HILL, DALES AND MOUNTAIN HIKING

27th October 2008: Moel Hebog    Web page by Bryan Benn

Start/Finish: Beddgelert

Highest point: Summit of Moel Hebog, 782m

Distance: circa 10 kms

Weather: Fine

Vertical altitude gain: circa 790 m

Time: 5 hrs 20 mins

Moel Hebog Our warm up walk on the previous day had hopefully left plenty of energy for a climb of Moel Hebog. The mountain that overlooks Beddgelert, and was photograohed here from just up the road at the Craflwyn National Trust Centre.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 Rainbow over Beddgelert

The weather was still wet, but much colder. With some sun around giving a well deserved pot of gold for someone in the lovely village of Beddgelert, just before we started walking.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 continued Moel Hebog

A view of Moel Hebog from the main road through Beddgelert.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 Views on track from Beddgelert to Moel Hebog Views on track from Beddgelert to Moel Hebog Views on track from Beddgelert to Moel Hebog Views on track from Beddgelert to Moel Hebog

We headed out from Beddgelert through farms and open countryside. Gaining height only slowly to start with.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 Climb to Moel Hebog Climb to Moel Hebog

But before long we were onto steep rocky sections in weather that was getting yet colder, with sleet and hail showers blowing in on a stiff wind.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 View from Moel Hebog Climb

As usual, the benefit from gaining height quite fast was an improving view. Here back down to Beddgelert.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 Moel Hebog climb

From the nice view back to more steep rocky sections!

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 View from Climb to Moel Hebog

But each steep rocky section warranted a short break. Long enough to enjoy the view of this lovely part of Snowdonia.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 continued Moel Hebog climb

As we headed up the terrain became more difficult. Some sections needing a little scrambling. On one such section I did manage to slip on the wet rocks, sustaining bruising to leg and pride!

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 Moel Hebog climb

Snowdon lady stops for a short break to plan the way up the next steep section: a path not being too obvious all the way on this route up Moel Hebog.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 View from near top of Moel Hebog

Looking South as we continued climbing was great view between mountains down towards Porthmadog and the sea.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 Snowdon Lady on Moel Hebog, with Beddgelert behind.

Snowdon Lady stops to pose for a photo on the climb, with Beddgelert now some way below us.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 Moel Hebog climb

After the photos it was back to the serious business of getting to the top of Moel Hebog!

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 Near summit of Moel Hebog

The wind was increasing and the hail and sleet becoming a little more frequent as we got over the top of the steep rocky sections to find a gentle stroll to the summit in front of us.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 Summit of Moel Hebog

It was cold and very windy on the summit of Moel Hebog. So we stood by the trig point for a very short time, before heading off down in a NW direction.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 View NW from Moel Hebog

The descent from Moel Hebog to the NW was steep. And looked down, near left, the otehr two Moels, Moel Ogof and Moel Lefn.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 Near Bwlch Meillionen

We headed down hill to near Bwlch Meillionen, from where we would turn almost East and head downhill towards Beddgelert Forest.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 Track down from Bwlch Meillionen Track down from Bwlch Meillionen

We only skirted the edge of Beddgelert Forest as we descended. Our route generally heading downhill in an Easterly direction back to our Beddgelert starting point.

Moel Hebog, 27th Oct 2008 Welsh Highland Railway train at Beddgelert

We'd had a great walk up and over Moel Hebog. And as if by way of greeting a photo train on the yet to be publicly opened extension of the Welsh Highland Railway was waiting in Beddgelert station as we headed back towards the lovely village.