Moel Cynghorion from Llyn Cwellyn
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Walk Route Description
This Snowdonia walk visits the summit of Moel Cynghorion which sees few walkers despite offering excellent views to Snowdon, the Glyders, Anglesey and across the valley to the Nantlle Ridge. The route starts from the car park by Llyn Cwellyn (grid ref. SH564551) which is located just off the A4085 Caernarfon to Beddgelert road at the foot of the Snowdon Ranger Path.
After parking cross the road, take the track opposite up to the station, bear left, cross the railway and join the Snowdon Ranger Path. Continue up to the house. Turn right and pass through the left-hand gate to join the path that zigzags up the hill to reach a gate (grid ref. SH570554). About 300 metres from the gate join a faint path on the left (grid ref. SH573553). This path heads north, trending the right of higher ground, to reach a gate. Go through this gate and, just before the next gate (grid ref. SH572559), turn right to follow a fence uphill.
The grade eases as you make progress and the summit of Moel Cynghorion is reached. There is no trig column and the large stile is probably on the summit. Ignore the stile and turn right along the fence (fence on your left). Cross a stile and continue downhill with the fence still on your left. Below is the reservoir Llyn Fynnon-y-Gwas and this should be used for maintaining the correct direction. Stay with the fence when it bends left. As you near the track below a narrow path leads off to the right down to the track.
Turn right down the Snowdon Ranger Path which is followed downhill soon reaching the point where you left the path on the outward part of the route. Continue down the zigzags back to the start.
Other walks nearby
Walk 2590 Nantlle Ridge Walk from Rhyd Ddu (Route A) - moderate - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 2797 Yr Aran and Snowdon from Rhyd-Ddu - mod/hard - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 3509 Nantlle Ridge from Rhyd Ddu (Route B) - mod/hard - 8.3 miles/13.4 km
Walk 3198 Snowdon via the South Ridge & Rhyd-ddu Path - mod/hard - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 1951 Mynydd Mawr from Rhyd-Ddu - moderate - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 2729 Snowdon by Rhyd-Ddu and Snowdon Ranger Paths - mod/hard - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 1003 Snowdon by the Llanberis Path - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 1681 Moel Eilio & Moel Cynghorion from Llanberis - mod/hard - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 3057 Moel Eilio from Llanberis - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3059 Moel Cynghorion & Snowdon - very hard - 13.5 miles/21.9 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Mountain Walking in Snowdonia
Guidebook to 40 of Snowdonia's best day walks, with routes up Snowdon and Tryfan, including the Snowdon Horseshoe, Cadair Idris, Y Garn and The Rhinogs. The routes range from Grade 1 scrambles like Crib Goch or Bristly Ridge, to riverside and forest walks. Includes details of a 2-day traverse of all 15 of Snowdonia's 3000ft peaks.
Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia
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The End to End Trail