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Name:Foel Penolau
Hill number:2078
Height:614.4m / 2016ft
Parent (Ma):2074  Moel Ysgyfarnogod
RHB Section:30D: Barmouth to Betws-y-Coed and Bala
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Rhinogs
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
Catchment:Glaslyn, Catchment Boundaries, Mawddach
Class:Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
(Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg)
Grid ref:SH 66187 34835
Summit feature:rock
Drop:31.9m
Col:582.5m  SH 6609 3473  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124
(1:25k) OL18W
Observations:ground on SW top at SH 66148 34777 of equal height
Survey:Abney level/Trimble GeoXH 6000
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 316 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From Moel y Gyrafolen over Diffwys. Weather overcast, but dry.DanMaisieBex13/07/2019
Quite spectacular lump of rock. Climbed it after Moel Ysgyfarnogod from West.IanHHill30/05/2019
Followed the route in the book. The scramble was fun and not to difficult. We went a bit more north to pick up a better path back from the stone circle to the startAristotle Chip26/05/2019
Moel y Gyrafolen > Diffwys > Foel Penolau > Foel Penolau SW Top > Moel Ysgyfarnogod > Craig y Gwynt from GR: SH 68432 35825Hippster07/04/2019
Moel y Gyrafolen > Diffwys > Foel Penolau > Foel Penolau SW Top > Moel Ysgyfarnogod > Craig y Gwynt from GR: SH 68432 35825ronaldo33307/04/2019
From the Afon Eisingrug via Llyn Eiddew-bach to both summits.Winterfloodian27/03/2019
Approach from E (P near Cefn Claedd farm) - made use of obvious track. Visited Moel Ysgyfarnogod then Foel Penolau (both tops).ger26/02/2019
After Moel Ysgyfarnogod.very imposing but actually okay once gully found. Bit of a scramble but fun.Longwojo15/10/2018
With Val. Clear warm weather. Walked from the East. Parked at road end near Cefn Clawdd and followed track to its end south of the summit. Ascended to gap in wall then to summit of Moel Ysgyfarnogod and on to Foel Penolau. A scramble to the summit. A good walk with great viewsmike.hoult09/08/2018
From end of minor road east of Eisingrug. With dad and SophieJamesD197205/04/2018
Me Darryl and Sophie from Eisingrug.jrj05/04/2018
614mThe Grouse25/03/2018
Parked by the disused quarry on the minor road to the east, a wet but easy to follow track as far as possible then straight up, both tops on a very unusual hillbardolph29/09/2017
Staying at Tallin farm so walked from there.Up Cwm Moch to Moel y Gyrafolen and then Foel Penolau (yes, I did both peaks) and then on to Moel Ysgyfarnogod. Great views of the Llyn Peninsula, particularly on the way down. Saw 2 or 3 people but only in the distance.tsharp03/06/2017
Nuttall walk 9.2martin_hall01/06/2017
with GKatyT12/05/2017
With Katy .. Just beat the rain, well almost!George Thompson12/05/2017
From Cefn Clawdd climbed both Foel Penalau and Moel Ysgyfarnogod on the northern Rhinogs. Cloudy but clear summits.knarf02/03/2017
Continuation of walk from Moel y Gyrafolen. Headed west over Diffwys, then steeply up on a path weaving through the crags to the summit. Proceeded to visit the south top. Walk continued to Moel Ysgyfarnogod. Solo.marktrengove18/09/2016
Walking between Cnicht + Allt Fawr yesterday I was thinking it was a dead ringer for the Lakes. Driving up the lane at 9.30 today, cloud clearing off the Rhinogs, their east faces gleaming in the morning sun, I wondered if there's anywhere more like the northern highlands. Took route 1 to the bwlch and scrambled to the summit. On to M Y trig.Wycombe Wanderer17/09/2016
Hit as part of a route from Trawsfynydd to Llanelltyd over Moel Ysgyfarnogo, Rhing Fawr, Rhing Fach, Y Llethyr, Diffwys and Y Garn. Two days, wild camped on east shore of Llyn Hywelandrew.morel27/07/2016
Superb- more like a castleMark Sims01/07/2016
Nice craggy top.jenx28/06/2016
With Jenx after the neighbouring Marilyn. Nice scramblingnordicstar28/06/2016
From Ty'n Twll, via Llyn Eiddew-bachtweed01/06/2016
Nuttall walkRuth15/05/2016
weekend in Barmouth with Sharon, lovely day, Nuttall walk 9.2Lou28/02/2016
with roger weather was awful heavy rain and no viewsDarren-44303/01/2016
From end of minor road north of Harlech. Via Moel Ysgyfarnogod. Accompanied by Matthew and Cathy.Westdenewalker17/09/2015
Walked up from Eisingrug side along the miners path to Moel Ysgyfarnogod, Foel Penolau and back past Bryn Cader Faner.Neolith01/08/2015
Nuttall walk 9.2: Moel Ysgyfarnogod S top - Moel Ysgyfarnogod - Foel Penolau.ronaldo33319/04/2015
Nuttalls route 9.2 to Foel Penolau then returned same way to bag two adjacent sub-Deweys.Crib Goch16/10/2014
With Cabe. Excellent six bagger across the northern Rhinogs.simon and co18/08/2014
from end of minor road north of HarlechWestdenewalker21/06/2014
As part of a circular walk from the minor road junction to the east of Ffridd Lwyd forest. The summits on the route were Clip, Craig Ddrwg, Corn-y-stwc, Moel Ysgyfarnogod South Top, Moel Ysgyfarnogod, Foel Penolau, Moel y Gyrafolen and Craig y Gwynt.JohnStoneham16/06/2014
Great summit, lots of scrambling opportunities on good rock.Taz3829/05/2014
With G. Nuttalls' route from end of road E of Eisingrug > Moel Ysgyfarnogod > Foel Penolau > start.RT197024/04/2014
From minor road below Ffridd Lwyd forest a round of Clip, Craig Ddrwg, Corn-y-stwc, Moel Ysgyfarnogod ST, Moel Ysgyfarnogod, Foel Penolau and Moel y Gyrafolen.rhalstead18/03/2014
Parked on roadside to east (south of Ffridd Lwyd forest. Squelchy approach to pass. Easy ascent of Clip and Craig Ddrwg. Then nightmare navigating in dense cloud and constant rain. Corn-y-stwc, Moel Ysgyfarnogod south top, Moel Ysgyfarnogod, Foel Penolau (both tops) then time and weather demanded descent without continuing to Moel y Gyrafolen. Easy but squelchy descent from gate in wall just norht east of Foel Penolau.ijpowell04/10/2013
Made tough work of this by taking direct route from Moel Ysgyfarnogod. Descended by a much easier route.garyhoney28/08/2013
WET MORNING BUT CLOUD LIFTED AND DID NUTTALLS WALK 9.2 WITH JOYCE AND PAT FROM HARLECH CAMPSITE. EXCELLENT ROUTE AND FUN SCRAMBLING UP THE GULLY AND ONTO THE SUMMIT OF FOEL PENOLAU AFTER THE EASY ASCENT OF MEL YSGYFARNOGOD - AND EXCELLENT DAY OUT.BURGESS13/08/2013
Third and final peak. Walked back down and found another Manganese mine at 3:30pm at the time of George Hall's funeral. Brewed up and remembered George.skeletonjo25/07/2013
Coming from the east in fairly heavy mist I found a cairn buit couldn't find its twin. They were further on and were great tops.clivevilla05/05/2013
Did both 'scrambled' tops.bolton11/11/2012
Ianto, Sue and Paul.BorthGoat27/10/2012
One of the best mountain tops in Cymru. Lots of fun scrambling and superb views north. On ridge walk from Moel y Gyrafolen to Clip.Jake99408/09/2012
From Cwn Bychan taking in Clip on the way. Cracking walk although mainly in mist with occassional views.SS01/09/2012
Northern Rhinogs ridge including all listed tops from from Moel y Gyrafolen to Rhinog Fawr, with Mark, Andrew and Chris. Parked at SH683336.davidpettit8424/03/2012
With MJ, DP & CA. See David's log. Complete traverse of Nuttalls, Deweys and other peaks north from Rhinog Fawr. Is it summer already? Interesting granite terrain!AGWilliamson24/03/2012
Same as AW and DP - on CUHWC Easter trip, in a March heatwave and glorious sunshine. Mostly very rough and slow going, but fascinating terrain and a real sense of exploration. Making a beeline for Moel Ysgy leads to some interesting down-scrambling!Mark Jackson24/03/2012