Moel Ysgyfarnogod is the northernmost 2,000′ mountain in the Rhinogydd Range of Mountains. It gives breathtaking views south over the rest of the Rhinogydd range, north to the peaks of Eryri (Snowdonia), east towards the barren and empty moors between Trawsfynydd and Bala. West the views are of Cardigan Bay and the Lleyn Peninsula.
Although according to many guide books the northern Rhinogs are some of the most difficult walking in the country – our route makes use of excellent tracks and paths once used by the miners of the manganese work scattered around these hills.
Our walk starts with a gentle walk up the old track. After not more than a 40min walk we reach the smaller lake of Llyn Eiddew Bach. From here the hard work begin as the track steepens, however the views all around make up for this and we will arrive in no time at a much smaller Lake. From here we have the final steep push onto Moel Ysgyfarnogod itself. The view from the top opens up a view of the hill’s satellite peak Foel Penolau – looking almost like medieval castle. It is a very short walk from Moel Ysgyfarnogod to Foel Penolau and if time allows we will make the accent of that peak as well.
On the way back we will re-join our accent route back to the Llyn Eiddew back – from here we will make a short diversion from the track we followed at the start of the walk and make our way to the bronze age site of Bryn Cader Faner. The way back to the start of the walk from here is along part of the Ardudwy Way until we join up with the track we walked along at the start of the walk – with a 20min walk back to the start.