Moel Eilio, Llanberis, Gwynedd


Best at / for: great location at any time of the day all year round.

Best avoided: when low cloud obscures the summit.

Parking: hike from Llanberis or park at Cefn Du via Waunfawr.

Access: moderate with no technical problems.

Notes: great ridge walk / wild camping opportunities.


Moel Eilio lies south-west of Llanberis and is the last high peak north west of Snowdon.

The views from the top are spectacular, from Snowdon round to the sea, and take in mountains, lakes, slate quarries, the sea and a narrow gauge railway.

The easiest route up the mountain starts from Waunfawr. The distance to the top from Llanberis is around 4 miles, with a climb of about 1800 feet.

Smaller vehicles may be able to get to Bwlch y Groes, above Waunfawr. This halves the distance and reduces the  climb to around 1200 feet, but the lanes are not in good condition.

There are alternative hiking routes from the other side of the range starting in Llanberis.

The climb is continuous and steady, clear of rocks and requiring no technical skill. A reasonable level of fitness is needed.