"You're better off living in a hole looking at a palace than living in the palace looking at the hole" - Carl Pilkington, An Idiot Abroad. Moel Eilio is the perfect example of this... except of course that' it's not a 'hole' at all but really rather pretty. Situated on the edge of Snowdonia, its summit views encompass neighbouring Snowdon, round past the stunning skyline of the Nantlle Ridge and Mynydd Mawr to the Irish Sea. Further to the north, Anglesey stretches out far below until you come back round to distant views of the Carneddau and the Glyderau. So whilst the hill barely makes it to mountain status the outlook across the palatial grandeur of Northern Snowdonia is unrivalled. From the summit of Moel Eilio, it's worth traversing the range all the way to Moel Cynghorion.
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Distance: 10.31 miles (16.60 km)
Total ascent: 965m
Time: 5 – 7 hours (Walking)
Lakeside car park in Llanberis, SH577605
A variety of tarmac, rough tracks and grassy ridge lines. The final section of Cwm Bwrynog is boggy. It can be avoided, but it is so short-lived and you are so close to the end of the day it is worth the risk of damp feet.
The circuit is reasonably low altitude, and only in the coldest of winters will the summit ridges be frozen snow and ice. In those conditions an ice axe and crampons are required.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Snowdonia – Met Office: Snowdonia
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by Mark Reeves