Altitude 893m a.s.l
Cloud flow over Cadair © Wulfrunian
This summit is listed in Marilyns, Nuttalls, Hewitts, Welsh Mountains (2000ft+), Trail 100, The Welsh 100, Britain's Major Mountains, TGO Finest 40 hill lists.This summit has been climbed in 695 logbooks.
Cadair Idris has a variety of faces including the classic Cyfrwy Arete on its north side and a series of isolated steep buttresses around Cwm Cau on the south east side.
North Side Approach - From Dolgellau follow signs to Cadair Idris and park at the pay and display carpark 1 mile west of the Gwernan Lake Hotel. Take the Cadair Idris footpath (The Pony Path) to a gate that accesses open moorland. 30m further on, break left to find a good path up to Llyn y Gadair. The approaches to the routes are easily viewed from the lake shore.
South Side Approach - Head south from Dolgellau on the A470 for 5km to the junction by the Cross Foxes Inn and turn right towards Machynlleth on the A487. Follow this for 7km over the col and descend to Minffordd. Take a right fork on the B4405 and then turn off immediately right to the Dol Idris Carpark.
|Cadair Idris via the Cwm Cau Circuit|
5.53 miles, 903m ascent, 6 hours. Dolgellau or Machynlleth
|Cadair Idris - a full traverse|
10.82 miles, 1,033m ascent, 6 – 9 hours. Dolgellau
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