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Name:Moel-ddu
Hill number:2037
Height:553m / 1814ft
RHB Section:30B: Snowdonia
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Moel Hebog
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
Catchment:Glaslyn
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,5,Dew,Cm)
Grid ref:SH 57965 44213
Summit feature:cairn
Drop:198m
Col:355m  SH575449  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124
(1:25k) OL18W
Observations:top 90m SW at SH 57915 44140 is lower
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 197 users)ByDate of Ascent
Round of Moel Hebog and Moel-ddu from SW starting at tea room at Tyddin Mawr. Humid windless ascent from north, then caught heavy shower descending through waist high bracken.Topographer5702/08/2019
Parked near river and followed path along to bridge. Along the road and cut up through woodland. Enjoyed seat in log cabin on way up. Arrived in clagelizyanne22/07/2019
From Tyddyn-mawr via Ynys-wen.Easy route, unlike the previous day when I had failed to penetrate a sea of bracken on an approach from the NE.NormanW13/07/2019
From Nantmor CP (£4.00). Moel-Ddu & its W top visited first - then back to CP & on to Moel Y Dyniewyd (there is a path through heather from high point of pass). Moel-Ddu is an excellent hill with super summit views - I basically followed the mapped path but made the mistake of not crossing the FB early on in the forest & following a signed path that is not mapped.ger27/03/2019
From Aberglaslyn . Struggled to find the right path as bracken etc still in full growth, although my map reading may have been the fault. Instead headed up by wall at western side of Aberglaslyn forest. Faint path but tough going.trimarc207/10/2018
From NT car park at Aberglaslyn. Bryn Banog, Fridd Bach and Moel Ddu. Miserable day, wet and no views.Alunrees3323/07/2018
Start from Beddgelert.stephenbuda13/05/2018
En route from Bron Banog with Alf.jrj19/04/2018
After Pt. 534m, on a survey with MP and AW. Onwards to Mynydd Gorllwyn.Man of Kernow108/04/2018
From Dam parking, vague path then good track up Ynys-wen, track end then up S ridge to top of Ffridd Bach easy path across to Two tops of Moel-ddu, ineresting gap between. great views all round, Steeply down to impressive old Gorseddau Quarry, tramway back to parking. Excellent weather.apricorum25/03/2018
As Doddhofmeister I felt obliged that I should climb a 500m hill today in tribute to the Master of tickling sticks Ken Dodd, who passed away yesterday. Really lovely day for it too, with the fine new Tump Coed Hafod-y-Llyn also visited to start with. Very pleasant in just a T-shirt sat in the sun waiting for the bus in Tremadog.Twice Shy13/03/2018
Pont Aberglaslyn - Bryn Banog - Moel-ddu - Pont Aberglaslyn - Moel y Dyniewyd - Pont Aberglaslyndavidpettit8429/12/2017
Finally made it.. theres been a couple of previous days where for one reason or another I never got here..So despite the cloud obscuring most of the view was pleased to finally get here. Quite why I decided to head back to the lake direct off the limited paths I will never know. Not recommended. For such a modest hill Moel Ddu is a bit of a pig to get to.stig_nest25/08/2017
Tried to park in NT car park but it was full but in the end found a small lay by on A498 at SH 59327 44889 which proved very good as we made our way up the steep track (poss private) just north of there to join the footpaths then skirt around Moel Ddu anticlockwise and attack the summit from the west.Pretty wet underfoot at times. A surprisingly strenuous climb probably as the start point is so low.Father Ted19/08/2017
4/4 (Gryn Goch/Gryn Ddu/FFrid Bach (Moel Ddu West Top/Moel Ddu)Fergalh13/08/2017
Boggy cloudy walk from Beddgelert (with Arlo)wychwood03/08/2017
Walked up from the reservoir from the west up to Bryn Banog first, then down and up to here. The right of way along the southern edge of the lake on the way back is interesting...Neolith16/07/2017
With Trefor. Parked at NT car park off the A4085. Path through woods . The path marked with arrows is not the one shown on the map. Found ourselves on the open hillside on the North side of Aberglaslyn Woods and a long walk over rough ground to get to the hill. Rough walking all the way. Found the correct route for the descent. When following the path from the road through the woods a left turn to the bridge across the stream takes you on the correct ascent.mike.hoult22/06/2017
From Llyn Cwmystradllyn reservoir west of the summit. Not easy due to bracken, tussocks, bramble and marsh grass. No discernible path for 50% of the walk. A nice summit with far reaching views once reached with some rocks to get behind for shelter. Visited with judy55cat and our dog Treacle.G4OBK (Phil)12/06/2017
From forest car park on a ramblers recce. Path to Cwm-trwsgl was closed but on a bank holiday Sunday, I took my chances! Dropped into Pennant Valley taking old level along the west of the Moel Hebog range all the way to Llyn Cwmystradllyn then ascended Moel-ddu. Descent on row to north has one short steep section, not pleasant on wet grass. Decided against Bryn Banog and carried on down indistinct paths to above Beddgelert then on to the car.SS28/05/2017
From Aberglaslyn HallJamesD197210/05/2017
From Bryn Banog. On my own, but part of BHMC hut weekend. Sunny but cool breezealwaysinshorts22/04/2017
Walk up along from the slate mine via the eastern side of Llyn Cwmystradllyn. Very boggy!, path disappears after the slate mine so jumped over the wall at the top and headed up the moss and grass across the north slope. Cut straight back down the ridge towards Ynys-wen on the way down.MarkGD17/04/2017
From Beddgelert campsite: Moel Lefn, Moel-yr-ogof, Moel Hebog and finally Moel-ddu. A super day on the hills.Cas-gwent04/05/2016
With Dad and Tom. Tough traverse from Moel Hebog over tumpy grass and poor paths. Return to parking at Tal-y-llyn beside the lake via the dam IIRC.M0YDH25/03/2016
Pleasant afternoon for a four Tump south to north route. 30B HuMPs complete now.Alex C16/10/2015
Easy going through the woods over the bridge and up to a walled path, but later on fairly soul-destroying over rough ground. Good view though.nicolajane01/10/2015
Paddy Buckley recce (detour!)Geoff Briggs15/08/2015
A great day out in good weather, with a re-bag of Moel Hebog. Fantastic views all day. Parked at water treatment works and took the easy track up by the slate mill. Quad bike tracks almost to the top of the first bump, then down to the col and a bit of a path over the 2 tops. The route down should be straight from the col, but I went over to the ridge and staggered around the crags. The next uppy downie bit is also path free, but as you get closer to Moel Hebog a vague path develops. its a nice quick climb up very steep grass onto the plateau. The views from the top made up for the last time, when it was instruments only. Down towards the reservoir, then back along the road. The slate mill is well worth a look.Gill25/07/2015
From Nantmor £4 carpark in constant drizzle and low cloud. Didn't cross the bridge at the start of the forest which made it for more arduous - 4.5 hrs than it should have been. When the sun came out it showed what a nice hill it was.Thearlaichdubh25/06/2015
With Martinbedfordtom30/05/2015
Solo traverse of Moel Hebog and Moel Ddu from Bedgelert.amswanston13/04/2015
Parked at Llyn Cwmystradllyn dam. Took the ROW on the E side, originally intending to pick up the col N of top but the going was so tedious that I soon stuck I direct line to the SW ridge.tim74709/04/2015
Parked at Nantmor. Made our own path up through Aberglaslyn woods. Underfoot was poor but headed S.W to the col and then south along a steep path before following the wall to the summit. Took longer than anticipated! With GB.bolton01/12/2014
NT car park in Nantmor Just before entrance to Aberglaslyn Hall took signposted path - After crossing footbridge headed up to W. of Pen-y-gaer SW along path on left side of wall & on to col at 576449 Crossed stile & then followed wall SSW & ESE to summit. A tougher walk than expected Rough ground & poor paths. An approach from Llyn Cwmystradllyn to the west may be a better option. (PM)gerrybowes01/12/2014
Ascended from Llyn Cwmystradllyn.mad max12/09/2014
Start ~ 597462, Nantmor. Crossed the bridge at Aberglaslyn and climbed up through the grounds of Aberglaslyn Hall on a RoW and up the col above where we swung left for the summit. Fantastic views from the top. Hot humid day, with Wombourne.steve hudson01/07/2014
Parked in NT car park at GR 597462. Walked across the road bridge and took the path up through the woods above Aberglaslyn Hall. A faint path continues across open grass, boggy in places, up to the col between Bryn Banog where we turned S to the summit. Excellent views on a hot and humid day. With SH.wombourne01/07/2014
Direct from Beddgelert, summited from the southern side.JohnStoneham18/06/2014
tough off path walkAristotle Chip12/04/2014
From west.geralddavison25/01/2014
From Tyddyn Mawr. Followed paths north of the lake to the col north of the top. Up to the top and then west and back via the dam road.mindlessflogger21/07/2013
After Bryn Banog. The view from Moel-Ddu is one of the very best - a combination of a mountain panorama, sea and estuary. Climbed both tops to be sure.clivevilla27/04/2013
Bounds of Beddgelert recces.haydnw31/03/2012
W Jenx from Beddgelert, following old miners track to col between Moel-ddu and Moel Hebog. Wet ground, only faint track, misty weather. Long wall approach to summit adorned by large cairn. Back to col before Hebog.nordicstar10/03/2012
From minor road to SW, parked at last cattle grid as little space at corner. GR8 sunny morningDugswell227/07/2011
Circular taking in Moel-ddu, Bryn Banog, Moel Hebog,Moel yr Ogof and Moel Lefn.Flipperfeet24/01/2011
Moel Hebog circular with Ian, Bren and randome spanieljim_aramis24/01/2011
Parked at the end of the minor road to the south - where the concrete surface ends south of Tai Cochon. 2 similar cairns at the top - easily confused in mist. Gully between them. Not a great deal of path.destaylor04/09/2009
Parked at dam to the W. Twin hills at summit separated by little valley, and wall with stile. NE summit is higher.Aye Jimmy31/05/2009
A serious exercise in map reading to follow almost-forgotten paths from Beddgelert. Really satisfying, to fine rocky summit with great views. Back via Aberglaslyn to make a fine round walk (5 h with stops). With brother- only ever visit for both of us.pwheeler19/03/2009
(cont fr Moel Hebog). Faint path from col to Aberglaslyn, crossed river, good path up Cwm Bychan in sun. Path up fence to Moel y D from watershed. Back to watereshed and beyond; followed signs to copper mine and Beddgelert (17:15). dbb20/02/2009
Couldn't tell on ground whether N top was higher than S top - visited both & got good views of Moelwyns.signyred06/12/2008
Alan, LindaGlenford01/11/2008
norht top is almost certainly higher - part of a round from the reservoir - nice quiet walkgigglejon31/03/2008
Twin tops - north one maybe slightly higher e.g. the grid ref stated.DavidGMould12/06/2006
with Rich and Denisevegibagger18/06/2005
With: solo; Marhofn Meet. I set of early and bagged this one before others got off, meeting two groups as I walked down. Walked up from Glan-gors following the track then up the path to summit ridge. Visited Moel-Ddu summits and Ffridd Bach. Very cloudy.Ian Baines18/06/2005
Galltywenallt12/03/2005
Climbed prior to an ascent of Moel Hebog from the south. With JMcK.Man of Kernow106/10/2002
Continuation of Round of Nantlle Ridge from Moel Lefn to Moel-ddu the back down to Hafod Ruffydd.Eddie01/09/2002
petey31/12/2001
On path through wood to ruins of 1 cottage and another being repaired. Very hard going uphill through 6' high bracken for 1000'. Steady progress over 2 walls to a succession of visible horizons and to left and up to twin tops on either side of wall. 13.10.arranc22/08/1999
Day after working at Cobden's on JG pre-exp weekend with Simon, Pauline & Arnie (dog) & Lesley arrived in evening. Picked up my car after exhaust fixed in Bangor then a lovely walk up two quiet hills behind Tremadog through slate quarries into windy cloudChris Pearson14/03/1999
With KWJohnIvor13/04/1997
Date unknown RHW01/01/1990
Also 03/12/2000petesimpson08/05/1985
Counter clockwise circuit from SH563428. Visited both tops. January 2005?summitsupblank
Ascended one evening after climbing the Nantlle ridge and Hebog. Long day and heading for Tremadog.ChinnockCblank
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