Tremadog (village) and the Moelwynion Mts beyond
from the top.
Moel-y-Gest rises steeply above the town of
Porthmadog in the southeast of Llyn. At only 262m
this hill really does feel much higher than it
actually is and offers spectacular views across the
town, estuary and neighbouring mountains of
Snowdonia, as well as along the south coast of Llyn.
From the lay-by, head up the hill, over a style
and then a little further up where the undergrowth
gives way to loose slate on the floor, head uphill
to join another path and then turn up to the left
and then soon turn right. The path here is quite
steep and a bit of scrambling is needed to get up
some of the rocks. Continue to follow the path which
eventually comes up a little valley and then onto
the ridge. The south-eastern tip of the ridge is to
your left, but to carry on the main walk, turn right
and make your way along the ridge to the trig point
at the western end. Again, there may be some
scrambling required to get up a couple of rocks, but
nothing too severe. On paths through the heather,
beware of rocks you can't see.
Once you have taken in the fantastic views, turn
back along the ridge and then back down the path you
came up. Beware of the path where there is loose
slate as it is very slippy going down.