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Name:Moel-y-gest
Hill number:1957
Height:263m / 863ft
RHB Section:30A: Anglesey and the Lleyn Peninsula
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
Catchment:Glaslyn
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m)
(Ma,Hu,Tu,2)
Grid ref:SH 54927 38894
Summit feature:boulder 18m South of trig point
Drop:236m
Col:27m  SH539397  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124
(1:25k) OL18W 254
Observations:boulder is c1.5m higher than trig point (SH 54927 38910); outcrop 35m E of summit is c30cm lower
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 228 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Parked in second layby on A497. Walked along road for 200 yds then walked up path to Bron y foel. Just before Bron y foel hairpin right into field. Meander south through fields until meeting a wall.follow wall upwards then scramble to top via reasonably obvious route. Not for a wet day!!. 1 he 10 mins round tripLongwojo15/10/2018
From Travelodge and signed post almost opposite Aldi. Through forest going SW until wall then left up onto ridge and along to top on reasonable paths.trimarc211/10/2018
Set off from SSE - verge parking - post at start of walk is marked with hill name. Good track for most of way - then bracken & a little track through crag almost direct to summit. Nice little hill with views of sea & mountain.ger16/07/2018
From south. Fairly infrequently trodden paths (apart from by cows) - lots of gorseIainPeeks24/05/2018
Ascended paths from the east. Descended south to Morfa Bychan but struggled to find much evidence of the public footpath.davidpettit8402/01/2018
From Travelodge, maze of paths through the woods and onto tops.rhalstead24/12/2017
1/1 (Moel-y-gest)Fergalh10/12/2017
From the charter train to mark the 150th anniversary of the Cambrian Coast Line opening, and a venture from Porthmadog station up this small but highly impressive summit. Some paths, scrambling needed in parts, and excellent views of northern part of Cardigan Bay; as previous bagger mentioned, treacherous at times on wet leaves and slate on descent. Definitely worth the effort.JOHNS11/10/2017
As others, started from retail shops (Aldi, Lidl, Millets and Gelert - what more do you want!) up clearly marked path. Well, clear at start but many zig zag alternatives and dead end into quarry or two. Wet leaves on wet rocks didn't help on downward. Well worth the effort though.dicky10/10/2017
Good views on nice rocky summitThe Playful Pig26/09/2017
From by Travelodge. A bit of a maze of feint paths at ppints on the ascent. A suprisingly large descent off the Eastern top to the col. Fine summit.stig_nest20/07/2017
Parked at the campsite to the SE, over east top and on to main summit. Descended from col to SW and along footpath to Llama centre and back along road.Lionel Bidwell16/07/2017
Parked up at Millets on main A497 road. Took path up through woods. Path followed along the north side of first lower (231m) summit. Due to windy conditions we did not use the ridge but went south from the col and approached the summit trig (262m) that way. Good clear path through the bracken.G4OBK (Phil)11/06/2017
A quick asent up from retail park on North sideNozzer05/05/2017
With Trefor. From layby on A497. Public footpath south then steep pull up to summit. Good weather and great views.mike.hoult05/04/2017
From NW - parking on pavement. Superb hill.jimbloomer14/01/2017
With Sue on a lovely cold morning. Also climbed on numerous previous occasions.Phreerunner25/11/2016
Rest day from Nuttall bagging but spotted this one near Porthmadog where I had to go shopping. Seeing it from Tesco car park convinced me it was a good idea so off I set for walk start point on corner after Bryn-derwen Cottage on road to Morfa Bychan (SH 54119 39256) Walked anti-clockwise up PROW around to south side. Visited trig point first and saw highest point was a rock 20m to the south. Two other rocky prominences to the east so stood on them as well and descended down the west side and back to van. Only 2 miles but harder work than I had anticipated due to a bit of up and down scrambling, but easy enough with care up an obvious path and down not such an obvious path. Great fun.SteveSmith14/10/2016
A steep and slippery descent, very windy at the summit. Fell twice on the decent. Overall, the view was well worth the effort.G0DEB55904/10/2016
from Lidl carpark, up ROW across from texaco garage to ridge, then followed ridge path to summit. Good easy scrambles on the way, rock slippy when wet. Return same routeGmacT16/07/2016
A mini epic. Staying in Tremadog meant I approached on foot from the North. The path marked from the corner of the cemy does not exist. Struggled up through bramble until found a path that took me in to quary. Followed it until it ended at a cliff. Then clambered up very steep ground to gain summit plateau. Back by a different route! Don't bother approaching from the North. Great views though.huwthomas22/05/2016
Super hill- climbed its western end, then went along ridge to the top via the odd bit of a scramble. Great fun and lovely views.Cas-gwent03/05/2016
Plenty of time today to break up my bus ride home with a quick repeat dash up here.Twice Shy24/09/2015
Detour while doing Wales Coast Path section Llandecwyn - Criccieth. Remains of Iron Age hillfort rampart are visible around the summit, but the real attraction is the view. Visited Neolithic chambered tomb Cist Cerrig on the way down.thesweetcheat17/09/2015
With the Hobbs family from their house in Borth-y-Gest. Good path up to pt. 231 then along ridge to summit. To make a circuit use path that runs along the wall running to SSW from the summit, but note rough descent to wall corner.Mark Jackson25/08/2015
Parked by Gelert outdoors at 562389 and followed right of way SW. There are actually lots of minor paths, and no obvious main path, weaving their way amongst steep bracken and brambles, across rocks that were very slippery after rain. Fabulous route across from the minor to the main summit, then continued west to descend right of way west of Coed y Cefn, then back along A497.Clive G02/08/2015
Pleasant end to a stressful day in mist and rainon Moel Ddu. Cross the road and climb up opposite the Texaco garage. Fine viewpoint.Thearlaichdubh25/06/2015
Difficult to find a route. We start from Borth Y Gest - get lost on a caravan site - eventually make our way along the beach to Morfa Bychan. Then more problems - overgrown impassible paths - eventually we navigate our way to the top just in time to meet the cloud driven be strong winds - an easier more direct return via old homsteads and past the llamas.briandavies24/06/2015
Second ascentPeteF27/05/2015
Solo Sunny - Hill to Seadentalchimp15/05/2015
Parked in Retail Park at 364389 WNW along A497 for about 150m & then up wide path to join ridge W along rocky ridge for about 1¼km to summit. (S)gerrybowes15/04/2015
The higher peaks were covered in cloud so opted for an easier stroll over this, which certainly isn't a bad consolation. A very pleasant hill and impressive for its height with grand views along the coast.Jake99431/12/2014
First path had felled trees.. so went up another path.Had trouble finding the way up!Surprisingly rocky and wet hill,a bit dangerous to be honest,slipped a few times!Definitely a small mountain.Bit like the Rhinogs?Long way from smaller summit to trig point,and a bit of a struggle finding the way down!Views to Rhinogs,Llyn,Moelwyns,Moel Hebog very good,no sign of Snowdon today but great drive back through Rhyd Du,almost had an accident with a flying ladder(dad was driving)mattcymru20/11/2014
With Cabe and Bev. Nice ridge but cam up a very poor path.simon and co22/08/2014
Parking for one at 56220 38935. Up ROW and then path to top.tim74715/11/2013
. CreakingHiker15/11/2013
Up from Tyddyn Llwyn Hotel. Great mini mountain and great views. With Bridget, Oscar and Bonnie.catman03/09/2013
With Catman,Oscar and Bonnie.rosiebridge03/09/2013
With Bridget,Bonnie and Catman.oscarrosie03/09/2013
second visitvegibagger20/08/2013
Parked on the A497 and walked up the southern edge of Coed y Ceyn. This was rough and rocky and once on the top discovered there is a proper path that comes up from the right of way beyond Bron y foel. Mrs M was not amused as we got soaked by the wet tall vegetation that I made her trash through. Dropped camera at the summit and its never been the same since.mindlessflogger23/07/2013
Alonetallscottishguy14/06/2013
Poor weather.bolton12/11/2012
with Jamie,anticlockwise curl from W round to S and then up N through initially sttep gorse on little path accessed by little iron gate then up field above and finally steeply up to the summit. Incredibly carved spider in trigvegibagger06/05/2012
W Jenx, also climbed from layby GR SH562389. Muddy path, still misty morning. Good views from top, scramble along tops to main summits near trig enjoyable but took longer than expected, @2hrs. Back similar way for ease.nordicstar11/03/2012
Cycled from Criccieth then climbed from southwards, more direct descent. Early in morning.stever09/08/2011
Circular walk from Porthmadog. Plenty bracken to contend with.Alex C15/07/2011
Climbed with my 4 year old daughter & my Dad - 3 generations on the same hill! Stiff little climb with a little hands-on scrambling in parts, which my daughter loved! Stunning views, fab little hill.wheresthepath24/06/2011
From near Porthmadog. With AT and BL.marktrengove07/05/2011
Parked on road at 562389 (13:30) and took path through woods steeply up to ridge and thence to 1st top. Continued along pleasant rocky ridge to summit. Sunny with good views. Back same route; finished 14:40dbb09/10/2010