Monday, 2 May 2011

Moel Siabod - 27/4/11

We could see Moel Siabod clearly from the window of our holiday cottage in Dolwyddelan and decided it would be great if we went up as a family.

Both my daughters already have half a dozen peaks under their belt including Snowdon. So I knew they would have no real problems with Moel Siabod I also knew the route would be going past a few Llyn's and a disused quarry so I was confident this would keep their attention.

We parked the car at Pont-Cyfyng and started the walk in good spirits, this however soon turned to when will we be stopping and how far to the top whilst we went up the steep farm track after the bridge, we soon reached a large field with a gentle ascent which was occupied by many lambs which the girls enjoyed watching jumping around. Our first stop was on the banks of the Llyn before the quarry after some fresh fruit we quickly continued to the disused quarry and explored some of the abandoned buildings then had fun creating echo's in the now water filled quarry walls.


Exploring the disused quarry
  Continuing we soon reached Llyn y Foel, and had another refreshment stop, but first we were entertained by my wife doing an impression of Monty Pythons ministry of silly walks after walking into some boggy ground. We all had a good about this. As my youngest is only 8, I decided to take the easier route to the top up the path to the left of Daear Ddu ridge, after a steady but long climb we finally came out on top and could see our goal the trig point summit. Upon reaching this the view was fantastic we could see a whole galaxy of peaks stretching out before us. The Moelwyns, Moel Hebog and its satellite peaks, Snowdon horseshoe, Glyders, Tryfan and the Carneddau. Also behind us we could see Dolwyddelan castle and village in the valley below. Most defiantly one of the best views I've had from a summit.

Family shot

Moel Siabod summit Panorama
 We stayed on the summit for while taking in the vista whilst eating lunch then set off along the broad north east ridge which involved plenty of gentle scrambling over the rocks, which we all enjoyed the girls especially and they both had big smiles on their faces throughout this ridge section.

Enjoying Moel Siabod Ridge
 It came to an end with a steep and sometimes loose descent down careful footing was was needed and we made steady progress until we again reached the field which contained the lambs from earlier in the day, following the first part of walk from earlier in the day but in reverse we were soon back at the car and heading back to look at our days adventure from the comfort of the sofa and the open fire in the cottage.

A great family day out.

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