Moel Hebog

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Moel Hebog
Moel Hebog.jpg
Moel Hebog, seen from the south
Range: Snowdonia
Summit: 2,566 feet SH565469
53°0’1"N, 4°8’23"W

Moel Hebog is a mountain of 2,566 feet in Snowdonia, in Caernarfonshire. It is the mountain which dominates the view west from the village of Beddgelert. It gives name to a whole range of peaks in the north-western corner of Snowdonia known as the "Moel Hebog Group", which include the Nantlle Ridge and Mynydd Mawr.

The name "Moel Hebog" is Welsh for Hill of the Hawk.

From the side facing Mynedd Mawr, Moel Hebog has a rocky face with a distinctive pointed summit, although from other sides, it appears more rounded. The exposed rock means that it is often visited by students of geology. Much of the mountain consists of welded, fiamme-rich rhyolitic tuff.


Moel Hebog is often climbed from Beddgelert and it can be combined with the nearby mountains of Moel yr Ogof and Moel Lefn for a longer walk. This route, however, does involve some easy scrambling.

On Moel yr Ogof can be found "Owain Glyndŵr's Cave".[1][2][3] The view of Moel Hebog and Llyn Gwynant from the north near Snowdon is one of the most photographed in Snowdonia.

Close summits

The Moel Hebog Group

The Moel Hebog Group contains the following (main) summits:

Outside links


  1. Marsh, Terry. The Summits of Snowdonia (London: Robert Hale, 1984).
  2. Marsh, Terry. The Mountains of Wales (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1985).
  3. Nuttall, John & Anne (1999). The Mountains of England & Wales - Volume 1: Wales (2nd edition ed.). Milnthorpe: Cicerone. ISBN 1-85284-304-7.