Foel Penolau

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Foel Penolau
Foel Penolau from the summit of Moel Ysgyfarnogod
Highest point
Elevation614 m (2,014 ft)
Prominence32 m (105 ft)
Parent peakMoel Ysgyfarnogod
ListingSimm, Hewitt, Nuttall
English translationbare hill with light top
Language of nameWelsh
LocationGwynedd, Wales
Parent rangeRhinogydd
OS gridSH661348
Topo mapOS 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.[1]

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.[2]


  1. ^ "Foel Penolau: How a Welsh hill became a mountain". BBC News. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  2. ^ 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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Coordinates: 52°53′37″N 3°59′28″W / 52.89373°N 3.99118°W / 52.89373; -3.99118