Moel Eilio is a mountain in Snowdonia, North Wales. It lies just a few miles off from the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa).
Just the other week, while doing some mountain running of Snowdon and the surrounding area, Moel Eilio was pointed out to me as a great route to try.
The morning after my day out in the mountains, I woke up early and met up with friend and accomplished runner / film maker Martin to run up to the summit of Moel Eilio.
So why run up Moel Eilio? For me, it’s an easy answer – I’m up for any kind of trail, fell, or mountain running! Also, who would want to miss out on this kind of a view from near the top?
Moel Eilio route
Our route would start in the town of Llanberis, where we would make our way up to Moel Eilio, via Telegraph valley, running a loop, back down to Llanberis again. Parts of this route cover some of the UTMB UTS 50 ultra marathon course.
If you want to try it yourself, download the Llanberis to Moel Eilio loop GPX of the route we took here:
Running up to Moel Eilio
On the way up, through Telegraph Valley, we were treated with some spectacular views as shafts of sunlight broke through the clouds and illuminated the valley and river below.
Once reaching a boundary fence and gate, we took a hard right to begin the meatier sections of the ascent. This is the point on the UTS 50 route where you would also take a hard right, to make your way up to the summit.
The run up follows fairly gentle undulating terrain. There are some significant up and down bits of elevation, but the running is fairly easy with the grassy trailed top.
From the side it is easy to see the ‘false summits’ leading up to the top, but when lined up directly and actually running, these can catch you out.
Here is a short clip that illustrates these false summits.
Running over the undulating hills up to the top is a lot of fun.
Here is another view, taken from near the top, where you reach a little bit of a plateau.
Running back down to Llanberis
Concluding the run, we followed a path down toward an old slate mine / quarry on the other side of the mountain. The run followed gravel track and path until we hit the town of Llanberis once again.
This part of the route still offered up some great views of the surrounding landscape.
The run (or hike) is totally worth doing for the landscape, views, challenge, and of course if you’re into recce’ing the Ultra trail Snowdonia (UTS 50) race route too.