Hill: Moel Siabod
Date: Sunday 23rd October 2011
Company: Just myself
Time: 4Hrs 50Mins

Another poor MWIS forecast for today – 75 mpg gusts! At breakfast time, the rain was chucking it down. Therefore, instead of hillwalking I started watching the Rugby final. By half-time, the rain had stopped and the cloud was starting to lift, so I abandoned watching the rugby to climb another hill .

I didn't fancy waiting around an hour or so for the next Snowdon Sherpa bus, so I set off walking from the Swallow Falls.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

The two mile walk along the road from Swallow Falls to Pont Cyfyng was quite interesting.
I was quite impressed with the stonework used to build the Ugly House .

The Ugly House:

Looking towards Moel Siabod:

Pont Cyfyng was a pleasant surprise – a really nice series of small waterfalls below an old bridge.

Pont Cyfyng:

I turned off the main road at Pont Cyfyng and after a hundred metres or so took the steep road with a walkers sign for “Moel Siabod”.

Road towards Moel Siabod from Pont Cyfyng:

After a few hundred metres, I left the steep road to follow the footpath shown in the next photo. There is writing on the road advising to take the footpath and that the road is “Private”.

Start of footpath leading towards Moel Siabod:

Looking back towards Swallow Falls:

It was nice to see across to Pen Llithrig y Wrach and Creigiau Gleision. I ascended these hills two days previous.

Pen Llithrig y Wrach and Creigiau Gleision (zoomed):

Moel Siabod:

I thought today that I might have this hill to myself. I was completely wrong – there were lots of walkers ascending Moel Siabod today.

Looking back to lochan:

A short distance beyond the first lochan are a couple of large mounds of slate.

Slate piles:

Beyond the mounds of slate is a really nice pool that has two waterfalls flowing into it.

Nice pool:

The next section was quite wet underfoot. The Daear Ddu ridge looked quite impressive from a distance.

Daear Ddu ridge:

Looking back to Llyn y Foel:

I felt that today was too wet and windy to stick to the Daear Ddu ridge. There is however a good easy path that ascends to the left side of the Daear Ddu ridge.

Ascending parallel to the Daear Ddu ridge:

Ascending Moel Siabod:

During the ascent, I thought it funny to see a guy walking a white poodle up the hill. The white poodle was more muddy-brown than white.

Ascending Moel Siabod:

Unfortunately, the summit was in cloud, so no views from the summit!

Approaching summit area of Moel Siabod:

Approaching the summit trig point:

Summit trig point:

I had a seat in the shelter for a while, hoping the cloud would lift or clear, but it didn't.

Large summit shelter:

Looking across to the summit from the windshelter:

At the summit, I wondered if I could undertake a traverse of Moel Siabod instead of returning the same way. I had a good look at the map and opted to descend towards the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel – I knew that I could catch the Snowdon Sherpa bus from there back to the Swallow Falls. The descent of Moel Gid was via nice and easy grassy slopes.

Descending Moel Gid:

Looking back to Moel Siabod:

Approaching Clogwyn Bwlch-y-maen:

Llynau Diwaunedd:

Looking back to Moel Siabod:

By now, the cloud level had lifted sufficiently for not only Moel Siabod to be clear but also Snowdon.

Looking across to Snowdon:

Looking across to the Glyders:

I followed a faint track leading towards a gate, a few hundred metres South of the hotel.

Descending towards Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel:

I was well impressed with the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel. Friendly staff and good Guinness. Reminded me of the Clachaig – a real walkers/climbers pub. (Wish I'd stayed at this hotel instead of the Swallow Falls)

Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel:

Quality Guinness in the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel:

I caught the S2 Snowdon Sherpa bus back to the Swallow Falls.

Three good days in Snowdonia. The weather didn't allow for my Plan A walks, but the Plan B walks were also very enjoyable. When can I go back?