km

Walk 1103 Snowdon & Cwm Llan horseshoe - very hard - 13.0 miles/21.1 km

Recommended Books & eBooks

The Wales Coast Path

The Wales Coast PathA single guidebook to walking the whole Wales Coast Path - 1400km (870 miles) the length of Wales from Chester to Chepstow, including Anglesey, described in 57 stages. The route passes through the Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire National Parks and many AONBs and can be linked with the Offa's Dyke Path for a complete circuit of Wales.
More information

The Ceredigion and Snowdonia Coast Paths

The Ceredigion and Snowdonia Coast PathsA walking guidebook to the Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trails, plus the Tabular Hills Walk. Crossing the North York Moors National Park, coastal scenery and quiet countryside, the three routes can be joined to create an easy circular route of over 250 miles (400km). Includes a 1:25,000 scale OS map booklet of the Cleveland Way.
More information

Navigation

NavigationThis pocket handbook to navigation will help you master the necessary map and compass skills for mountain walking. Chapters include map scales, symbols and contours, grid references, map reading, bearings, route planning and night and bad-weather navigation, as well as navigating with a GPS.
More information

Social Media

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news.

Facebook Twitter

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.

Digital Mapping Guide

Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. Includes advice and useful links.