Llantysilio Mountain is the collective name for a series of fine hills which run westwards from the top of the Horseshoe Pass. There are several options with regard to how you approach these hills. The least strenuous takes advantage of the 417m height of the Horseshoe Pass as a starting point. Purists, wishing for an altogether more challenging day will, of course, want to approach from the tiny hamlet of Rhewl which sits at a much lower level just above the River Dee to the south. Either way, you can expect an exhilarating day out with some truly fantastic views.
The main peaks are Moel y Faen (548m), Moel y Gamelan (577m), Moel y Gaer (504m) and Moel Morfydd (549m). Connecting these hills is a well used path with some steep sections, such as the drop off Moel y Gamelan, which will pound your knees or put a burn in your thighs, depending on which direction you are travelling!
The summit of Moel y Gaer is ringed by the remains of an ancient hill fort, while Moel Morfydd has a trig point. If you are doing a circular walk (from and then back to the top of Horseshoe Pass you can connect up with a section of the Clwydian Way before continuing eastwards past the disused Moel-y-faen Quarries.
There is plenty of parking space by the Ponderosa Café at the top of the Horseshoe Pass. There is also parking near the chapel in Rhewl.
Mostly good tracks and footpaths, although variable in places.
Safety & Access
Enjoy the Mountains Safely. Here are a few words of advice from Snowdonia’s Mountain Safe Partnership.
1. Prepare Well
have the right equipment with you for the best and worst-case scenario! You’ll need a map and compass, torch, food and drink, whistle, first aid kit and a fully charged mobile phone.
2. Have the latest weather and ground information.
Check the Met Office Mountain Weather forecast for Snowdonia before you set out and be prepared to turn back if the weather worsens – the mountains will still be here for you to enjoy the next time you visit.
3. Dress appropriately
the weather and temperature can change dramatically between the foot of the mountain and the summit. You’ll need strong walking boots, several layers of clothing including warm ones, gloves, a hat and waterproof jacket and trousers.
4. Know where you're going
Plan your route before setting off and ask for local advice. Have a map and compass and know how to use them and choose a route which is suitable for you and your group’s experience and fitness level. Find out how long it should take and when it gets dark.
5. Know your limits
whilst being very enjoyable, getting out into the mountains can be hard work – challenge yourself but be aware of the fitness levels, and experience of the group as a whole – not just your own.
The publisher of this website accepts no responsibility for the way in which readers use the information contained therein. The descriptions and recommendations are for guidance only and must be subject to discriminating judgement by the reader. Advice and training should be sought before utilising any equipment or techniques mentioned within the text or shown in any of the photographic images.
Hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.