GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Moel y Gest

5 miles (8 km)

This hill near Porthmadog offers fine views over North Wales including theLlyn Peninsula, theRhinogydd,Moelwynion,Moel Hebog, andSnowdon.
This walk starts at the lovely harbour in Porthmadog and follows the coastal path south to Borth-Y-Gest. Here you can leave the coast and follow a footpath north west to the hill summit which stands at a height of 263m (863ft). It's a lovely spot with fine views back down to Porthmadog and the adjacent river estuary. As well as the great views you will also find ahillfortwhich shows some resemblance to the "nuclear forts" of the Early Middle Ages found in Scotland.After taking in the views the route descends back to Porthmadog on the same paths.
For a longer route try our Circular Walk around Porthmadog which visits the lovely Black Rock Sands beach at Morfa Bychan before climbing to Moel y Gest.

Moel y Gest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Moel y Gest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


In Borth-y-Gest you could stop off at The Seaview Cafe Bistro & Coffee Lounge. The cafe occupies two premises adjacent to one another- one providing full dine in service & the other fully take away. They serve a good range of quality meals which you can enjoy with a lovely view of the village and the coast. They aredog friendly we even sell dog friendly ice cream. You can find them at postcode LL49 9TR for your sat navs.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Slopes of Moel y Gest - - 90488

Slopes of Moel y Gest. Looking up to Moel y Gest quarry, on the northern side of the hill.

East summit of Moel y Gest - - 45680

East summit of Moel y Gest. Looking northeast.

Old barn on the slopes of Moel y Gest - - 342581

Old barn on the slopes of Moel y Gest

Harlech view from Moel y Gest summit - - 45665

Harlech view from Moel y Gest summit

Borth y Gest - - 45628

Borth y Gest. Viewed from Moel y Gest, looking over the Glaslyn Estuary to the Rhinog mountains.

Moel y Gest ridge - - 45672

Moel y Gest ridge. Looking east, over the Glaslyn Estuary, with Borth y Gest village on near side of the estuary.

GPS Files

GPX File

Moel y Gest.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Moel y Gest.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)