A rather splendid mountain with a surprising amount character and fantastic views of the surrounding upland of Snowdonia. The vista across to the Snowdon massif is particularly fetching. From the north Moel Siabod presents a rounded, almost featureless form, not to dissimilar to a beached whale. Yet from the south east ragged cliffs and spiky ridges dominate and an altogether more interesting topography is revealed. It is most commonly approached from Capel Curig but Dolwyddelan, situated to the south, is arguably a more logical base camp, especially if you want to do a circular walk taking in Carnedd y Cribau to the west.
The Daer Ddu ridge on the south east side of the summit is a popular route but it does involve some grade 1 scrambling; albeit friendly in nature; it is certainly less of a challenge than other classic grade one scrambles in Snowdonia. Those wishing to avoid the scramble approach can come up via the north east ridge.
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.
Start from Pont Cyfyng in Capel Curig or from the crossroads in Dolwyddelan. Adequate parking is available nearby both locations.
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.