The Moel Eilio ridge gives a decidedly tranquil circuit with great views all around. Although relatively modest in height it stills presents a pleasingly physical challenge, especially on the approach to the summit. The grassy terrain makes for a pleasant walking surface but it is quite steep in places.
The best route is a circular romp starting at the top of the narrow road running up from Llanberis to Maen Llwyd-Isaf. There is some parking space here if you don’t fancy the walk up from the village. The continuation track leads off right before a grassy path leads back left to a steep push for the summit where, weather permitting, a fine vista awaits. Stomping along the broad, undulating ridge that follows is a delightful experience guaranteed to put a smile on the face of even the most jaded visitor.
The walk can be extended with a trip up Moel Cynghorion, and if you are feeling really fit the summit of Snowdon too. Those with tired legs can trot back along the contouring path, which leads back to Maen Llwyd-Isaf.
This is mountain terrain so always Prepare Well and Know Your Limits. During the winter season, typically from late October to April, there is a high probability that snow and ice will be encountered under foot. In these conditions ice axe and crampons are essential. Click the Safety & Access button below for more info.
From Llanberis High Street a variety of routes lead up to the contour path.
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.
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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.