Moel Tryfan, Snowdonia National Park Walks In Gwynedd, Wales, UK
Moel Tryfan walk was short at about 2.75 miles in distance. The terrain of this route included paths, tracks and quiet lanes. There was one steep ascent and descent and care needed to be taken on the summit and around the quarry due to drops off the rocks. There were no stiles to negotiate.
Moel Tryfan has the same name as the famous Tryfan mountain at 3,000 feet in the Ogwen Valley. Contrasting to the tall mountain, Moel Tryfan is a less strenuous family route at 1,400 feet high.
This is a nice short walk to a rocky Welsh summit that provides magnificent views of many of the taller summits of the Snowdonia mountain range. The fell is designated a Site Of Special Scientific Interest due to the contentious geological findings described on the information plaque at the summit.
Starting from the lane by Rhosgadfan school, leg one zigzagged its way south on lanes to a fork in the lane. Leg two headed south east by lane and track to the base of Moel Tryfan.
Leg three headed south east up a hill path to Moel Tryfan summit. Leg 4 headed south down a hill path before turning north west on a gully path to a lane. To complete the walk the fifth and final leg headed north west then north along lanes back to the start.
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Moel Tryfan Route
The Moel Tryfan route was circular in a clockwise direction with five short legs.
On this first leg we started from the side of the lane by the school in Rhosgadfan, zigzagging our way south on lanes to a fork in the lane.
- With the school to our right, we walked south-west along the lane towards the village.
- At a lane junction we turned left uphill.
- At the next junction we went left again to climb the lane called Llwyn.
- We climb south-east through houses and curved right then left to exit the village.
- After passing through a gate by cattle grid, we continued on the lane to a point where it forked.
Having walked about 0.5 of a mile to this point, the second leg headed south east by lane and track to the base of the steep incline up Moel Tryfan.
- Here we forked left to pass a parking area/common and soon forked right.
- Walking to the left of a wall and Garegwen cottage we headed towards rubble heaps.
- Shortly after a junction on the left and a gate for the cottage on the right, we left the lane by forking left along a track.
- We walked towards the rubble heaps and passed under telegraph wires.
- At a house called Bay Hermon we curved left at junction to pass behind it.
- We then immediately went right to walk up a track to the left of the rubble heaps.
- Continuing ahead we followed a line of telegraph poles, rising gently to a path junction below an electric junction box ahead at the base of the steep incline up Moel Tryfan.
Having walked about 1 mile to this point, the third leg headed south east, ascending a hill path to the summit of Moel Tryfan.
- Continuing ahead over the path, we curved half-right to go to the right of a fenced-off area.
- We then curved back slightly left, taking to follow an obvious path uphill ahead when the track ended after the fence on the left.
- Now climbing steeply up a wide path, we continued to where the rocks on the summit came into view as the angle of the hill eased.
- As the path narrowed, we curved slightly left to go left of the summit rocks.
- We then cut to the right to the information board at the base of the rocks.
- At a break in the rocks we scrambled right through them to reach the trig point on the summit.
At about the 1.35 miles mark, the fourth leg headed south down a hill path then turned north west along a gully path to a lane.
- Leaving the summit in a southerly direction, we descended through the rocks to follow a good path towards a quarry.
- As we descended the path veered slightly to the left and just before the path enters the quarry area the path veered slightly to the right.
- In a small grassy groove, before scattered rubble, we turned right to leave the path that headed into the quarry.
- Now on a fainter path in a grassy gully we followed this path down through rubble heaps.
- After a path joined from the left further down, we continued ahead to the right of rubble heaps and descend towards the houses below.
- After the rubble heaps ended, we followed a faint path towards a derelict cottage below, passing through a field of scattered boulders.
- We continued down towards a bend in a track below.
- Continued ahead on the track we curved right to pass a footpath sign on the left to reach the start of a lane.
Having walked about 1.75 miles to this point, the fifth and final leg headed north west then northwards on lanes back to the start.
- Following this lane, we passed a graveyard on the right and the parking area/common we passed earlier on the way up.
- We picked up the outbound route and passed through the gate next to the cattle grid.
- We followed the lane curving right then left to the junction by the post box.
- We turned right downhill then right again at the next junction and back to the start.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Snowdonia hiking holiday during May 2016. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Caernarfon, Gwynedd to the starting location of Rhosgadfan, Gwynedd. We parked on the lane by the school at grid reference SH506571 which was also the start location of the hike.