Ascent of Moel-y-gest on 2019-04-15

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:Jill Stone
Date:Monday, April 15, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:863 ft / 263 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked in the Porthmadog Aldi car park where we made use of the supermarket and the 2 hours free parking (although the Lidl/Milletts retail park is slightly closer).

A hundred metres or so up the A497 (west) the signposted route to Moel y Gest forks off left up into the woods. The wide track subdivides into a network of well-used paths although they eventually become increasingly less distinct as one heads westwards (despite the markings on OS maps), particularly past the remains of the old quarry workings, and we had to make some exposed traverses and fun scrambles up through the cliffs to gain the summit area at the western end of this hill. Cutting up much earlier onto the east ridge might have been easier. Great views over the coast, Criccieth Castle and the Lleyn Peninsula, the estuary of Afon Glaslyn, Tremadog Bay and into Snowdonia. 45 minutes to reach the trig point, the true top being a boulder 18 metres to the south.

Looking for an easier descent route we followed paths skirting the southerly side of the hill down to the caravan park at Tyddy-Llwyn but although less steep it was slower progress because of thick gorse, bracken, brambles and a barbed wire fence at the end. I’m sure there are easier ways that only the locals know - probably from the west. Nevertheless a thoroughly worthy hill whose rewards exceed the expectations of its modest height.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:847 ft / 258 m
    Trailhead:Aldi car park  16 ft / 4 m

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