Moel y Gest

Mountain & Hill Walks

Moel y Gest | ©Si Panton

Moel y Gest

Mountain & Hill Walks

This attractive hill sits above the town of Porthmadog on the edge of the estuary. The path is quite steep in places; indeed, following it requires more than a little exertion! Nonetheless the reward for reaching the summit is a spectacular, panoramic view, taking in both the Snowdonia mountains and the Lleyn Peninsula to the south west.

Keep an eye out for the choughs, peregrines and ravens which nest in the old quarry on the north side of the hill.


Park at a small layby close to a petrol garage (just inside the 30mph limit signs) on the A497 Porthmadog - Criccieth road. A track leads up from
the layby and turns into an old quarry on the left. Ignore this turning and continue rightwards on the path, crossing a stile, then following the path steeply up through the trees and
out onto the broad ridge leading up to the summit of the hill.


Good paths, but steep in places with some rocky sections requiring some easy scrambling.

Safety & Access
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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.


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