Foel Goch (a Welsh Marilyn) and Moel Emoel

A high level walk over rolling moorland to the east of the Arenigs taking in the Marilyn of Foel Goch along with the subsidiary hills of Orddu, Garnedd Fawr and Moel Emoel


10 December 2023

No dogs allowed

The walk starts from the minor road that runs NNW of Cefn-ddwysarn on the A494. There is (very) limited roadside parking. From Pandy, another minor road runs to a farm where we pick up a track to the stream of Nant Cwm-da. A footpath follows the stream, crossing it twice before we leave the path for a short climb to our first top, Orrdu (555m). Heading west along a boundary line, another 1km of rough and potentially boggy ground brings us to the main summit and Marylin of Foel Goch (611m). Continuing further westwards along the watershed (hint – may be boggy!), we reach the cairn on Garnedd Fawr (569m). From here we descend S and SW to join a path that bypasses another minor top of Pen y Bwlch Gwyn before we head SSE directly off path to the summit of Moel Emoel (549m). From here a pathless descent NE to the Nant Cefn-coch leads us to a track and then a minor road which we follow back to the cars..

Footpaths, tracks and roads with long sections off piste on potentially boggy ground (as normal in a go4awalk hike). Stream crossings (without bridges)
Explorer OL18 Harlech, Porthmadog and Bala
Starting Point:
Layby on minor road NNW of Cefn-ddwysarn LL23 7HE GR SH962394
Walk Starts:
Walk Finishes:
Highest Point:
611m Foel Goch


Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment and safety information

Remember you are responsible for being properly equipped

Ensure you have the walk leader’s phone number in case of an emergency

If you become detached from the group STOP, call out; try contacting group by phone or text. If no contact return to the last place you were with the group. Wait 30 mins repeatedly trying to make contact. After 30 mins seek help and/or make your own way safely.

The Google map below is the location of the walk start point.