My first trip the the summit of Moel Eilio, a nice relaxing walk this one, with an elevation of 72 m (2,382 ft) it might not be the highest peak in Snowdonia but it does offer some stunning views of countless peaks across several mountain ranges. I started the trip from the Snowdon Ranger car park on the A4085, although I believe there is also a nice route from a camp site at Llanberis?
Down below is Llyn Cwellyn and above that the summit of Mynydd Mawr, known locally as Elephant Mountain.
The Snowdon Ranger route looks a lot different from when I last done it, some sections of the path were just mud and a ditch back then, the National Trust guys where working on it adding gravel as I was there. Snowdons summit can be seen ahead. Today I took a left in the direction of the blue arrow, heading directly north, the remains of two telegraph poles can offer a guide although if you carry on along this main path for about 300yds there is an actual path on the left.
A view south from approx SH570558, Moel Hebog in the distance
From here my route towards Moel Eilio is on the left with the first peak being an ascent of 140m to Foel Goch, on my right is Moel Cynghorion, the path along Bwlch Maesgwm leads towards Llanberis and is a popular route for runners, in the distance above the waste tips of Dinorwic Quarry is Elider Fawr
Third shot from the area of SH570558, this time looking east by south east towards the summit of Snowdon
Heading along the ridge walk now with a view from Foel Goch 1,985ft towards Foel Gron, with an elevation of 2,064 ft this is the 159th highest peak in Wales. The not so well trodden route drops down about 80m, as you can see its grassy and much easier on the feet compared to some of the harsher terrain you can find yourself on in this area. By chance a small group came into shot at the top of the peak just as i took this.
From Foel Gron this is a great view of the Moel Eilio Horseshoe walk.
Not far from the summit this dry stone wall is clearly marked on the OS map 26m below the summit
Some wonderful Snowdonia peaks can be seen here, Moel Hebog on the left in the distance followed by the fantastic Nanttle Ridge and Mynydd Mawr towards the right of the picture.
The cairn at the summit, as seen above, must be one of the largest I have seen, its hollowed out on one side for a shelter. A Bronze Age burial cairn, the view from here is great, Anglesey and the Menai Straits can be seen here.
This is a nice view to the south west, the woodland next to Llyn Cwellyn on the left is where the car was parked
Dog gate, all the hours I've spent all over Snowdonia and I have never seen one of these before
Looking back along the ridge
From there I dropped back down to Bwlch Maesgwm and from the path seen early in the post now I headed up towards Moel Cynghorion along this gentle slop
The summit of Moel Cynghorion, not the largest carin, with an elevation of 674m (2,211ft) this is the 111th highest peak in Wales and the most easterly peak on the Moel Eilio Horseshoe walk.
From there I had planned to press onto Snowdon for the sunset, but this was one of the hotest days of the year and I can admit I was drained, so for the second time today it was an about turn and back to the car.
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