When it comes to half day outings in Snowdonia, the ascent of Moel Siabod via the ridges that enclose Cwm y Foel is up there with the very best. Falling short of 3000er status by a measly 140ft, Siabod is often less crowded than the headline grabbing giants across the valley. However, make no mistake, old Siabod rewards those who visit him with some fantastic scrambling and possibly the finest view in the whole of Wales. When time is short, summer or winter, Moel Siabod is quite simply ‘the’ place to be.
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Distance: 5.75 miles (9.25 km)
Total ascent: 742m
Steepest Gradient: 49% (1 in 2)
Time: 4 – 5:30 hours (Walking)
The large, free car park at Bryn Glo just beyond Pont y Cyfyng on the A5, SH735571
Metalled road, grassy cart track, good paths and a boggy cwm lead to sections of avoidable grade 1 scrambling. The rock on both ridges offers superb friction in dry weather but can be very slippery in the wet.
Taken at its most direct the Daear Ddu Ridge just about qualifies as a grade I winter climb.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Snowdonia – Met Office: Snowdonia
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