M is for Moel Siabod

Moel Siabod was the first mountain I climbed when I first arrived to begin my course at Bangor University in September 2014.

The path up Moel Siabod

Moel Siabod stands isolated from the other mountains of Snowdonia, separated from the Glyderau by the Mymbyr Valley, while the Moelwynion range rises up further to the south.

Looking over the Moelwynion range

The lower plains of the mountain bare the hallmarks of old Welsh slate industry. Old stone mine buildings lie abandoned and vast slate piles litter the pathway up the mountain.

Despite being abandoned near 100 years ago these mine are still a prominent feature of the Welsh countryside


Halfway up the mountain is the lake Llyn-y-foel, a lake with origins in Welsh mythology, above the lake is the 800ft Daear Ddu ridge which forms the main pathway onto the summit.

Llyn-y-foel under the sun
Daear Ddu
Looking over the Ox’s eye

The prize of Moel Siabod however is the view from the summit, from its peak you can see almost the entirety of Northern Snowdonia.

The Snowdon Massif
Southern Snowdonia
Looking to the Nantlle Ridge and Moel Hebog
The dragon-back of Tryfan pokes above the Glyders
The foothills of the Carneddau
Looking to Pen Lithrig y Wrach and Creigiau Gleision

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