Me and Julie were having a short break in the wooden lodges at Ogwen Banks Caravan Park and as the weather was fine and dry we went to bag the little mountain of Moel y Ci.Setting off from the park we crossed the Afon Ogwen and made for the B4409.
Passing the massive slate spoil heap's we headed up to the village of Bryn Eglwys with it's fine church,now sadly unused.This church used to stand further down the hill but the spoil heap would have engulfed it as it was growing so the quarry had it dismantled and moved uphill out of harm's way.
Skirting the edge of the village of Mynydd Llandegai the view open's up down to the Menai Strait.
We now started the steep climb up the east flank of Moel y Ci and took time out to marvel in the view back to the Carneddau and Glyderau with the slate spoil looking a long way now.
The 3,000 foot mountain's had a cap of cloud on them and quite a bit of snow as well,but as the day wore on the cloud started to lift and we would eventually get to see the mountain's cloud free.As we gained height we noticed it getting markedly colder as we reached the wall near the summit of Moel y Ci,crossing the wall we now followed the narrow path through heather to reach the small summit marker.
A short distance away is the trig point atop Douglas Hill but as the ground in between is boggy the path takes a detour way out the way to avoid this boggy ground before we summitted on Douglas Hill.
From the summit we could see Yr Eifl in the distance.
We descended the west side of the mountain carefully as it was very steep,and we both said we wouldn't have liked to come up this way.I had intended to return via Tregarth but Julie was suffering from her Plantar Fasciitis so i shortened the walk and we took the forestry path back to Mynydd Llandegai.
On exiting the forest we got a fine view across to the Carneddau once again.
Below,a close up of Yr Elen with Carnedd Llewelyn standing guard over her.
We retraced our step's down the lane before crossing the Afon Ogwen once again and grabbing some supplies in Bethesda before returning to the log cabin.We walked 6 miles with 1,250 feet of ascent.