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The view from afar - Moel Eilio and Snowdon's outliers

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Snowdonia in Gwynedd, Wales, about 11.05km (6.87 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 635m (2083ft)
Loss 633m (2076ft)
Max. Elevation 670m (2198ft)
Elevation (total) 1268m (4159ft)
Start & End
Llanberis
Distance 11.05km
(6.87mi)
Duration ~5:00
Difficulty  
Moderate
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 16 Oct 2008
Snowdon is a fine looking mountain, standing proud among the surrounding peaks. To best appreciate the scale and shape of Wales' highest summit, you need to see it from a nearby vantage point. This walk takes you over three of Snowdon's outlying peaks with some of the best views you will find. It's no short stroll either - a climb of nearly 600m from Llanberis to Moel Eilio. The walk starts and finishes in Llanberis, which can be reached via the Snowdon Sherpa bus network.

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Waypoints

OS Grid SH578603
From the centre of Llanberis, follow signs to the Youth Hostel. Carry on past the hostel for about 300m, then take the footpath heading onto the steep ground.
Towards Moel Eilio About 2.16 km (~1.34 miles) from
OS Grid SH566586
Once out onto clear ground, the route is simple as it follows the line of the hill. You will pass two ancient hut circles on the way, with great views of the cliffs between Moel Eilio and Foel Gron.
Moel Eilio About 1.59 km (~0.99 miles) from
OS Grid SH555573
The summit! Climbing over, it's now a classic hilltop walk, with views across to Cwm Clogwyn and Yr Wyddfa, the peak more commonly known as Snowdon (outside Wales at least).
Foel Gron About 1.14 km (~0.71 miles) from
OS Grid SH564566
From Moel Eilio, stick to the ridge above Cwm Dwythwch to Foel Gron.
Foel Goch About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid SH570563
Stay on the ridge to Foel Goch. This is where you will get the best views of Snowdon; look for the Snowdon Ranger Path winding its way towards the Clogwyn Du'r Arddu ridge. From the summit, drop down the steep slope into the valley.
Moel Cynghorion About 1.64 km (~1.02 miles) from
OS Grid SH586564
From the valley, there is a bridleway heading back to Llanberis, but it would be rude to leave out the last summit this side of Snowdon. It's an easy climb up to Moel Cynghorion, where you can watch the crowds trudge up the Llanberis path or taking the easy option on the train.
Maesgwyn valley About 1.21 km (~0.75 miles) from
OS Grid SH578573
You'll need to pick your way down from the summit, taking care through the outcrops into the Maesgwyn valley where you can pick up the bridleway.
Ceunant Bach About 1.60 km (~0.99 miles) from
OS Grid SH579588
The bridleway crosses the Snowdon railway as it makes its way back to LLanberis.
Llanberis again About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
OS Grid SH579599
Back into town, where you can take your pick of walker-friendly pubs and cafes; Pete's Eats is the most popular spot for outdoors types, right in the town centre.

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