This Moel Hebog Walking Loop takes in the cave of Welsh legend Owain Glyndwr, miles of enchanting forest trails and incredible views over the Irish Sea from the summit.
Distance 5.6 miles
Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Ascent 2,825ft
Summits Moel Yr Ogof, Moel Hebog
Views Llyn Cwmystradllyn, the Irish Sea, the Snowdon Horseshoe & lots more…
1. The first couple of miles of this walk is an enjoyable wander across the valley floor and up through some pretty magical forest. It’s nice to have this scenery with fairly level trails to warm up the legs for the mountains.
2. The cave of Welsh legend Owain Glyndwr is a great little gem to discover. Reputed to be where Owain stored food and weapons during rebellion days, although small the cave definitely takes some of the forest magic from below and adds a sense of isolation. The view of Moel Hebog summit is special from here.
3. Timing this loop to arrive at Hebog’s summit just before sunset usually gives a crowning glory to the loop. The views inland towards Snowdon itself are fantastic, with the golden sun hitting the horseshoe in perfect sync. Turning 180 degrees is the real highlight though, over the Llyn Pensinula out to the Irish Sea.
4. The descent back down to Beddgelert pretty comfy in dusk and even dark. The village is clearly lit when there’s no cloud and in adverse conditions we keep the ridge drop on our right knowing it will eventually snake down to the valley trail.