Moel Hebog

Coordinates: 53°00′01″N 4°08′23″W / 53.00014°N 4.13980°W / 53.00014; -4.13980
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Moel Hebog
Moel Hebog, seen from the south
Highest point
Elevation783 m (2,569 ft)
Prominence585 m (1,919 ft)
Parent peakSnowdon
ListingMarilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall
English translationHill of the hawk/falcon
Language of nameWelsh
PronunciationWelsh: [ˈmɔil ˈhɛbɔɡ]
LocationSnowdonia, Wales
OS gridSH565469
Topo mapOS Landranger 115
Listed summits of Moel Hebog
Name Grid ref Height Status
Moel yr Ogof 655 metres (2,149 ft) Hewitt, Nuttall
Moel Lefn 638 metres (2,093 ft) Hewitt, Nuttall

Moel Hebog (Welsh for Bare Hill of the Hawk) is a mountain in Snowdonia, north Wales 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, which include the Nantlle Ridge and Mynydd Mawr.

From that side, 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.

It 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.[citation needed]

Moel Hebog Shieldin the British Museum

A late Bronze Age shield was found in a bog near Moel Hebog in 1784. It is now in the British Museum's collection.[4]


  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, Cumbria: Cicerone. ISBN 1-85284-304-7.
  4. ^ British Museum Collection

The Moel Hebog Group[edit]

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

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53°00′01″N 4°08′23″W / 53.00014°N 4.13980°W / 53.00014; -4.13980