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Moel Hebog, Moel yr Ogof & Moel Lefn from Beddgelert Walk
Author - Nick O'Brien
Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Ascent - 3450 feet / 1045 metres
Grade - mod/hard
Start - OS grid reference SH587481
Lat 53.011504 + Long -4.1075646
Postcode LL55 4YJ (approx. location only)
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.