Name:Moel Ysgyfarnogod
Hill number:2074
Height:623m / 2044ft
SMC/RHB Section:30D: Barmouth to Betws-y-Coed and Bala
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Rhinogs
County/UA:Gwynedd
Topographical area:WN09 Llethr-rhinog
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Glaslyn, Artro, Triples, Mawddach
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg,Cm)
Grid ref:SH 65845 34594
Summit feature:large cairn by trig point
Drop:182m
Col:441m  SH658299  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124
(1:25k) OL18W
Survey:obvious summit
Comments:Dropped from Trail 100 list Jan 2020
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Circular walk from car park at Llyn Trawsfynydd. Moel Ysgyfarnogod and Bryn Cader Faner, returned via Cwm Moch. Lots of bog, not many people.philroyle08/07/2024
Cambrian Way Stage 17Rob Rees04/03/2024
Rhinogydd south to north: with Hannah, James, Housechild & Vicky.Grinner20/08/2023
With Deborah, Frances, Rory and RobDonpeblo01/08/2023
Nuttall walk 9.2: Moel Ysgyfarnogod and Foel Penolau.Terrible weather- had to wait in car for 30 mins for rain to stop before walking in thick clag all afternoon. Could barely see lakes a visibility about 12 meters.Lazylizzie25/06/2023
Solo from Moel Penolau, descended grassy east flank and contoured NE then N descending v-shaped valley to col N of Moel Gyrafolen and descending Cambrian Way path.Nick Canute04/06/2023
Nice straight forward walk from where I parked, thankfully, I never past anyone on the way up and the road up doesn't have many passing places.Buckleymon20/04/2023
12 miles, 2035ft walk. start at Traws Fynydd Lake carpark up lane and turn left onto Cambrian Way up over Moel Y Gyrafolen, Foel Penolau, Moel Ysgyfarnogod + south top, Craig Ddrwg + north top, down Bwlch Gwylim turn left and follow path and track to carpark.stephenbuda09/04/2023
3/8 (Moel y Gyrafolen/Foel Penolau/Moel Ysgyfarnogod/Moel Ysgyfarnogod South Top/Corn-y-Stwc/Craig Ddrwg/Clip/Craig Won)Fergalh07/04/2023
From Road end East. Good miners track goes close to the base of the last steep climb.jef30/03/2023
Circular walk from CP at the south of Llyn Trawsfynydd. Moel y Gyrafolen - Foel Penolau - Moel Ysgyfarnogod. With R.Dan Baddeley04/03/2023
From Cefn Clawdd via Bwlch Gwylim, with Zoe and TedJim T29/12/2022
3/3 from Dolgellau by bike. Exceptional weather. Walk out in dark since started at midday. Lacerated by Blackberries.davechaffey18/10/2022
Parked on minor road from Esingrug. Walked up road and then track, headed south on old mining track and then around the shoulder north and headed for the summit. Returned down to sheep fold and then joined minors track. Very wild and interesting. Fab views across to snowdonia and south. Quite rocky and boggy in places.Woolly Hattie05/10/2022
Craig Ddrwg, Corn-y-stwc, Moel Ysgyfarnogod South Top, Moel YSgyfarnogod, Foel Penolau, Moel y Grafolenkeithouk26/08/2022
With HF Holidays. Day 2 of the Cambrian Way Northern Section:Cwm Bychan to Ffestiniog.jigglybones08/08/2022
Circuit of Northern Rhinogs, starting from small woodland walks car park at SH626366. Took footpaths by Garth-byr, Coetty-mawr to eventually reach open hillside and climb Moel y Geifr. Descent to Llyn Eiddew-mawr and continued on W side. Continued SSE and eventually climbed the rough ridge to reach Clip. Continued along the ridge to Craig Ddrwg, Corn-y-stwc [Craig Ddrwg North Top], Moel Ysgyfarnogod, the two tops of Foel Penolau (the first requiring some care), Moel y Gyrafolen, Craig y Gwynt. Return by path running W to reach minor road via Caerwych, then path through woodland at Ceunant Coch to start. Some rough terrain and paths not always clear and some overgrown with bracken.RobertP30/07/2022
With Gmac as the guide. Followed the track until ijust over the shoulder I t veers to the right following the hill contour and along a seam of quarrying. Followed the hill round until at the fenced area with danger signs, used the path which led up to the trig. Fascinating landscape where natural and man made features entertwine. Superb views from the top. Snowdon peeking through the cloud and the site of a hill fort on the nearby hill.elizyanne12/07/2022
Started from the end of the minor road leading east from Eisingrug 62913 34251, A Six mile walk taking in Moel Ysgyfarnogod and Foel Penolau, this was a lot easier terrain than the main Rhinog's mainly grass with only a few rocky sections, Three and half hours in total.WAYNE ROWLETT15/05/2022
Mid afternoon from Cefn Clawdd. In two minds about it due to late start o next to shortest day of the year and light rain which looked threatening. Track goes well up, past the small plantation. Then head up to ow point in ridge where there is a stile. Opted for Foel Penolau first as weather was deteriorating. Could not see an easy option up crags so followed path which took me round west side where they became more broken. Easy then across to Moel Ysgyfarnogod Descended by ascent route using plantation as guide back to track as light faded - I had left my headtorch at home!dickscroop22/12/2021
A long hot day from Merthyr Farm campsite to the west to bag Moel Ysgyfarnogod and Foel Penolau. A detour to the 'crown of thorns' cairn at Bryn Cader Faner is highly recommended, along with the swim in Llyn Eiddew-bach on the way down.AndrewP20/07/2021
On a hot long day finally Riyadh was Top no. 3...my journey all along the rough and exhausting Rhinogs ridge from before the northerly Marilyn all the way down collecting all the tops & culminating in Rhinog Mawrvegibagger16/07/2021
From Cefn ClawddThe Playful Pig15/07/2021
From Cefn Clawdd. Track shown on map contours on for about 500m more than shown. When it ends, gtound on right is horrible, contour on until it becomes grassy and easy.Topographer5714/07/2021
Climbed from track to the west and continued to Foel Penolau.dhbond26/06/2021
Early morning climb from sea level at Talsarnau to the summits of Foel Penolau and Moel Ysgyfarnogod via the Bronze Age cairn of Bryn Cader Faner. Great route at first but soon descended into bog and going was rather tough. After scaling the bare granite top of Foel Penolau, Moel Ysgyfarnogod could not have been different neighbour. An easy to spot path, a soft grassy summit, and an inviting trig to guide me. Rain stopped on the final ascent to reveal cracking views all around of the hills and estuary below. Great morning walk to blow away the lockdown cobwebs. Saw no one, save for the birds.MysteriousSue23/06/2021
From coed y brenin. 3rd visit. Today all about the badlands though. Stopped for lunch & had place to myself until about to leave another chap with dog approached. Left summit for him and headed for North top and beyond.stig_nest17/04/2021
Start from SH684302. Path to SH686334, then to Foel Penolau, Moel Ysgyfarnogod, return via Graig Ddrwg and Llyn Pryfed.welshe20/09/2020
From the East, parking at the track leading to Wern-fach as no suitable spot further up. Windy and drizzly. Also visited Foel Penolau.NormanW11/09/2020
Seven 5-600m summits between Trawsfynydd & Cwm Bychan with Rufus. Parked SH 68357 33605 off-road at quarry and walked towards Cefn Clawdd, track on right just before farm until small plantation then direct to gate and stile in NE corner of wall. Quick out and back to Moel y Gyrafolen then high ground over the tops to Clip. Return via Bwlch Gwylim and track down depression then increasingly boggy path/ROW NE/E to road again. Great hills, some tricky descents with the dog, sometimes taking big detours to avoid descending steep grit outcrops.jacobrichmond10/08/2020
An easy day out with Tim747. Continuation to Foel PenolauShutterlag09/01/2020
#667 From the road-end to the West, with Shutterlagtim74709/01/2020
Moel y Gyrafolen, Diffwys, Foel Penolau, Moel Ysgyarnogod from the Llyn Trawsfynydd Cafe SH 696383Geoff Briggs10/11/2019
from west on minor road then track past fishing lakes and onward past strange piles of stones, misty and low cloud, poor views, very rough and wild.richardrosser14/10/2019
Continuation from Foel Penolau, nice views over the estuary to Porthmadog.DanMaisieBex13/07/2019
started from A496 and walked all the way through Eisingrug to Llyn Eiddew-bach, then an anticlockwise loop past Llyn Du to summit. would have tried Fole Penolau, but couldn't see a way that wasn't too steep. Back past Llyn Dywarchen, and missed BRyn Cader Faner.gbeniston18/06/2019
from road end east of Eisingug, via small lakes and N ridge.IanHHill30/05/2019
Parked at the start as per book to walk to the summit. The track is easy to follow and gets you to within 500m of the summit. Great viewsAristotle Chip26/05/2019
With Silas, Ruby and Delilah. Very windy at the top.simonjallen15/04/2019
From Moel-glo, limited parking but gives good high access. Follow miners track to upper path split near wall, right fork. Both tops visited, can return by going to the east side of the rocky bluff to pick up the other track that courses round on a strata level below 4-7m rock wall back to the lower Lakes. Easy way to learn the complexity of this rugged terrain.N.Morters12/04/2019
Moel y Gyrafolen > Diffwys > Foel Penolau > Foel Penolau SW Top > Moel Ysgyfarnogod > Craig y Gwynt from GR: SH 68432 35825ronaldo33307/04/2019
Moel y Gyrafolen > Diffwys > Foel Penolau > Foel Penolau SW Top > Moel Ysgyfarnogod > Craig y Gwynt from GR: SH 68432 35825Hippster07/04/2019
Back in the area for Foel Penolau, newly promoted to Tump status, so well worth taking the time to visit up here once again.Twice Shy06/04/2019
From the Afon Eisingrug via Llyn Eiddew-bach and both summits of Foel Penolau.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
Followed nuttall route up miners path.fantastic views in all directions. Onto Foel Penolau.Longwojo15/10/2018
doneoutlawcatcher10/10/2018
With Val. Warm sunny weather with clear long distance views. Parked near road end to west of the hill close to Cefn Clawdd. Followed track to its end then continued in same direction for a couple of hundred yards before ascending to gap in stone wall and on to summit. On to Foel Penolau then descended by same route.mike.hoult09/08/2018
With MikeVal Deisler09/08/2018
Long day walk from Eisingrug.jrj05/04/2018