Moel Siabod (Welsh Marilyn)

This is a favourite walk of the Club. As an isolated peak it is true Welsh Marilyn. From its summit you can view 13 of the 14 highest peaks in Wales.


2 April 2023

No dogs allowed


Do not walk if you are feeling unwell. Carry your own hand sanitiser. In case of an emergency ensure you have with you a face mask and first aid pack.
Inevitably, the route will go through gates and over stiles that other people will have touched. It may have narrow sections that mean you will be passing close to other people.

The ascent of Moel Siabod starts from a car park on the A5 just a few miles west of Betws-y-Coed. We cross the Afon Llugwy then ascend a steep but good path for about a kilometre. 

The ascent is much easier now still on a good path as we approach several small lakes and disused mine workings. As we gain height the track becomes much rougher . The path deteriorates further over uneven and boggy ground until we start the main ascent to the summit of Moel Siabod by the south east ridge. There is an obvious path though it is steep, continuous and involves some easy scrambling. It may well be greasy but no exposure. By this route we gain the final 300m ascent to the summit of Moel Siabod at 872m.

On a good day the views over the rest of Snowdonia can be wonderful.

We now descend by an obvious path back towards Capel Curig but stay on the south side of the Afon Llugwy, with an easy stroll through woods and taking in  some delightful waterfalls on the way to the car park.

Meeting Time:
Meeting Place:
At walk start point
Walk Starts:
Walk Finishes:
Duration (incl stops):
Highest Point:
Moel Siabod 872m
Uneven stony paths, easy scrambling over steep ground, likely greasy, boggy sections, good paths to start and finish
Explorer OL17/18
Starting Point:
Car park at GR735572 Postcode (nearest) LL24 0DT Free Car park on right as you travel west on A5, cafe beside


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.