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  Siabod the Lonely Mountain

The Classic mountain walk at the very heart of Snowdonia.

Ramblers intent on conquering the nearby giants
of the Carneddau, Tryfan or the Glyders often
overlook one of the outlying peaks of Snowdonia,
Moel Siabod. Theirs is the mistake, for Siabod is
everything a mountain should be - shapely,
challenging, rewarding and possessed of the
most marvelous views. Far from a pushover, at
2860 feet it's the 22nd highest peak in Wales. Its
isolation promises the reward of solitude and
peace, easily attained on a circular walk from
Capel Curig, the very heart of Snowdonia's mountaineer's domain and a veneer of hotels, inns and shops
in the midst of the hills. In the 1990s, Siabod featured heavily in William Horwood's best-selling fantasy
novels "The Duncton Chronicles." If you're familiar with these, then the terrain may seem eerily familiar!

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DISTANCE:
c.6 miles (10km)
TIME:
Allow 4 hours
TERRAIN:
Back lanes, forestry roads and paths, mountain tracks. One steep climb.
PARKING:
Village car park, at junction of A5 with A4086.
REFRESHMENTS:
Inns, Hotels, Tearooms and shops in Capel Curig.
LOCATION:
Capel Curig stretches along the A5 about 4 miles west of Betws-y-Coed.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
Restricted daily buses to Capel Curig from Llanrwst, Betws-y-Coed and Porthmadog.
NB:
Don't attempt this walk in wet weather - the slate bedrock is very slippery and restricted visibility will make the descent from Siabod difficult.
O.S. DETAILS:
Start from Capel Curig Car Park O.S. Outdoor Leisure 17 & 18.
GRID REF:
720 582


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