Mountains in England & Wales starting with M
|Mickle Fell (2500ft+) is a typical Pennine (England) hill, comprising a massive area of gently-graded peat and heather moor. It has a curved summit ridge 1km in length orientated E to W. From the W this ridge rises very gently NE to the large summit cairn, then gently falls ENE to the 750m contour before rising again E turning ESE to a trig point at 758m marking its E end. There are minor crags to the S of this ridge.
SPECIAL NOTE: Mickle Fell is located on Warcop Artillery Range, the land being leased by the Ministry of Defence and shown on maps as a Danger Area. Access is strictly controlled and is allowed only by two routes, one from the N and the other from the S, both following the county County Durham/ Cumberland boundary fence to the W end of the summit ridge. At the beginnings of these routes a red flag flies when access is denied, which is most of the time.
There are 12 weekends per year when access is permitted, and these Access Weekends are advertised 12 months in advance: for details and dates of upcoming access weekends go to:
For additional information and telephone numbers visit the MOD’s website:
|Moel Hebog (2500ft+) , a southern neighbour of Yr Wyddfa (3000ft+) in the Snowdonia National Park (Wales), dominates the village of Beddgelert especially when approached from the NE. It is the highest and most SE of a group of 3 hills comprising an undulating ridge: Moel yr Ogof (655m) lies 1.2 km to the NW of Moel Hebog, and Moel Lefn (638m) a further 0.7 km NNW. There are crags to the E of the summit; and also to the N of the well-trodden ascent track from Beddgelert, which follows a NE spur ridge.|
|Moel Siabod (2500ft+) stands in solitary isolation S of Capel Curig, in the Snowdonia National Park (Wales), from where it appears as a steady grassy rise in all directions without significant crags. Consequently it is relatively seldom visited. In fact, it does present a craggy face to the E, difficult to see from roads, where a cwm with a little llyn (Llyn y Foel) at 550m have been excavated by glacial action. This cwm lies between a NE ridge and an E ridge.
Though Moel Siabod can be ascended gently from any direction, the most interesting route is from Pont Cyfyng to the NE, which involves visiting the cwm and llyn and traversing the top via the two enclosing ridges
|Moelwyn Mawr (2500ft+) and its partner Moelwyn Bach (710m) are relatively isolated peaks lying WSW of the slate-mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, in the Snowdonia National Park (Wales), and prominently seen to the E from the Beddgelert-Porthmadog road. Their N and E aspects bear ample testimony to their slate-mining history. Moelwyn Mawr has short N, E and S ridges, and a long W ridge running to the little hamlet of Croesor. The S ridge passes over the narrow craggy edge of Craigysgafn (689m), thence to the col with Moelwyn Bach, which itself has a long gentle W ridge.
The two are most conveniently climbed in a circular walk from Croesor using the two W ridges, thereby avoiding the old slate mine workings and spoil-heaps of the lower slopes.