Moel Siabod via Daear Ddu ridge
Saturday 18th August 2018
Information below may be incomplete or subject to change.
Start Time
Estimated Finish Time
7 miles
Jessica McCombie
Contact Details
or 07875 951401
Start Point and Parking
Bryn Glo car park (tea room/coffee shop), just off the A5 near Pont Cyfyng (free parking).
LL24 0DT
Not available.
Grid Location
General Location
Snowdonia, 1 h 45 minutes from Shrewsbury
Packed Lunch?
Pub/Tea Shop
At end
Car Sharing
8:30am at "Dobbies" services (A5/A49 junction), south of Shrewsbury, in the Little Chef car park
Public Transport
Walk Summary
From the car park we start with a steady ascent initially on a farm track across moorland and then a small path to Llyn-y-Foel, taking in the abandoned slate quarries on the way. Once we have negotiated the bog around the lake, we will begin the scramble up the Daear Ddu ridge, which forms the southern ascent to the summit.

This scramble is listed as 'grade 1-' in the guide books. Grade 1 scrambles are suitable for people who have experience walking in mountainous terrain, and don't mind putting their hands on rock. Daear Ddu is described as simple scrambling with a wide open feel. The scramble up Daear Ddu ridge has a number of possible route choices, depending on what people are comfortable with and any difficulties can be avoided if needed.

From the summit we will descend down north-northeast down the established 'tourist' path towards Plas Y Brenin (the National Mountain Centre). We can stop for refreshments at the Bar at Plas Y Brenin, or in Capel Curig, before taking easy forest tracks back to the car park.

If you are unsure as to whether this walk is suitable for you please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.
Mountainous, uneven ground with lots of rocky ground and some bits of boggy ground.
Moorland track, small footpaths, bog, grade 1 scramble, established mountain footpath, tracks through woodland.
831 m
Highest Point
Moel Siabod summit 872 m
Additional Info
This is a high level mountainous walk/scramble, therefore please come equipped for all weather conditions. Weather conditions in the mountains can change rapidly and be considerable colder than in the valley.

You will need a good waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers, at least one extra warm layer, hat, gloves, sufficient food and water for the day, along with personal first aid kit and medication. Cotton clothing/jeans are not suitable for this walk.

Walking boots with a good grippy sole and tread are essential, preferably with a stiffer sole. Gloves can be useful to reduce wear and tear on hands, particularly in the wet.

Walking poles would be useful for the descent if you are used to using them, but will be a hindrance on the ascent so you would need to be prepared to carry them on your rucksack for the ascent.