5 fantastic peaks in North Wales to explore in 2017
Whilst North Wales is recognised far and wide for the mighty summit of Snowdon, many of the other fantastic peaks in the area often get overlooked by visitors. Admittedly, Snowdonia Pational Park offer some of the best walks in the country, with stunning scenery, spectacular landscapes and unrivalled panoramic views. However, if you’ve already ‘been there and got the t-shirt’ with Snowdon or fancy venturing off the beaten track, here are 5 of our MVP’s (most valuable peaks) you probably have never heard of. Make sure to check these out during your stay at one of our caravan parks in North Wales. Moel Hebog, 782m, near Beddgelert, Gwynedd Starting with the mightiest of our alternative peaks, Moel Hebog stands at 782m and the ‘blocky’ aesthetics can look rather intimidating from Beddgelert, although the walk is fairly straight forward for those with experience. Begin your journey at the Welsh Highland Railway’s Beddgerlert station. Cross the railway and head across the expansive lands, which has boulders scattered across the area and is covered in bluebells if you’re lucky enough to be visiting this spring. The ascent is short and steep, getting rockier the further up you reach, to the point where you may need to use your hands. From the top, you can gawk, gaze and marvel at spectacular views of Snowdon, the Nantlle ridge and the Llyn Peninsula. Rhobell Fawr, 734m, north of Dolgellau, Gwynedd This peak is the highest of the array of mountains between the Rhinogs in the west and the Arans to the east, nestled in the southern portion of Snowdonia. Find your way to the charming village of Rhydymain on the A494 where you will be able to park. Follow a forest road until you get to a dry-stone wall which you can then track up the rocky mountain. Occasionally the rock forms are big enough for you to use your hands, so be sure to pack light for your hike. Once at the top, you will have wonderful panoramic views and, on many occasions, the place all to yourself. Cnicht, 689m, near Croesor village, Gwynedd Cnicht, otherwise known as “the Welsh Matterhorn”, is one of the most popular peaks on this list. The fantastically pointy summit is notably impressive on the usual approach along Cwn Croesor, off the A4085 between Beddgerlert and Penrhyndeudraeth. The peak seems to elongate upon approach and requires strong legs for heights, as well as a little scrambling. This trek is certainly not advised in icy conditions without suitable equipment. If you start in the village, you can encompass the peak as you do a loop around the valley, and be sure to check out the slate mining works on the other side. Penycloddiau, 440m, in the Clwydian Hill, Denbighshire Although most head straight to Moel Famau, the highest point in the range, for a less busy alternative with the same great views when visiting the Clywdian Hills, be sure to check out Penycloddiau. Bring a map to find the car park in the pass between Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur, and at 280m above sea level it’s an easy, breezy stroll to the summit from there. Yr Eifl (The Rivals) – Garn Ganol, 564m, Tre’r Ceiri, 485m and Garn For, 444m The mountain dominating the Llyn Peninsula is actually three separate peaks, including a breath-taking ancient hill fort which covers the top with a maze of ramparts and walls. This is known as Tre’r Ceiri, or “Town of the Giants”, which is pretty fitting once you see the stunning setting. Sensational sea and mountain views are plentiful, as well as an array of quarry and mine remains. Park the car just north of Llithfaen village and encompass a trip to the Nant Gwrtheyrn cultural centre for a break from hiking. Make 2017 the best yet, with a visit to these fantastic peaks all over North Wales. The breath-taking views throughout the walks are second-to-none and will provide you with treasured memories of your time in North Wales.