Porthmadog Hill Walk

June 1st, 2018

With all this fine Spring weather we’re having, it would be a shame not to make the most of it and head out to explore our beautiful region of Snowdonia and North Wales. Today we’ve got a fabulous walk for you, starting just in the seaside town of Porthmadog 

It heads up the hill behind the town – called Moel y Gest, which is 263m (863ft) high. The views from the top are far ranging and include the Llyn Peninsula, the Rhinogydd, Moelwynion, Moel Hebog, and Snowdon.

So why not try this on a clear and sunny day for a brilliant walk and some stunning views too?

Where:              Porthmadog, Gwynedd

Distance:          Approx 2 miles

Difficulty:          Moderate – relatively short route but with a steep ascent.

Start:                Lay by on A497 (from south go through Porthmadog town, left at roundabout for Criccieth/Pwllheli; lay-by is on left soon after camping shop on right. From North, take A497 into Porthmadog; the lay-by is on the right soon after petrol station. Additional parking on road at industrial estate opposite, or in Porthmadog Town Centre).

Grid Ref:           SH 561 389

Map:                 OS Explorer OL 18: Harlech, Porthmadog and y Bala


1:  From lay-by take the footpath leading up through trees. Soon, at junction go straight ahead and over stile. Follow path to left and up steep bank. At top junction take path that heads to right. Continue ahead and follow steep rocky path to emerge at first summit.

2: You can continue to cross the second, slightly higher summit then return to lower summit. Re-trace your steps to the junction at top of bank and turn right here. Cross a couple of stiles to emerge at caravan park, pass rear of the hotel and head along the tarmac drive.

3: Just before reaching main road, turn left to pass house on left and follow road to emerge by large cream-coloured house. Turn left along main road and uphill. Continue ahead, then downhill to pass Catholic church on left.

4: After church and before terrace of houses, turn left slightly up hill and follow road around to right then left. Follow footpath alongside fence to emerge on housing estate and continue ahead and following road to right and uphill and then right and downhill.

5: At road turn left and follow pavement back to lay-by.

Point of Interest:

1: In 1798 Madocks purchased Tan-yr-Allt just above Tremadog. He transformed it into the first Regency house in Gwynedd, but it is more well known for one of its later tenants – poet Percy Busshe Shelley. Another notable resident of Tremadog was Lawrence of Arabia, who was born in what is now the outdoor pursuits centre called Snowdon Lodge.

**These directions are for guidance only. The Oakeley Arms can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. The information quoted is correct at the time of writing. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather.