Foel Penolau from the summit of Moel Ysgyfarnogod
|Elevation||614 m (2,014 ft)|
|Prominence||32 m (105 ft)|
|Parent peak||Moel Ysgyfarnogod|
|Listing||Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall|
|English translation||bare hill with light top|
|Language of name||Welsh|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 124|
Foel Penolau is a mountain close to Moel Ysgyfarnogod in Snowdonia, North Wales and is the northernmost summit of the Rhinogydd, and overlooks Llyn Trawsfynydd. From the summit it is possible to see the towns of Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. As a result of a revised survey of its topographical prominence, Foel Penolayu gained Hewitt and Simm status in December 2018 when its prominence was measured to be above 30 metres.
The top of Foel Penolau is reputed to be one of the rockiest summits in Snowdonia, where hands must be used to attain the summit. The summit is on a large smooth slab of rock which is the surface of the outcrop from which the top was formed.
- "Foel Penolau: How a Welsh hill became a mountain". BBC News. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- Nuttall, John; Nuttall, Anne (1999). The Mountains of England & Wales - Volume 1: Wales (2nd ed.). Milnthorpe, Cumbria: Cicerone. ISBN 1-85284-304-7.
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