Name:Moel y Gyrafolen
Hill number:3381
Height:536.8m / 1761ft
Parent (Ma):2074  Moel Ysgyfarnogod
RHB Section:30D: Barmouth to Betws-y-Coed and Bala
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Rhinogs
County/UA:Gwynedd
Catchment:Glaslyn, Catchment Boundaries, Mawddach
Class:Dodd (500-599m), Dewey
(Tu,5,Dew)
Grid ref:SH 67217 35291
Summit feature:outcrop
Drop:30.1m
Col:506.6m  SH 67063 35191  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124
(1:25k) OL18W
Observations:rocky knoll 30m S at SH 67221 35263 is 0.44m lower; cairn 60m NE at SH 67263 35326 is 1.96m lower
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica GS15
Survey_of_Moel_y_Gyrafolen.pdf
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 135 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
with YFabioski01/02/2024
Solo, from Craig y Gwynt. Overgrown path from col with deep heather. Continued along ridge to Ysfarnagod.Nick Canute04/06/2023
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
1/8 (Moel y Gyrafolen/Foel Penolau/Moel Ysgyfarnogod/Moel Ysgyfarnogod South Top/Corn-y-Stwc/Craig Ddrwg/Clip/Craig Won)Fergalh07/04/2023
Circular walk from CP at the south of Llyn Trawsfynydd. Moel y Gyrafolen - Foel Penolau - Moel Ysgyfarnogod. With R.Dan Baddeley04/03/2023
December probably not the best month to do this. Misty on top and very wet underfoot on approach.davefh22/12/2022
Car on roadside at SH68440 35935. Up bridleway to the col. Out and back to Craig y Gwynt. To stile at 673.357 then up the end of Moel Gyrafolen on a thin path/sheep track. Returned the same.Moorponder10/10/2022
Parked at Trawsfynydd reservoir, for a Ten and half mile walk around the North Rhinog's reaching the summits of Moel y Gyrafolen, Foel Penolau, Moel Ysgyfarnogod, Craig Ddrwg and Clip returning via the footpath to Wern fach making a nice circuit taking Five and half hours.WAYNE ROWLETT17/09/2022
Craig Ddrwg, Corn-y-stwc, Moel Ysgyfarnogod South Top, Moel YSgyfarnogod, Foel Penolau, Moel y Grafolenkeithouk26/08/2022
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
An afternoon ascent of Moel Y Gyrafolen. Parked at SH 686 355 on the minor road on east side of the lake. Space for one car on the grass by telegraph pole. Walked a short distance along the road, then left up the RoW to reach the col. Then up the lovely little tack that winds its way up between the crags of the north ridge to the summit. Returned to the col and then across to Craig y Gwynt. A beautiful afternoon's walk with great views of Snowdonia in the Easter sunshine. Just 6km with 400m ascent, taking 2h20m.silveracorn_alan16/04/2022
On a hot long day finally Riyadh was 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
2 day traverse from Talsarnau to Barmouth from Diffwys point 577underhill14/05/2021
Last of 6 for the day from 683335 in a clockwise direction, Craig Wion first, (2 Nuttalls done previously). Plenty of up and down over rough stuff and rock to negotiate. Left Degsy to do the Nuttalls. SW to track - which was a relief - and back to quarry. Great weather but a little windy. Just over 6 hours and 8 miles.bolton21/04/2021
From Coed y brenin west,parking for Rhinog Fawr etc. Forest to ruins of Hafod Gynfal then rough grass to cefn clawdd. Yes I lost the path. Mine track to forestry then quad track to wall junction and gate, stile. Left pack at wall for easy out and back. Summit unmarked. The view at the cairn is stunning. On to F.P. via Diffwys.stig_nest18/04/2021
Parked at quarry on way to Cefn Clawydd. Followed track to it's end, then up Foel Penolau and on to Moel y Gyrafolen.PGCE14/08/2020
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
Moel y Gyrafolen, Diffwys, Foel Penolau, Moel Ysgyarnogod from the Llyn Trawsfynydd Cafe SH 696383Geoff Briggs10/11/2019
Climbed from the E - parking at SH 683 336. Good track to SH 670 345, then a direct line to a gate in the fence line above &then to the top.DanMaisieBex13/07/2019
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
Started from the quarry (? waste tip for a mine across the road). Walked to end of road and then up track. Left track at SH 67186 34394 and crossed moorland to fence. Couldn't find a style so climbed over SH 67336 34657 and turned left. Followed fence to obvious notch in the ridge between Clip and Moel y Gyrafolen and then on to top. There is a cairn but it's not the top. Top is a small outcrop. Reversed route back to a small plantation and then down the track back to the car.MikeM30/06/2017
https://www.strava.com/activities/4464934744Sleepwa1ker21/06/2017
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
Parked on large area of quarry waste alongside minor road to S.E. at 683336 (Space for 3 or 4 cars) – Along road towards farm & then up track to 670345 – Up hillside to gate & then stile in wall corners, about ¼km from summit outcrop. (S)gerrybowes25/03/2017
Continuation of walk from Craig y Gwynt. Returned to bwlch, then over Pt. 421m and down to a stile. Then up north ridge on a path weaving through the crags to the summit. Continued over Diffwys to Foel Penolau. Solo.Man of Kernow118/09/2016
From Llyn Trawsfynydd up metalled road to Cefn Clawdd then on track to small plantation. Easy enough on grass from there with gate and stile to cross walls near col. Returned same way in light rain.SS30/04/2016
From the road by the lake, very wet and boggy at the start.DARRENG17/10/2015
Parked at 683336-off road on some minor quarry workings.Followed footpath over river and followed path signposted to Cwm Bychan(quite wet underfoot). At the head of the pass followed the path to Clip,then continued over remaining Northern Rhinogs round to Moel yr Gyrafolen.Then dropped down to small woodland and followed track back to metalled road and the car.Rob5006/04/2015
Parked at end of road to SE. End of road to East seemed unfriendly and probably tricky to park. Good track then quad bikes and a few bits and pieces. Followed wall to near summit then a gate and a stile.destaylor09/10/2014
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
Nice walk up from Llyn TrawsfynyddTaz3829/05/2014
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
No view today as the top was shrouded in fog. I took the track from just before the farm then ascended by the side of a wall to a wall junction with a gate and ladder stile leading to the summit.clivevilla05/05/2013
Start ~ 683335. Took the hill track up from the farm and then took a direct route up to the col from a small plantation next to the track. Summit is a fantastic view point.steve hudson30/11/2012
Ianto, Sue and Paul.Ianto&Sue27/10/2012
Ianto, Sue and Paul.BorthGoat27/10/2012
Parked near Tyn Twll, ridge walk to Clip then return via Bryn Cader Faner. Great views and a splendid little bwlch with DiffwysJake99408/09/2012
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. Very rough and slow going on majority of route, but fascinating terrain and a real sense of exploration.Mark Jackson24/03/2012
Added to the Nuttall walk.David Gradwell25/07/2011
Northern most summit on the "ridge" 3 high point but the GR is within 10m of my preferred option. Makes a nice final top if combined with the two northern Nutalls when walking from the Eastern side with a reasonable set of tracks back to the park point.Rhayader_wander14/01/2007
K Cambrian Waycrazy24/06/1996
With HF Holidays. Day 2 of the Cambrian Way Northern Section:Cwm Bychan to Ffestiniog.jigglybones08/08/1993
in thick mistgigglejon10/04/1992
petey01/01/1990
Date unknown. grass & heather summit, heather burnt off early 2000s. RHW01/01/1990
End of narrow road to E of outliers of Rhinogs. Snow underfoot all day. Crevasses between rocks. Missed path over tussock and steadily up to col where 3 walls met and diagonal line to top at 13.30. to F P.arranc21/03/1987
With RamblersAlan Moore12/09/1982