Our first (and only) visit to Moel Eilio was in March this year (see post #121) – the photos of the day show rolling green hills with the last remnants of winter snow, and no hint at all of the blizzards that were to hit North Wales two weeks later. The views from the summit ridge were fantastic, and I knew we would return again and again ….
From below, Moel Eilio is a fairly unremarkable grassy lump, though if you know what you are looking for, the views of Moel Eilio from the road near Deiniolen promise great things. One thing for certain, though – the way to the summit involves a lot of ‘Up’!”
All that ‘up’ is worth it – if Moel Eilio doesn’t appear very interesting from immediately below, the views from the summit are stunning.
If the views are easy on the eye, the walking is easy on the legs, with a broad grassy switchback of a ridge leading off south. The crowded summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) is about 6 kms (3¾ miles) away in a straight line, but these hills are comparatively deserted. The easy terrain underfoot makes for fast progress, and the ridge is very popular with hill-runners.
Then, suddenly, it’s all over. The last bit of ‘up’ to the summit of Foel Goch is followed by a short descent to a bwlch (pass) and even easier walking on a good bridlepath.
Great views, good walking, what’s not to like! – I can see that Moel Eilio is going to be one of our regular trips.
Text and images © Paul Shorrock