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Walk: Moel-y-Gest
Map: Lleyn Peninsula East / Pen Llyn Ardal Ddwreiniol 254
Directions: On the A497 into Porthmadog, park in the lay-by just inside the 30 limit signs, where there is a public footpath sign with
"Moel-y-Gest" up the post.
Say it!: Moel-y-Gest: moil-uh-guest
Porthmadog: as it looks

 

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.

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